OCHA Reopens Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) for First Time in 12 Years
The Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) has opened their waiting list to provide housing assistance vouchers. Now there will be an opportunity for people to get rental assistance.
OCHA will be accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) waiting list beginning September 18, 2023, 8:00 a.m. PDT through September 29, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PDT. The Housing Choice Voucher Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and enables OCHA to subsidize monthly rent payments for qualified applicants.
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HB City Council
The City of Huntington Beach is the only Charter City that bans any form of rent control (in Section 803 of the City Charter). This was initiated years ago by a group of park owners and developers and passed by a small number of voters. Since 2020 the MHAB has worked to convince the City Council to remove Section 803, to no avail. We also convinced the MHAB to recommend the City Council fund a modestly-priced study of MHP resident owners. Again no dice. We were told finding out who we are and what we’re up against would lead to rent control.
Now the City Council may be considering disbanding the MHAB which is our only representation in city government. City Council members continue to take large donations from park owners and their lobbyists and then do their bidding.
When will our elected officials consider us – hard-working MHC homeowners including young families, disabled, low-income, and seniors on a fixed incomes? When will they approve a Housing Plan that attempts to help city workers to actually live in Huntington Beach?
City Council Links
The City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month. Unless otherwise announced, the meetings are held in the City Council Chambers at 2000 Main Street and typically begin at 4 P.M. with a study session or closed session meeting. The open session portion of the City Council meeting starts at approximately 6 P.M. and can be viewed on cable television on channel 3.
Council meetings are webcast live and also archived on the City's website. See below for links to see MHRC in action.
The Public Comments portion of the meeting is at the beginning of the meeting. During Public Comments anyone may address the City Council on any issue for a maximum of three minutes.
The City Council meetings are rebroadcast on the city’s cable television station (HBTV) on Tuesday at 10am and Wednesday at 6pm.
City of HB
2000 Main St. City Council Chambers (lower level)
For more information visit: https://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/elected_officials/city_council
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