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Voucher Assistance

Arrow The Project Based Voucher Waiting List is OPEN for Esperanza and Parrot Village

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting list is

NEW!! Affordable Housing Applications are being offered through  RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. Click here to be taken to their site.

Important Notice Regarding Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program Assistance

October 4, 2013

Due to current and predicted future budget constraints, the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda will no longer approve requests to convert project-based assistance to tenant-based assistance, effective immediately. The Housing Authority must take this action because we do not have tenant-based vouchers available. Click
here to read more.

Any persons wishing to receive Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher assistant must first be placed on the Section 8 waiting list. The waiting list is only open to new applicants periodically. When the waiting list is closed, no new names can or will be added. No exceptions.

All communication with possible voucher holders is done primarily through the U.S. Mail. If you move during your time on the waiting list, you must submit a waiting list update form to our office. If you fail to inform us of your new address, any mail we send you will be returned whether or not you have turned in a forwarding address slip to the Post Office. If your paperwork is returned, you will be removed from the waiting list altogether.

Please read our PBV Criteria page to determine if you are eligible for Housing Assistance. The selection procedures are listed on the PBV Selection page. It is recommended that you read both forms. 

Already a Section 8 voucher holder?

These are some of the forms current Section 8 voucher holders  can access as needed. These forms are not to be used by applicants still on the waiting list.

Notice regarding Housing Choice Voucher Program Portability

Please be advised that effective March 8, 2012, and until further notice, the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda will BILL the initial Public Housing Authority/Agency for all eligible incoming portability households under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. 

For questions or further information, please contact Sherri Shefik, Housing Specialist III at (510) 747-4322 or

March 7, 2012

Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS)
This program is for current Section 8 Voucher Holders residing in the City of Alameda.

  • Are you in a low paying job?
  • Are you barely making ends meet with Cal-works, SSI/SDI, and/or Food Stamps?
  • Have you lost a job?
  • Is your unemployment about to run out?
  • Do you have career goals that have never materialized?

Well, the Family Self-Sufficiency program may be the next step in helping you realize your career dreams!

The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Program is designed to assist families and individuals in becoming financially stable by providing individualized case management services and financial incentives. Participation in the program is voluntary and requires a five-year personal commitment by participants.

Any Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participant is eligible to participate in the program regardless of educational status, age, work experience, career interests or possible status as a person with a disability. The program’s emphasis is on employment, career development, education, training, independence from public assistance and credit readiness.

The FSS financial incentive is the Escrow (savings) Account. When a FSS participant’s rental share increases as the result of increased earned income, a specified amount of money is deposited into an interest earning savings account on behalf of that qualifying family. Upon successful completion of the five-year FSS p program, qualifying families will have access to those accumulated funds.

The Family Self-Sufficiency program is continuously taking applications for the FSS program and based on recent changes to your household income you could be the next great success story in achieving your long-term career goals and economic independence. Applications are available at the front desk of the Housing Authority or you may contact Kara Korbel, FSS Coordinator, at 510-747-4337 for additional information.


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