Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (2024)


The Housing Authority works with landlords to provide families a decent, safe and sanitary place to call home. The Housing Authority welcomes the opportunity to partner with new and existing landlords in providing high quality living standards for all housing participants.


We value your partnership and would like to hear your opinions about our programs and services and how to make the experience more rewarding for our landlords. Please take a moment to complete a quick ten question survey. All responses are anonymous. To be entered into a raffle, at the end of the survey you will be asked to enter your contact information of which is required in order to be entered in the raffle. Click here to take the survey today.

Attention Landlords - COVID-19 Update (October 29, 2020)

The Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino has implemented the following temporary measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and address the financial impact to the Housing Authority until further notice:

  • All of our agency lobbies are closed to the public for in-person sevice.
  • Rent increases that were suspended are being processed. If approved, the effective date will be January 1, 2020.
  • In-person housing inspections are suspended. For new unit (initial) inspections and complaint inspections, self-certification along with photographs will be accepted in lieu of a physical inspection; more detail will be provided at the time of inspection.
  • If a certification was used for the new unit inspection, an in-person inspection will be scheduled as soon as it is safe to do so; and
  • Routine inspections for current tenants have been postponed until further notice.

The following services will continue until further notice:

  • Request for Tenancy Approvals (RFTAs) for new tenancies are being accepted;
  • Initial and follow-up inspections for new tenancies will continue to be conducted if the unit is vacant and a lock box is provided. Otherwise, the landlord may submit a certification of satisfactory conditions with photos; and
  • Housing Assistance Payments to landlords or their agents will continue.

Housing Authority staff will continue to be available via phone and email. Because we anticipate a higher than normal call volume, we respectfully ask for your patience as we work on answering and returning all calls. The above information is subject to change without notice. Please check our website and the landlord portal regularly for updated information.

For questions, you may contact a Housing Services Specialist directly or the front desk at one of our following offices:

San Bernardino Office

(909) 890-9533

Upland Office

(909) 982-2649

Victorville Office

(760) 243-1043

HCV Landlord - Preventing Evictions

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development published a flyer regarding preventing evictions. HCV landlords may find this flyer helpful. Please click here to download the PDF.

Eviction Prevention for At Risk Tenants

Click hereto access HUD's Tenant Repayment Plan Communicaiton Guidance

Click hereto access HUD's Tools for Landlords with Tenants impacted by COVID-19

Landlords Beware- FRAUD Alert

There are persons posing as Housing Authority employees, often calling after hours (so you cannot call the Housing Authority back to confirm), and the phone number that shows up on the ID is a Housing Authority phone number. These individuals are using a mobile-app to mask their phone number with a legitimate Housing Authority number. They may say they are "working late to catch up", and that "in order to remain/become a Section 8 landlord you have to complete a certificate class or buy the handbook from the orientation". They will try to get your credit card information to "pay for the handbook" or imply that they are holding a rental assistance payment, they may even ask for bank account details. The Housing Authority DOES NOT charge landlords for information about or participation in any of our programs.Please DO NOT give someone posing as a Housing Authority employee your credit card information and ignore any story they tell you.If you get contacted by one of these callers please, click here to email and report your experience to the Housing Authority's Program Integrity Unit.

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Determining the Payment Standard for Your Unit

Determining the payment standard for your unit is a three step process: 1) find the tract code number by entering the unit address here in the Year 2019 drop down menu; 2) use the tract code number to determine the submarket by referring to the Payment Standard Census Tract Resource; and 3) Refer to the Updated Payment Standards sheet. Download PDF.

Becoming a Landlord

Find out how to become a landlord. Some of the steps are listed below. For complete details, refer to the Landlord Packet. This is a great resource packet, but we strongly suggest you attend one of our monthly workshops. To attend a workshop in the southern region of the county or high desert, email Kelly Orellana.

  • List your property.

  • Select a participant: Participant selection is based on the landlord's own selection criteria. Charging an application fee is acceptable as long as participants are charged the same fee as non-participants. The use of renter reference services is encouraged. As in all cases, Fair Housing is the law.

  • Submit a "Request for Tenancy Approval" (RFTA): Once the landlord has agreed to rent a unit to a participant, the landlord will be provided with an RFTA which must be completed. The information provided on the RFTA is used to determine if the family is eligible for the unit selected. The participant will return the completed RFTA to the Housing Authority for processing.

  • Perform a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection: Upon receipt of an RFTA, a HQS inspection is scheduled and conducted to ensure the unit is decent, safe, and sanitary and to determine whether the total monthly rent requested for the unit is acceptable.

  • Determine the rent: The contract rent is limited by rent reasonableness and shall not exceed the payment standard for the designated submarket. Under the traditional Housing Choice Voucher Program, the payment standard will be used to determine the maximum rent the Housing Authority will pay. The difference between the participant's portion, which is income based, and the contract rent will determine the Housing Assistance Payment to the landlord. Housing Assistance Payments are made payable directly to the landlord via direct deposit. A rent reasonableness comparison will be performed to determine the maximum contract rent, which cannot exceed the payment standard for the designated submarket. Under the Five Year Lease Assistance Program, the lease assistance payment will be based on 50% of the payment standard for the approved bedroom size and submarket. The family's portion of the contract rent will be the difference between the lease assistance payment and the contract rent. The lease assistance payment will be made payable directly to the landlord via direct deposit. The owner/agent must demonstrate that the contract rent is reasonable in comparison with rent for other comparable unassisted units and shall not exceed the payment standard for the designated submarket.

  • Sign the lease and contract: Once the unit passes inspection and the rent is determined, the Housing Authority will process the appropriate contract and send it to the landlord for signature. The landlord and tenant will then execute their lease based on the contract effective dates. The landlord must return the signed contract along with the signed copy of their lease (which conforms to the lease guidelines detailed in the contract cover letter) in order for the contract to be executed and the housing/lease assistance to be released.


The Housing Authority inspects all units participating in the HCV Program to ensure they meet HUD’s Housing Quality Standards and local standards. HUD regulations requires the Housing Authority to fail a unit for condition judged by the Inspector to be a health or safety violation even if not specifically listed in the standards. Questions can be directed to the Inspections Department.

Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (2024)


Is San Bernardino Section 8 waiting list open? ›

Housing Services Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program

The assistance is not tied to the unit, which means that a family who moves (voluntarily or through eviction) from the unit has the right to continue housing assistance in a different unit. Waiting list for this program is currently closed.

What qualifies as low income in San Bernardino County? ›

For an individual, the annual income to be considered in poverty is less than $12,490. For two people with no children, the poverty threshold is an annual income of $16,910.

What is the phone number for the San Bernardino Housing Authority portability? ›

For more information, contact us at (909) 890-5337 or email us by clicking below.

How can I get housing fast in California? ›

Call 2-1-1 in your area or view this partial list of shelters and emergency housing in California. CalWORKs Homeless Assistance includes rent and security deposit programs to help those currently homeless or facing imminent eviction.

How do I get emergency Section 8 in California? ›

The Emergency Housing Vouchers are administered through a direct referral process. Local Housing Authorities are working with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) to obtain referrals. If you think you are eligible for the program, please contact a Coordinated Entry System Access Center in your region.

How long does it take to get approved for Section 8 in Riverside County? ›

The list only gets shorter as participants leave the program, which happens at a rate of about 50 households a month. Veterans and people age 75 or older are likely to spend a year on the waiting list for a voucher in Riverside County. For others, the wait can range from three to 12 years, Harmon said.

What is the poorest city in San Bernardino County? ›

Poverty Level by Family Structure and Ages of Children in San Bernardino County, 2019. Residents in the City of San Bernardino had the highest rate of families living in poverty (17.2%), while Chino Hills had the lowest rate (2.6%).

What's the income limit for food stamps in California? ›

Income Guidelines (October 1 2022 to September 30, 2023)
Household SizeGross Monthly Income
1$1,580 to $2,430
2$2,137 to $3,288
3$2,694 to $4,144
4$3,250 to $5,000
2 more rows

Who qualifies for IHSS in San Bernardino County? ›

You May Be Eligible For IHSS If You:
  • Are 65 years of age, disabled or blind.
  • Have a functional impairment and are at risk for out of home care placement.
  • Have a need for IHSS services in order to remain safely at home.
  • Physically reside in the United States.
  • Are a California resident.

Does San Bernardino County have rent relief? ›

SBCRRP provides 100% financial assistance to cover up to 12 months of rent and the program is expanding to include 12 months of utility arrears as well as prospective rental and utility assistance.

Can you get evicted in San Bernardino County? ›

California law protects San Bernardino County tenants. These rights include the right to appropriate notice before eviction, the right to remain in a livable housing, protection against retaliatory evictions, and due process in eviction lawsuits. Landlords cannot disregard these rights while evicting tenants.

Is there rent control in San Bernardino County? ›

With about 1.5 million Californians still behind on rent – a 10% increase in rent can be hard. In San Bernardino County – which doesn't have rent control laws – the potential increase can especially affect vulnerable residents in a tumultuous long-term housing market.

How long is the waiting list for housing in California? ›

The time from waiting list sign-up to being housed can take from a low of one year, to a high of 6-8 years. Vacancy rates in California are at an historic low.

How long does it take to get approved for housing in California? ›

It could take several weeks or months to process your application, verify your eligibility and issue you a Voucher for rental assistance. You can shorten the time it takes by promptly submitting all documentation requested by the Housing Authority and showing up at your appointments on time.

How long is the waiting list for Section 8 housing in California? ›

Section 8 housing is privately owned, but subsidized through vouchers. Public housing is owned and operated by local housing agencies. In Los Angeles County, people wait for public housing for about five and a half years on average.

What cities have the longest Section 8 waiting list? ›

The longest wait times among these large agencies are more than seven years in San Diego County, California, where there were 56,737 families on the waitlist at the end of 2020, and eight years in Miami-Dade, Florida, where the housing agency is processing applications it received during its most recent open enrollment ...

What is the income limit for Section 8 in San Bernardino County? ›

Am I Eligible – Eligibility Criteria
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How do I check the status of my Section 8 application in San Bernardino County? ›

How do I check the status of my application?
  1. Login to EZOP Portal.
  2. Go to “My Records”
  3. Click on the “Record Number”
  4. Click the down arrowhead next to the “Record Info” tab.
  5. Click “Processing Status“
  6. Please visit EZOP.sbcounty.gov homepage and review “Application How-To Videos”
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