Anaheim Housing Authority (AHA) Documents
New Emergency Housing Vouchers Available
The Anaheim Housing Authority (AHA) is pleased to announce that it has received 278 Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHVs) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These new vouchers will help low-income households who are:
- At risk of homelessness;
- Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking; or
- Recently homeless and for whom providing rental assistance will prevent the family’s homelessness or having a high risk of housing instability.
Housing search assistance will be made available to eligible families to help identify safe, decent, and affordable housing.
The AHA has partnered with the Orange County Continuum of Care (OC CoC) to ensure that the EHVs assist the targeted families who are most in need. The AHA will assist qualifying families through a direct referral process from the OC CoC, and is expected to start accepting referrals beginning July 1, 2021.
How Do I Apply for an EHV?
If you believe you may be eligible for EHV assistance, you must contact the OC CoC by dialing 2-1-1 on a phone and mentioning the “Emergency Housing Voucher Program.”cannot
The AHA will update its website once more information is available.
FY 2021-2022 Administrative Plan
The purpose of AHA’s Administrative Plan is to establish policies for carrying out the Section 8 HCV Program in a manner consistent with HUD requirements, and local goals and objectives. The current Administrative Plan and its latest updates were last approved by the HA Board of Commissioners on July 13, 2021.
For the FY 2021-2022 Administrative Plan >> Click here
Buena Esperanza PBV Waiting List Opening
The Anaheim Housing Authority is opening up a Project-Based Voucher (PBV) waiting list for the Buena Esperanza development early spring. Applicants must be chronically homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The waiting list will only be open for those who qualify for the Live or Work in Anaheim preference. U.S. veterans are also eligible for an additional preference in the ordering of applications. Buena Esperanza offers furnished studio units for 1-person households. Eligible applicants will be referred by the Orange County Coordinated Entry System (CES). Beginning April 8, 2021, anyone who would like to be referred to the Buena Esperanza development may dial 2‐1‐1 to be connected to a CES access point for people experiencing homelessness. Information regarding CES is available online at https://www.ochealthinfo.com/homeless_serv/ces. If you are a person with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation OR if you require assistance in a different language, please call 714-765-4320 and leave a message or email AHAinfo@anaheim.net. One of our staff members will reach out within 24-48 hours to assist you.
COVID-19 Adopted Waivers
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Anaheim Housing Authority (AHA) has continued to comply with important directives from County and State public health professionals, including social distancing and other preventive practices that help slow the spread of the disease and reduce the risk of exposure. These directives have presented significant challenges for the AHA to continue to carry out several program operations.
The AHA will continue to conduct its due diligence to abide by the statutory and regulatory requirements of the HCV program throughout the state of emergency. However, in the case of the inability to meet these demands due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AHA has adopted and implemented several waivers and alternative requirements as allowed under Notice PIH 2020-05, Notice PIH 2020-13, Notice PIH 2020-33, and Notice 2021-14.
For a summary of the adopted waivers, please click here.
For a complete list of all of the adopted waivers, please click here
Public Housing Agency (PHA) Plans
The PHA’s Plans advise HUD, Section 8 participants, and other members of the public about the PHA’s mission for serving the needs of low-income, very low-income, and extremely low-income families, and the PHA’s plan for addressing those needs. The Five-Year Plan describes the PHA’s long-range goals and objectives for achieving the mission over the subsequent five years. The Annual PHA Plan provides details about the PHA’s immediate operations, program participants, programs and services, and the PHA’s strategy for addressing operational concerns and residents’ concerns and needs for the upcoming fiscal year.
El Verano PBV Waiting List Opening
Opening HCV Waiting List for Mainstream Preference Only
The Anaheim Housing Authority will open its Housing Choice Voucher program waiting list on Monday, December 2, 2019, for individuals who qualify for the mainstream preference.
To qualify for the mainstream preference, a household member must satisfy all three eligibility criteria: (1) must be between 18 to 61 years old, (2) must be disabled, and (3) must currently be transitioning out of an institutional or other segregated settings, at serious risk of institutionalization, homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. In order to apply, you must attach verification that you or a member of your household meets all three of the above criteria.
Beginning December 2, 2019, pre-applications will be accepted at the Anaheim Housing Authority office located at 201 S. Anaheim Blvd. Suite 201, Anaheim, CA 92805. You may submit a written request for the Anaheim Housing Authority to send you a pre-application at the following address: 201 S. Anaheim Blvd. Suite 201, Anaheim, CA 92805.
You may view the public notices below:
Public Notice in English
Public Notice in Spanish
Public Notice in Vietnamese
Utility Allowance Schedule
Federal regulations governing the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program require that all public housing authorities review their utility allowance schedules annually and make appropriate adjustments when the costs of utilities have increased by 10% or more.
For the complete allowance schedule that went into effect November 1, 2020, Click here.
Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA) Protections
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) requires that AHA inform applicants and assisted tenants of their rights under this law, including their right to confidentiality and the limits thereof.
Notice of Occupancy Rights (Applicable to applicants and tenants)
This notice identifies rights and protections provided by VAWA to rental assistance program applicants and participants who are or have been victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. It also explains the documentation that the PHA will require from an individual who claims the protections provided by VAWA, the PHA’s confidentiality obligation, and a copy of form HUD-5382 (Victim Certification Form), and contact information for local, state, and national victim advocacy groups or service providers.
To view the Notice of Occupancy Rights (English) >> Click here
To view the Notice of Occupancy Rights (Spanish) >> Click here
To view the Notice of Occupancy Rights (Vietnamese) >> Click here
Emergency Transfer Plan (Applicable to tenants only))
This plan identifies the tenants who are eligible for an emergency transfer under VAWA, the documentation required to request such transfer, confidentiality protections, how an emergency transfer may occur, and guidance to tenants on safety and security. This plan is based on a model emergency transfer plan published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Federal agency that oversees that AHA is in compliance with VAWA.