Section 8 Participant Information

Program Rules

As a participant in the Section 8 Program, you have a responsibility to both the landlord and the Housing Authority.  You must comply with the terms of the lease.  Including making timely payment of rent and utilities listed as your responsibility.  You must use the unit as your principle residence and cannot sublease it or allow unauthorized people to reside in the property.  All information you supply to the South Gate Housing Authority (SGHA) must be true and complete.  The responsibilities for participants of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can be found in the Family Obligations (PDF).  It is important to understand that any violations of the above obligations could result in the termination of your Section 8 Housing Voucher assistance and/or denial of future assistance.  

Locating a Unit 

If you are interested in searching for a new unit, you may come the SGHA office and check our vacancy listing for available units.  The vacancy listing includes units willing to participate in the rental assistance program.  It is required that you bring your voucher to be granted authorization to view the vacancy listings.  There is no guarantee that these units are suitable for your household.  Please keep in mind; you are not restricted to the units on this list.  You may also look for units on your own.  It is required for all units to pass inspection.  Inspections are conducted by a city inspector.  It is highly recommended not to move in prior to the unit passing inspection; you are responsible for the entire rent until the unit passes inspection.  You may refer to the List of Commonly Failed Items (PDF) as a requirement guideline.  If the unit fails the inspection, all dialed items must be corrected before the subsidy begins. 

If you are living in a house or apartment built before 1979 and you have children living with you under the age of 7, you should know about the hazard of lead-based paint.  Lead Based Paint Information (PDF) is available for your review. 

Participant Responsibility for Reporting Changes

Report changed to income or household composition in writing within 14 days of the change using the Self Certification of Income Status and Family Composition (PDF) form.  Complete the form and return to the SGHA.