Welcome to the Partners in Housing Newsletter! This is a bi-monthly publication for the Long Beach Housing Authority to share relevant information for owners, landlords, and housing providers who participate in our housing assistance programs.


Welcome to the Long Beach Housing Authority's Partners in Housing December Newsletter! As we reach the end of 2022, our team wishes you a healthy and joyful holiday season and we look forward to another year of partnering with you in 2023.

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Ownership Team Updates

Our newly established Ownership Team has been able to accomplish a lot this year and we are hoping to do even more in 2023!

In the past year, the Ownership Team has processed over 540 Requests for Tenancy Approvals (RFTA) to help determine affordability for our families and draft reasonable rents for the unit. In this process, we have conferred with our Inspection Unit to expedite our RFTA process. Our team has also processed over 1,300 rent increases to ensure housing providers are paid Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) appropriate to the market.

In helping onboard housing providers to our Section 8 programs, we have also led a handful of info-sessions on the topics of onboarding new owners to our program, our Partner Portal for owners to access their information online, and Housing Quality Standards for units to meet inspection requirements.

We have also ramped up our efforts to support housing providers in our efforts to lease up with voucher families. For instance, we are now managing an internal listing to help connect our families with available housing units provided by owners. In addition, we've tabled at the recent Apartment Association Trade Show to share the incentives that we are offering to housing providers to encourage participation in our Section 8 programs. This year, we have provided hundreds of leasing bonuses and security deposits to owners for leasing up with our families.


In 2023, the Ownership Team hopes to further streamline the RFTA process to make it completely fillable online. In addition, we plan to make all our info-sessions available via on-demand recordings to allow flexibility for housing providers to learn information about how to participate in our Section 8 programs. Lastly, plan to hose an Open Housing in the Spring of 2023 to connect our housing partners with our Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) families and further assist in the lease-up process.

New Payment Standards

In the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, payment standards are used in the calculation of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) that the Housing Authority of the City of Long Beach pays to the owner on behalf of the family leasing the unit.

Changes to payment standards will go into effect on January 1, 2023. To review the new payment standards or learn more, click the button below.

Please note, payment standards will continue to be used in conjunction with tenant affordability, utility allowances, and comparisons to comparable units in order to determine Housing Assistance Payments.

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Seeking a Technology Coordinator

Are you interested in joining the Long Beach Housing Authority team in our effort to provide housing assistance to families in need?

We are looking for a Technology Coordinator to help drive modernizations across our agency. This position will oversee the development, implementation, and maintenance of our technological systems development at the Housing Authority.

Applications for this position will close on Dec. 22, 2022, at 4:30PM Pacfic Time.

Apply Here

Frequently Asked Questions - Source of Income

Provided by the State of California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

What is the new law regarding source of income protections?

California has a law called the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) that protects people from housing discrimination based on categories including race, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, familial status, and sexual orientation and some sources of income. The latest amendment to the law regarding source of income protections adds people using a federal, state, or local housing subsidy to this list of protected groups. This means housing providers, such as landlords, cannot refuse to rent to someone, or otherwise discriminate against them, because they have a housing subsidy, such as a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, that helps them to afford their rent.

What types of housing subsidy programs are included under the source of income protection law?

The new law prohibits discrimination against any applicant because the applicant is using a federal, state, or local housing subsidy to assist with paying rent. Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, the HUDVASH program, Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Programs, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS and security deposit assistance programs, among others, all fall within the scope of the new law’s protection.

What is “Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance”?

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is administered by a local public housing authority to help households with low income pay their rent. 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.

Who must comply with the new law?

All housing providers must comply with the FEHA’s new source of income protection law. This includes private landlords, property management companies, homeowners associations, corporations, and others who rent residential property in California.

What are some examples of practices that are prohibited?

A housing provider cannot take the following actions based only on a person’s source of income, or the housing assistance that person receives (partial listing):

  1. Advertise or state a preference for tenants with certain sources of income.
  2. Refuse an application from a prospective tenant, charge a higher deposit or rent, or treat the prospective tenant or tenant differently in any other way because the prospective tenant or tenant uses a Section 8 voucher or other housing subsidy.
  3. Refuse to enter into or renew a lease because the tenant will use a Section 8 housing voucher or other housing subsidy.
  4. Interrupt or terminate any tenancy because the tenant is using or plans to use a Section 8 voucher or other housing subsidy.
  5. Falsely represent that a rental unit is not available for tenancy because the prospective tenant will be using a Section 8 housing voucher or other housing subsidy.
  6. Require any clause, condition or restriction in the terms of an agreement solely because the tenant will use a Section 8 voucher (with the exception of those required by a particular subsidy program).
  7. Restrict a tenant’s access to facilities or services at the rental property (such as a pool or fitness center) or refuse repairs or improvements to the property associated with the tenancy, because of the use of a Section 8 housing voucher or other subsidy.

Can housing providers indicate in a notice or advertisement, “I do not accept Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Rental Assistance”?

No. It is unlawful to make, print, publish, advertise, or disseminate in any way, a notice, statement or advertisement that indicates that a tenant will be declined because their source of income includes a Section 8 voucher subsidy.

Are housing providers prohibited from screening applicants with housing subsidy assistance based on other factors?

No. While housing providers cannot decline a tenant or treat a prospective tenant differently than other applicants based only on the applicant’s receipt of housing assistance, housing providers still have the right to screen all applicants according to their lawful tenant screening criteria. All fair housing laws still apply.

Can a housing provider still screen for income eligibility to ensure an applicant will be able to pay their rent?

Yes. However, housing providers must consider all legal verifiable sources of income for an applicant or resident. Any money that will be paid by a household must be included as part of the applicant’s or resident’s annual income when determining whether their income meets the requirements for the rent amount or other financial standard. This means that the housing provider must consider the total income of persons residing together or proposing to reside together on the same basis as the total income of married persons residing together or proposing to reside together.

If a housing provider uses a financial eligibility standard that requires a household to have a certain amount of income to qualify for a unit, how can a Section 8 tenant meet the financial standard?

If a tenant or applicant is using a housing subsidy, such as a Section 8 voucher, the housing provider is only permitted to consider the tenant’s portion of the rent. If a housing provider uses a financial or income standard that is not solely based on the portion of the rent to be paid by the tenant, then the housing provider has committed an unlawful discriminatory housing practice. For example: A two-bedroom unit is advertised at a rent of $2,500 per month. The building has a policy that all households must have an income of at least three times the rent in order to qualify for a unit. A household with a Section 8 voucher applies for the apartment. The tenant’s portion of the rent is $500 and the housing authority will pay the additional $2000. The housing provider is permitted to require that the tenant have an income of at least $1500 a month (the tenant portion x3).

Does the new protection mean a housing provider cannot set rent amounts?

No. The local public housing agency determines whether or not the rent requested by the housing provider for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance household is reasonable. Critical market factors that impact rent are considered, such as the location, quality, size, unit type and age of the contract unit, as well as any amenities. To raise the rent, the housing provider first must comply with any law that limits rent increases for certain residential properties and must provide the tenant and the local public housing agency with a written notice of a proposed rent increase and submit a Rent Increase Application. Rents for existing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance tenants may not exceed the rents charged for units with tenants who do not receive rental assistance.

What could happen if a housing provider does not follow the new law?

Tenants and applicants can file a private lawsuit against housing providers who violate the law, or they can file a complaint with DFEH. DFEH will investigate and attempt to resolve the complaint. If the complaint isn’t resolved and DFEH determines there has been a legal violation, DFEH can file a lawsuit in court seeking remedies that may include recovery of out-of-pocket losses, an injunction prohibiting the unlawful practice, access to housing that the landlord denied, damages for emotional distress, civil penalties or punitive damages, and attorney’s fees.

Where can I get more information?

Please see DFEH's website at www.dfeh.ca.gov for more information and resources about source of income discrimination.

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Thank You, Commissioner Tanzer!

We wanted to thank Mrs. Tanzer for her 18 years of service as a Resident Commissioner. She has advocated for residents throughout her involvement with the Housing Authority Commission. Pictured is her last meeting as a Commissioner at the City Council Chambers.


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Please remember to check your email regularly for correspondence from the Housing Authority. Some items that get emailed to you from the Housing Authority require timely responses back in order to process accordingly.


Renewing for Success Info-Session

New owners and existing owners are welcome to join us for our upcoming workshop. This workshop will be hosted by the Leasing and Contracting Unit and will describe best practices for owners to be successful and to have a positive experience.

All info-sessions will continue to be held virtually via Zoom, until further notice. You must RSVP to receive an email invitation. Please see the contact information below. 


Mark your calendar for our Renewing for Success Info-Session:

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023, noon to 1 p.m. 
RSVP for our Upcoming Info-Session


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