Housing Authority of the County of Kern

Housing Choice Voucher

The Section 8 Waiting List is Currently Closed

 

The Housing Authority of the County of Kern administers the federally funded Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Section 8, whereby eligible participants including very low income families, the elderly, and the disabled are awarded vouchers enabling them to find housing in the private sector. 

The Housing Authority contracts with landlords to subsidize the participants' rents. Housing must meet HUD Housing Quality Standards for the Agency to enter into a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract with the property owner.  The subsidy is the difference between 30% of tenant income and the Section 8 Payment Standard amount for Kern County or the gross rent, whichever is lower.

HUD establishes income limits annually, based on family size for the area in which the Housing Authority is located.  Currently, 75% of eligible applicants must have income that does not exceed 30% of the median area income.  The remaining 25% may have income limit up to 80% of the area median. Agency staff processes applications, determines eligibility, completes criminal background checks, and works with tenants and landlords.

 

Section 8 Vacancy Listings

0 Bedroom  1 Bedroom  2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom  4 Bedroom  5 Bedroom

 

Payment Standards Effective November 1, 2017

0 Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4 Bedroom 5 Bedroom
$638 $715 $859 $1,238 $1,474 $1,695

 

Fair Market Rents - Effective October 2, 2017

0 Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4 Bedroom 5 Bedroom
$672 $695 $904 $1,303 $1,550 $1,783

 

Median Income Limits - Effective April 1, 2018

Income Range 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons 5 Persons 6 Persons
30% of Median  (Extremely Low Income) $12,550 $16,460 $20,780 $25,100 $29,420 $33,740
50% of Median (Very Low Income) $20,900 $23,900 $26,900 $29,850 $32,250 $34,650
80% of Median (Low Income) $33,450 $38,200 $43,000 $47,750 $51,600 $55,400
120% Income Limit $50,160 $57,360 $64,540 $71,640 $77,400 $83,160

 

Utility Allowance Effective 2/1/2018

Standard Construction  0 Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Bedroom 4 Bedroom 5 Bedroom
Heating 15 18 27 39 50 60
Cooking - Gas 10 12 14 15 15 18
Cooking - Electric 8 8 10 12 14 16
Other Electric 25 37 53 67 80 94
Water Heating 15 21 25 30 33 37
Water 46 46 46 46 46 46
Sewer 23 23 23 23 23 23
Trash Collection 22 22 22 22 22 22
Range/Microwave 2* 2* 2* 2* 2* 2*
Refrigerator 3* 3* 3* 3* 3* 3*