Inglewood City Manager Artie Fields sent out an email announcement detailing the enormous amount of applications that were received in six days in response to the opening of the city’s Section 8 housing list.
Inglewood is experiencing unheard of interest in moving into the city and property owners are taking advantage of the increased density housing allowance by preparing to commence on new construction to add additional units to the underutilized land their current property encompasses.
Stricter Section 8 guidelines ensure that voucher holders can only rent properties for the value of their voucher. They are no longer able to pay an “additional” cost to supplement the rent.
The Inglewood Housing Authority has an enhanced verification system that allows them to track individuals income, through their social security number, to ensure they are not receiving benefits without reporting their true income.
Those found in violation of the programs guidelines are removed from the program and have to enter into an agreement to repay the housing authority.
Fields stated the next steps will be a random drawing of 5,000 applications and will receive vouchers as they become available.
The city has until July 27, 2020, to apply for an additional $735,766 from the Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) Program to fund vouchers and the first-time homebuyers program. The General Fund expended nearly $1 million on two homes for first-time homebuyers earlier this year that according to the staff report needs to be paid back.
The city’s first-time homebuyer program came under scrutiny by 2UrbanGirls, the Daily Breeze and City Treasurer Wanda Brown when we revealed the #1 position on the lottery went to a city employee.