Renter Resources

The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), serving as the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego, operates a number of housing programs for low-income families.

The Section 8 Rental Assistance Programs are programs where qualified families have a portion of their rent paid to the landlord by the Housing Authority. To apply, please visit the Online Waiting List page.

Current Section 8 participants Current Section 8 Newsletter is available along with other important information and forms. 

Port-In Procedures are now available. Please make sure to read this if you are interested in transferring your voucher to our jurisdiction.

The Public Housing program is similar to the Section 8 Rental Assistance programs, but the rental units are owned and managed by the Housing Authority and its representatives.

The Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program provides rental assistance to qualified homeless Veterans.  This program is in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Besides the programs we administer, individual cities in San Diego County may have their own affordable housing programs.  Please contact them for information regarding their programs.  Clicking on the links below will take you out of our website to theirs.



In June 2009, a law was passed which gives tenants new rights when their rental unit is being foreclosed on.  

The Housing Resources Directory is now available. Inside, you will find a wealth of information about housing programs offered by the county as well as listings of affordable housing complexes, and much more.  

If you suspect a Section 8 participant is violating any program rules, you may call our Program Review staff at (858) 694-4832 to discuss the suspected fraud or send an e-mail to  All information will be kept confidential.

HCD strives to reduce housing discrimination in all areas of housing. You may find more information about housing and discrimination by clicking on Fair Housing Program.

Free and low cost health insurance for your children!  Contact the County's San Diego Kids Health Assurance Network (SD-KHAN) Call (800) 675-2229 or visit the website at

Energy saving programs, bill payment assistance, and rebates are available through SDG&E and your local water authority.  Learn more by visiting our Energy Savings for Low Income Families webpage

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps Program is a federal supplemental nutrition program that helps supplement your food budget and buy nutritious food. Families and individuals must meet income and asset guidelines

Do you have questions regarding our programs for renters? You may find an answer on our Frequently Asked Questions page.