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How are Housing Vouchers Used?

Once you receive a voucher, you are advised of the unit size for which it is eligible, based on family size and composition.  It is your responsibility to select a unit that meets an acceptable level of health and safety before the Inglewood Housing Authority (IHA) can approve the unit.

The IHA determines a “payment standard” that is the amount generally needed to rent a dwelling unit in the local housing market.  This payment standard is used to determine the amount of housing assistance the family will receive.  A family may select a unit with a rent above or below the payment standard.  The family must pay 30% of its monthly adjusted household income for rent and utilities.  If the unit rent is greater than the payment standard, the family must pay the additional amount.

By law, when ever a family moves to a new unit where the rent exceeds the payment standard, the family may not pay more than 40% of its adjusted monthly income for rent.