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The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief effort is designed to help low-income Californians through the payment of back rent to landlords. Funding for this effort comes from the $2.6 billion in federal rental assistance.

About Us

The Housing Program provides housing services with funding from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), and the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

County Run Housing Programs

Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV), commonly known as Section 8, is a rental assistance program for low-income households. The purpose of this program is to meet three primary goals: provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for very low income households while maintaining their rent payments at an affordable level; promote freedom of housing choice and spatial de-concentration of low-income households of all races and ethnic backgrounds; and, provide an incentive to private property owners to rent to low-income households by offering timely rental payments. The program also supports the local rental market by encouraging unit maintenance by property owners, responsible tenancy by program participants, and self-sufficiency among participating families.

The Lake County Department of Social Services (LCDSS) Director is the Executive Director of the Lake County Housing Commission and is responsible for administration of the Lake County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

**Our HCV Program waiting list is currently closed and we are not accepting applications at this time. Our information hotline is (707) 995-4649. This pre-recorded information line will be updated 30 days prior to the opening of the waiting list. Please feel free to continue to call this hotline for updates as we have no anticipated date of opening the waiting list.**

For more information on the HCV Program, click here.

Other Housing Programs

Emergency Housing Voucher Program

The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program is available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Through EHV, HUD is providing housing choice vouchers to local Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) in order to assist individuals and families who are:

  • Homeless,
  • At risk of homelessness,
  • Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, or
  • Were recently homeless or have a high risk of housing instability.

You must qualify under one of these categories to be eligible for assistance through this program. Availability of these EHVs is managed through a direct referral process in partnership with the Lake County Continuum of Care. 

Please call Lake County Behavioral Health Services at 707-274-9101 extension 26227 for information on how to apply for this program.

To view the Emergency Housing Voucher Temporary Policy Supplement, click here.

Fair Housing Information

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

California Department of Consumer Affairs

Housing Discrimination

Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your civil rights have been violated, you can file your fair housing complaint online by visiting the HUD Housing Discrimination Complaint page.