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Did, you know that someone living in San Francisco can earn up to a hundred and four thousand dollars a year and still be considered low income that's, not even the weirdest thing I saw in the news.

This week, guys let's talk about all the low income news.

You need to know.

So first of all, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently, released their 2023 SCE housing survey.

This survey found that both landlords and renters Nationwide expect rents to continue Rising rapidly throughout the year.

This is obviously terrible news for low-income renters.

But the good news is that representative Maxine Waters from California has introduced a slew of new bills that would help with the housing crisis.

These bills would do several different things and I think there's three bills in total.

So first they would provide a hundred billion dollars in direct assistance for first-time home buyers, the reports that I saw indicated that this assistance would be paid is twenty thousand dollar grants to low-income home buyers.

And the hope is that these funds could help offset down payment it's, our closing costs or any of the other expenses that you encounter when you're buying a home second, the bills would provide 150 billion dollars in Fair and affordable housing investments.

So this is money that would be used to get developers to build more housing and more affordable housing around the country, which is obviously something that we need very badly in all areas right now.

And third.

And this is the part I'm most excited about the bill would also expand.

The Section 8 housing, Choice, Voucher, Program under the new proposal.

Every family who is eligible for a voucher would be able to get one.

Now, this is a big deal because the current section 8 program is a mess there aren't enough vouchers for everyone.

In fact, I recently read somewhere that only one in four families who actually qualify will get one that's like 25 percent, which is terrible that of course, results in years-long, wait lists and delays that make it almost impossible for people to get the help.

They need and definitely impossible to get the help.

You need when you actually need it.

And when you do finally get a voucher, it usually comes with so many rules and restrictions and strings attached that it's practically impossible to find a landlord that would accept it.

Anyway, it's frustrating and discouraging and ridiculous.

But under the new proposal, any family earning 30 percent of the Aryan median income or less would actually be able to get a voucher.

This could be life-changing for low-income Americans Nationwide.

So I'm very excited about that and I'd love to see that happen.

And now of course, this is just a proposal.


The bill still has to be approved by both houses of Congress and signed by the president before it could become a law, but I am hoping because we need more affordable housing.

And we need it now or yesterday in other news, the Biden Administration has issued an executive order about contraceptive access.

The Administration has directed different government organizations to do different things.

But the overall goal is to ensure that everyone has affordable access to family planning, Services, whether they're using Medicaid Medicare, VA health care or an insurance plan from the Affordable Care Marketplace, um speaking of health insurance I saw something else this week did you know that one in four Americans are struggling with medical debt? And the average debt is over seven thousand seven hundred dollars that is a massive weight of debt, especially for low-income Americans.

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Now before we move on I just want to let, you know that I saw something else that really bothered me this week.

This was not a great week in the news.

The guardian found that the cumulative effect of poverty is now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, current poverty was listed as seventh.

So the difference here is that current poverty means well, you're currently experiencing poverty.

The cumulative effect of poverty is different.

It means that at some point in your life, you were struggling financially and the effects of that struggle added up and accumulated over the course of your life.

So this is something that can affect children.

Adults seniors people of all ages in all circumstances.

And it breaks my heart because it shouldn't have to be this way and I know that these little videos that I put out probably aren't going to change the world, certainly not going to change the world for everyone.

But we are doing what we can I know, poverty for anyone at any point in their lives is damaging and it's.

My hope that our videos make life a little easier for you.

So with that being said, let's get into our local news segment.

We've found updates for Alabama.

California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New, Jersey, New, Mexico, New, York, North, Carolina, North, Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode, Island, South, Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Um, we are going to do something a little different today in our local news section.

Instead of giving you all of the information about all of the programs and boring you to death with all of those details.

If they're not relevant to you I'm, basically going to just give a quick summary of what we found and then direct you back to our website.

If you want information about eligibility application instructions and other details.

So you can always click the link in the description below or go to low income, relief.com news and click that first article to get those details, but I'm going to try to keep this click here in the local news section.

So here we go and we'll see if this works in Alabama, the Equal justice initiative has opened a new health clinic in Montgomery that specifically serves people who have been released from jail or prison.

The new center provides free screenings for chronic diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol hepatitis, HIV, kidney disease and more on-site.

Doctors can also provide prescriptions and treatment and things like that.

So it's a great service in California.

The state has released the new state income limits for 2023.

This shows that in several counties, a single person earning over a hundred thousand dollars a year is still considered low income due to the skyrocketing cost of living in these areas that's crazy.

There are also some other things we found in California, including free music lessons and eviction Assistance programs.

And all of that information is available on our website right now as well in Florida, the Charlotte County Community Action Agency is looking for a low-income person to serve on the board, whoever fills this role will be able to influence how the county is spending the federal grants that they receive.

So if you live in this area, this is a very important job.

You may want to check it out someone will be chosen at the July 27th board meeting.

And we have the details on that on our website as well.

Now in Georgia Mission serve is looking for 10 homes to renovate in the LaGrange area.

The work is being done by volunteers.

So there is no charge for labor, but you may have to cover the cost of materials.

It wasn't quite clear in Illinois annoy.

The Fisher Village, affordable housing, complex will begin taking applications on July 17th.

This is being built by Habitat for Humanity.

So it's actually available for low-income first-time homebuyers, who will have the opportunity to buy these homes with an affordable mortgage, where your payments will not be more than 30 percent of your gross income.

This is a huge opportunity in Indiana, a new low-income apartment.

Complex just opened this week in Seymour, the apartments have one two or three bedrooms available and rent for between 340 to 972 dollars a month.

They still have about 20 percent of the units available.

So you'll need to contact them right away to apply because they are filling up fast in Iowa.

The Sioux County Library's, new internet for all campaign allows you to check out routers, hotspots, Chromebooks and tablets for an extended period of time, all of the devices offer unlimited data for free.

You just need an adult library card to the Sioux City Library to check those out in Michigan Ann Arbor is creating a new guaranteed income program for people who are interested in entrepreneurship, whether that's working in the gig economy, or you have a side job, or you have a home-based business.

The program will provide 528 dollars per month for up to two years.

And we've got more information about that on our website as well in Nebraska stem.

Connect is a program offered by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

This program can provide up to eight thousand dollars a year in scholarships to students who are eligible, um, of course, you have to be pursuing a stem degree to get those.

And we have all of that information on the website as well in Nevada ground has been broken on a new.

Low-Income housing project in Reno called the Gen Den.

This 10 unit complex will be located near 4th, Street and Keystone Avenue in New Jersey.

The state is trying to raise awareness for the low income household water assistance program.

Sorry, I was trying to remember the acronym there you can apply online or by calling 800-510-3102 in New Mexico, a new community.

Solar program has experienced delays because the state took a year to translate a two-page form into Spanish.

This program is supposed to help low-income residents save money on their utilities.

But it's now running several months behind because translation took too long, I, don't know, in North Carolina.

We have a lot of updates you'll, definitely want to check the site for those details in McDowell County there's, a resource Fair happening on June 27th that can help you with free food, Health Options and more there's also a program that can help low-income kids in Asheville participate in summer camps for free, which is a great deal residents of both North and South Carolina can get free tuition to Duke University if their family makes less than 150 000 a year.

This program will begin in Fall of 2023 in North Dakota.

The LA Live, Grand health and wellness, Expo happened last week.

It appears to be an annual event that provides health care services.

So please be sure to follow the organ organizers of that event over email and social media.

So you don't mix them.

Miss the next one.

We usually don't find out until after they've happened, which is why I still tell you about them because I want you to be able to catch it next year in Pennsylvania Inn of age is Helping, Seniors age safely at home by providing meals, Transportation computer assistance, emotional support and even help with food costs.

You can use the do I qualify tool on their website to see if you are eligible in Rhode Island, an organization is helping low-income people and homeless shelters trained to become CNAs.

This is really cool because it helps people get lifted out of poverty by getting better jobs.

While also solving the state's massive shortage of CNAs.

So that's, awesome in Texas, seniors in DeSoto can register for a free air conditioner and other assistance.

You need to register to an attend an event on July 15th at Community Missionary Baptist Church.

We have the application link on our website for that in Virginia, low-income homeowners have the chance to purchase a newly built home in Danville.

This home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and it's being offered to first-time homebuyers who meet HUD income limits, again, there's only one home available.

And a lot of people will be interested so make sure you reach out right away for that in Washington, the Snohomish County, small business, Innovation assistance program is helping people who want to start or who already own their own businesses.

They have grants loans business coaching and other services that can help you.

But you need to apply by June 29th in Virginia, the applications for the Emergency.

Low-Income energy assistance program are going to open on Monday.

The applications will only be open until Friday.

So you need to apply right away for help.

I have no idea why the state only leaves them open for five days, but that's what their website said.

So, please, if you need help with your utilities apply for that on Monday, when that opens in Wisconsin, the Public Services Commission is looking into creating new, low-income Assistance programs for utility bills.

One of the options being considered as a percentage of income payment plan, which is something we've seen available in other states.

If you're interested in that please reach out, and let them know your thoughts on that and that's all I have for you today, make sure you subscribed to our Channel and make sure you enable those notifications because I will be back on Tuesday with our EBT update for the month.

And there is a.


How to get emergency housing voucher Los Angeles? ›

The Emergency Housing Vouchers are administered through a direct referral process. Local Housing Authorities are working with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to obtain referrals. If you think you are eligible for the program, please contact a Coordinated Entry System Access Center in your region.

How long does it take to get approved for Section 8 in California? ›

Generally, it can take several months to a few years to get approved for Section 8 in California. If you have questions about the waiting list or the application process, you can contact your local housing authority for more information.

How does Section 8 work in California? ›

A tenant with a voucher pays a predetermined portion of rent and the Section 8 program pays the remainder of the rent, directly to the housing provider. The HUD-VASH Program is a type of Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher that provides assistance to veterans who are experiencing homelessness and their families.

How can I get Section 8 immediately in Georgia? ›

To apply for Georgia Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, you will need to contact DCA when the applications are being accepted. You can call at (888) 858-6085 or (404) 327-7912 to get information about opening dates of Section 8 assistance.

How to get a motel voucher in Los Angeles? ›

After regular business hours, 211 LA can provide crisis housing motel vouchers and transportation to motel locations for any eligible family (dependent on motel capacity/availability). Learn more about 211 LA's CESF Program Here.

How can I get housing fast in California? ›

Contact a regional office or visit the website for HUD in California (800-955-5342) for help finding rentals, avoiding foreclosure, filing fair housing discrimination complaints, getting reverse mortgages, or buying homes. HUD in California also assists those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

How long is the waiting list for Section 8 housing in Los Angeles? ›

In Los Angeles County, people wait on average more than two years on Section 8 wait lists. Meanwhile, about one in every four renters in SoCal is spending more than half of their income on rent.

How much will Section 8 pay for a 2 bedroom in California? ›

Voucher Payment Standards (VPS)
Bedroom SizeVoucher Payment Standard
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How long is the Section 8 waitlist in Los Angeles? ›

It could take several months or up to 10 years before this process begins. The timing depends on whether you're at the top or bottom of the list, which is determined randomly through the lottery. Yes, you read that right, it could take a decade.

Where is the best place to live on Section 8? ›

Top 10 cities where low-income housing sees best performance
  • Boston, Massachusetts – 38.2%
  • Monroe, Louisiana – 37.1% ...
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts – 35.8% ...
  • Spartanburg, South Carolina – 34.1% ...
  • Albany, Oregon – 33.7% ...
  • Hoboken, New Jersey – 32.1% ...
  • West Palm Beach, Florida – 31.8% ...
  • Pensacola, Florida – 31.5% ...
Jul 21, 2017

What disqualifies you from Section 8 housing California? ›

You MIGHT be rejected if the background check reveals… Drug-related crimes; • Violent crimes; or • Other crimes that could threaten the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of the building by other residents or PHA employees. The PHA will look at arrests and convictions that occurred within the past 5 years.

Can a landlord refuse Section 8 in California? ›

No. California law prohibits landlords from refusing to rent to applicants just because they have a Section 8 voucher. The law added voucher holders to existing California discrimination protections for source of income.

How much is a 2 bedroom Section 8 voucher in Atlanta GA? ›

Fair Market Rents for Section 8 Housing in Georgia
Bedroom SizeFair Market Rent
1 Br$1,068
2 Br$1,237
3 Br$1,499
4 Br$1,682
1 more row
Mar 28, 2023

Can you buy a house with a Section 8 voucher in Georgia? ›

Though Section 8 Housing is designed to provide rental assistance, qualifying participants can also use the funds to purchase a home. Most families purchase a home and pay the same amount on a mortgage payment as they would to rent a house.

What is low income in GA? ›

Income Limits
Family/Household SizeExtremely Low 30%Very Low Income 50%
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Is Project Homekey still available? ›

The State of California expects to release the Homekey Round 3 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) in March 2023. The County will again seek to apply jointly with co-applicants, whom it plans to select through a competitive solicitation process prior to the release of the NOFA.

What is a hospitality voucher? ›

If you're short on time, here's a quick answer to your question: A hotel voucher is a prepaid voucher that can be redeemed for a hotel stay. It's a great way to save money on your travel expenses.

What is an emergency housing voucher in Los Angeles? ›

Through EHV, HUD provided 70,000 housing choice vouchers to local 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 ...

What to do if you have no place to go? ›

Find local shelters: The majority of cities have shelters that offer temporary housing and support to those in need. Contact an emergency number: There are a variety of local and national helplines to provide assistance and support for people in need.

What is the quickest I can be evicted in California? ›

The eviction process can take 30 - 45 days, or longer. The time starts from when you have eviction court forms delivered to your tenant to the time they must move out. Choose any box, below, to learn more about the eviction process and get step-by-step instructions.

How do I get a motel voucher in California? ›

If you are experiencing homelessness, hotel/motel vouchers can help. We provide hotel/motel vouchers to individuals who are receiving cash aid through CalWORKs for up to 30 days. If you are an individual adult and homeless and in need of housing, please call Home Connect at 1-800-498-8847.

Does California have a housing lottery? ›

Learn how MOHCD runs affordable housing program lotteries. Most lotteries for our affordable housing programs are now run electronically and are open to the public.

What is the income limit for low income housing in California? ›

30% LIMITS$16,350$21,050
VERY LOW INCOME$27,300$35,100
60% LIMITS$32,760$42,120
LOW INCOME$43,650$56,100

Who is eligible for Section 8 in Los Angeles? ›

To be eligible for the program, a family's gross annual income must be below 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) in Los Angeles County. Seventy-five percent of new admissions must have gross annual incomes at or below 30% of the AMI. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determines the AMI yearly.

How much is a three bedroom voucher in California? ›

Voucher Payment Standards
Bedroom SizePayment Standard
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How many people can rent a 2 bedroom in California? ›

Occupancy Formulas

Additionally, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) uses what is known as the “two plus one” formula, which permits two (2) people to occupy each bedroom, with one (1) additional person in the living spaces (i.e., five (5) people may reside in a two bedroom unit).

How much is a two bedroom voucher for LA County? ›

Voucher Payment Standards
BedroomsPayment Standard
3 more rows

Is Section 8 waiting list open in LA County? ›

HACLA will open a Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) Waiting List Lottery for online applications on Monday, October 17 at 6 AM Pacific Time. Online applications will be accepted until 5 PM Pacific Time on Sunday, October 30, 2022.

Does Los Angeles have a housing lottery? ›

For the first time in 13 years, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) will open the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List Lottery which will provide rental assistance to qualified applicants.

How does Section 8 work in LA County? ›

The Section 8 Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program assists eligible families affordable, safe, decent, high-quality rental housing. Participants rent housing from private landlords and pay a portion of their income towards rent.

What state is the easiest to get low income housing? ›

The Top Ten Best States for Low-Income Housing in 2017:
  • Nebraska.
  • North Dakota. ...
  • Vermont. ...
  • Iowa. ...
  • New Hampshire. Affordable housing complexes per capita: 2. ...
  • Missouri. Affordable housing complexes per capita: 3. ...
  • Minnesota. Affordable housing complexes per capita: 2. ...
  • Kansas. Affordable housing complexes per capita: 6. ...

What state has best low income housing? ›

These Are the 10 Best States for Housing Affordability:
  • Mississippi.
  • West Virginia.
  • Arkansas.
  • Alabama.
  • Kentucky.
  • Oklahoma.
  • South Dakota.
  • Iowa.
May 2, 2023

What state has the highest Section 8? ›

Housing Assistance by State
StateTotal HUD HouseholdsOccupancy Rate
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May 9, 2022

What can cause you to lose your Section 8 voucher California? ›

The most common reasons for losing your Section 8 voucher are:
  • Breaking any of the program's family obligations. ...
  • Criminal activity or alcohol abuse. ...
  • Violent criminal activity,
  • Drug-related criminal activity,
  • Not paying rent on time,
  • Not keeping utilities like gas, electric, or water on in the unit,

Does Section 8 consider a car an asset? ›

Net family assets DO NOT include the following: IMPORTANT: The owner does not compute income from any assets in this paragraph. 1. Personal property (clothing, furniture, cars, wedding ring, other jewelry that is not held as an investment, vehicles specially equipped for persons with disabilities).

What is low income in California for a single person? ›

In Central California, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Mariposa counties, all considered single-person households making $46,200 a year to be low income. Analysts also found that median income amounts have increased, with many being in the six-figure range.

What a landlord Cannot do in California? ›

Under the Fair Housing Act, it's illegal for landlords to discriminate against a prospective tenant based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, familial status, or disability.

Are no cause evictions legal in California? ›

The landlord must have a legal reason ("just cause") to ask the tenant to move. The Notice must be in writing and include: The date the tenancy will end ("be terminated") Detailed reason(s) for the eviction.

How much does Section 8 pay in California? ›

In general, tenants will pay approximately 30% of their adjusted gross income toward the rent. The maximum subsidy payment is based on the number of bedrooms approved for the family size and community to which the family moves.

How much is a Section 8 voucher for a 2 bedroom in NYC? ›

Bedroom SizePayment Standard ($)
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Where in the United States can you use the Section 8 voucher? ›

If you have a Section 8 Voucher you can use it anywhere in the United States that has a public housing authority. Your program representative will contact any appropriate housing agency to arrange for your transfer.

What is the housing Choice voucher Homeownership Program in Georgia? ›

Homeownership Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher homeownership program is designed to expand homeownership opportunities to eligible families by allowing assistance payments to be counted as income when a family is applying for a mortgage loan from a participating lender.

Does Atlanta accept Section 8? ›

A: City of Atlanta's Section 8 Program provides affordable housing to low and moderately low-income individuals and families. Q: Who qualifies for Section 8?

What is the maximum income to qualify for food stamps in Georgia? ›

Georgia SNAP Income Eligibility Standards for Fiscal Year 2023
Effective October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023
Household SizeMonthly Net Income (100% of FPL)Monthly Gross Income (130% of FPL)
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May 30, 2023

Is there a housing shortage in GA? ›

Atlanta's housing supply remains low. A stubborn shortage of housing supply continues to frustrate metro Atlanta's prospective homebuyers. Metro Atlanta's housing market is getting busier with spring's arrival.

How can I get help with housing in Los Angeles County? ›

Welcome to Housing.LACounty.gov

Since 2007, this community resource has helped people list and locate housing in the County of Los Angeles, including affordable, special needs, emergency housing, and more. Listing and searches are free. Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Dial 7-1-1 for TTY.

How much is a 3 bedroom Section 8 voucher in California? ›

Voucher Payment Standards (VPS)
Bedroom SizeVoucher Payment Standard
4 more rows
May 26, 2023

What organization helps the homeless the most? ›

Coalition for the Homeless

Coalition for the Homeless is the nation's oldest advocacy and direct service organization for the homeless. With 11 frontline programs, their goal is to end homelessness in New York City. These programs include permanent housing, job training, youth programs, advocacy, and more.

What is a stay accommodation voucher? ›

The answer to “what is a hotel voucher” is “a confirmation of room reservation in hotel.” It contains information such as the guest's name, arrival date, duration of stay and the room reserved.

Does California offer housing assistance? ›

CalWORKs HA can provide payments for temporary shelter for up to 16 cumulative calendar days, as well as payments to secure or maintain housing, including a security deposit and last month's rent, or up to two months of rent arrearages.

What is the moving assistance program in Los Angeles? ›


It provides eligible families with a once-in-a-lifetime* payment of up to $2,500 to secure permanent housing. Families can apply for MA in person at any CalWORKs office.

How much is a 4 bedroom voucher in California? ›

Voucher Payment Standards
BedroomsPayment Standard
3 more rows

How much is a 4 bedroom Section 8 voucher in California? ›

Voucher Payment Standards
Bedroom SizePayment Standard
3 more rows

How much does Section 8 pay for rent in California? ›

Your rent payment is based on your income. The voucher will pay anything above 30% of your adjusted monthly income up to an established limit.

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