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Low-Cost & Subsidized Housing
Housing Crisis, Evictions, Homelessness

Finding affordable housing is currently a difficult problem for seniors in Los Angeles. You can contact the Multipurpose Senior Center closest to you for assistance with housing in your community.

bullet Housing Crisis for Seniors in Los Angeles

Finding affordable housing and dealing with the eviction of long-term senior tenants are among the most difficult problems currently affecting elders and senior centers in the Los Angeles area. Several elements contribute to the current housing crisis for seniors:

A shortage of affordable apartments, 
Rising market-rate rents, 
Rent control laws (Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, West Hollywood)
In Los Angeles, the law prevents landlords from raising rents more than 3% per year until a tenant moves out. The law also allows landlords to evict tenants in order to make repairs of $10,000 or more per unit. It has become increasingly profitable for landlords to consider this option to replace long-term tenants with low rents. A moratorium affecting these evictions is in place since July 2002. For more details, please see this City of Los Angeles Rent Stabilization bulletin.
Changes in federally subsidized housing programs that make it easier for landlords to stop participating in them.

A senior on a fixed income faces great difficulties in finding safe and affordable housing or in relocating after an eviction. Subsidized housing and federal programs are increasingly challenging to secure and often involve a long waiting list.  Up arrow to top of page

bullet Housing Authority - Los Angeles City

The Housing Authority is a federally-funded agency that administers public housing, Section 8, and affordable housing units in the city for qualified low-income families, the disabled and seniors. All housing is provided on a waiting list only. No emergency housing is available. Many of the public housing developments have on-site services such as childcare, computer learning centers, community service centers and recreational facilities.

Public Housing Application Center, Section 8 Information, Property Management, Resident Relations and other contact information can be found on this page.
Website
http://www.hacla.org/   Up arrow to top of page

bullet Los Angeles Housing Authority - County

The Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACoLA) provides various service programs including rent subsidies for low-income residents, seniors and disabled. There is a very long waiting list for some programs.
Tel: (562) 347-HOME (4663).
Address: 12131 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs, CA  90670.

For more information about programs and contact information, please see the HACoLA Website.

A list of Assisted Housing in Los Angeles County is available on the Internet from the HUD website.  Up arrow to top of page

bullet Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Federal

The HUD Los Angeles Web site has a special section for seniors.

The HUD Los Angeles Web site offers more comprehensive information about HUD programs including:

Fair market rent
Section 8 information
Information on rental housing developments
Public housing
List of Public Housing agencies
Fair Housing agencies
Application process

HUD Los Angeles office
611 West 6th Street, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 894-8000
TTY: (213) 894-8133; Fax: (213) 894-8096

For more information, please visit the HUD Web siteUp arrow to top of page

bullet Renting and Renter's Rights

bulletRental Help from HUD
Explains Public Housing, Section 8 vouchers, subsidized apartments and local public housing agencies.
bulletRenter's Kit from HUD
bulletHousing Discrimination from HUD
bulletRenter's Rights from the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
- Relocation
- Cure or quit
- Habitability remedies for tenants
- Return of property
- Habitability
- Rent increases
- Security deposits
- Evictions
bulletBet Tzedek Legal Services
- Assistance for seniors at risk
- How to get repairs made in your apartment
bulletEviction Defense Network of Los Angeles is a non-profit organization fighting for tenants.
bulletCoalition for Economic Survival (CES)
- CES organizes low and moderate income tenants (of privately owned rental housing units including both federally subsidized and non-subsidized units) whose residences are at-risk due to slum conditions including lead hazards), proposed demolitions, proposed renovations, illegal evictions and owners' desires to opt-out of federally subsidized rental housing programs.
- At the Clinic tenants have the opportunity to receive individual counseling and advice from our staff of volunteer attorneys and counselor. There are no income restrictions or other requirements to receive assistance.
bulletOther local resources suggested by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles  Up arrow to top of page

bulletEviction of a Senior

If you are threatened with eviction, ask for help immediately since time is of the essence and you could lose many rights by waiting even a few days.

In Los Angeles, the law prevents landlords from raising rents more than 3% per year until a tenant moves out. The law also allows landlords to evict tenants in order to make repairs of $10,000 or more per unit (with some notice and a relocation fee). It has become increasingly profitable for landlords to consider this option to replace long-term tenants with low rents. Some parts of the city are being "gentrified" and eviction of seniors is epidemic. A moratorium affecting these evictions is in place since July 2002. For more details, please see this City of Los Angeles Rent Stabilization bulletin.

When a landlord stops participating in a federally subsidized housing program, a senior who has relied for years on federal rent voucher must pay the full rent amount or move out.

We are seeing an increasing number of cases where seniors are being evicted through no fault of their own in an attempt to bring rents to market rates. 

If you receive a notice, get help immediately to protect your rights:

bulletRenter's rights related to evictions from the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
bulletHousing/Eviction Defense Unit of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
bulletBet Tzedek Legal Services
Assistance for seniors at risk
bulletCoalition for Economic Survival (CES) for assistance and counseling.
bulletContact your local Multipurpose Senior Center for assistance. Up arrow to top of page

bullet Homeless Senior

A senior who is evicted often has nowhere else to go and becoming homeless is a real fear. A frail elder who has been a model tenant for 30 years, paid the rent on time and never caused trouble can within a few short weeks be out of his or her home.

Often, the senior can no longer afford to stay in the same neighborhood where a support system enabled him or her to live independently. This is a terrifying situation for a strong and competent senior. Without intervention and assistance, a disabled senior may become homeless.

A physically or mentally disabled senior may not be able to use a referral. If you are aware of a frail senior who might become homeless, you are his or her lifeline:

If time allows:
Please make the referral to the closest Multipurpose Senior Center
In an emergency:
Please call Adult Protective Services for assistance.  Up arrow to top of page

bullet Living Independently in Los Angeles - LILA
For People and Seniors with Disabilities

The housing crisis for people with disabilities in Southern California is worsening daily as demand pressures increase and landlords raise rents and option out of federally subsidized programs. Finding affordable and accessible housing is one of the greatest obstacles to independent living for people with significant disabilities. A recent report by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Housing Task Force found that the average cost for an efficiency apartment in Los Angeles was 100% of the current SSI income. LA City's Department on Disability estimates that only 3% of the rental housing stock in the entire city is accessible. There is currently no way for people to register or apply for housing programs online or even to locate housing that meets their accessibility needs. LILA has begun mapping those resources, including accessible shelters, SROs and short-term housing and is working with the Los Angeles Housing Department to gather data on accessible, affordable rental housing in the City of Los Angeles, which will be included on the LILA web site when it is available.
Sign up for this free service and accessibility information on the LILA Web siteUp arrow to top of page

Updated 08/29/2005

 

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LILA - Housing for people
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Useful Links

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HUD Web site
bullet National Housing Law
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