What is HUD Section 8 Rental Housing Assistance?
The Section 8 Rental Assistance Program was enacted as part of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. The Act provides funding to local jurisdictions to sponsor a free choice approach to assisted housing. There is no publicly owned housing in Santa Rosa. Rather, property owners retain property rights and tenants pay a portion of the rent to the landlord. The Housing Authority pays the rent difference directly to the property owner. These rental assistance payments help approximately 1,600 households in Santa Rosa live in decent, safe and sanitary housing while providing $13 million annually of federal funds to the local economy.

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1. What does the Housing Authority do?
2. What is HUD Section 8 Rental Housing Assistance?
3. How does one qualify for Section 8 Rental Housing Assistance?
4. What is the Santa Rosa Housing Trust?
5. Is there any money available to help me develop new housing?
6. What does affordable housing mean?