The Section 8 program provides assistance to low-income families in the private rental market, allowing property owners to rent to participating tenants. Assisted families choose a unit from the private rental market. Rental assistance makes market rate housing affordable. Program participants normally pay no more than 40% of monthly-adjusted income towards rent and utilities. The Housing Assistance Payment subsidizes the balance of the rent to the property owner. If you are interested in listing a rental unit, please fill out a Vacancy Listing (PDF) and submit to the South Gate Housing Authority (SGHA) office. All units must pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection before the subsidy can start. A HUD Inspection Checklist (PDF) is available for you to use to prepare your unit for inspection. For detailed information on inspection standards, review A Good Place to Live published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Effective April 1, 2015,landlords will be required to enroll in direct deposit for all housing assistance payments. If you have not yet done so, please complete a Direct Deposit Form (PDF) and return it to the SGHA office for processing.
Fair Housing and Disability: Reasonable Accommodations
This video was designed to inform housing providers of their rights and responsibilities under state and federal housing laws. Problems may arise when rental property owners/residents managers do not understand their obligation to make changes in rules and policies in order to provide reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities. The SGHA make every effort to reduce housing discrimination in all areas of housing. To obtain other fair housing information, please go to Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website provides tips for renters and landlords.
Need information about your legal rights? The California Department of Consumer Affairs has a Guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities.