The Housing Authority of the City of Livermore

Established in 1955, the Housing Authority of the City of Livermore is a local public agency, providing safe, decent, and quality affordable housing for low-income families, elderly citizens, and persons with disabilities in the city of Livermore.  It is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners. Through a variety of federal, state, and local resources, we provide affordable housing and service opportunities that encourage and support eligible individuals and families toward achieving greater independence and self-sufficiency.

The Livermore Housing Authority (LHA) is committed to providing a high quality of service in carrying out its mission by fostering partnerships and serving our clients with the highest level of professionalism, dignity, and respect while utilizing resources in the most efficient and effective manner.

Currently, we maintain the following programs:

Public Housing (PH) - Leahy Square

Public Housing (PH) units are managed and maintained by Livermore Housing Authority.  Built in 1974 with funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Leahy Square provides 125 public housing units in multi-family buildings. They come in a range of bedroom sizes from one- to five-bedroom units. 
Households in this program earn 80 percent of area median income or less to qualify, and typically pay 30 percent of monthly income for rent and utilities.
Please note that the eligibility requirements and application procedures for Low Income Public Housing are different than those of other programs.

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, also known as Section 8, is a public/private partnership that provides vouchers (housing subsidies) to low-income families for use in the private rental housing market.  It is funded and regulated by HUD. 
Livermore Housing Authority administers 723 vouchers.  Vouchers may be used to rent a unit from any landlord in Livermore eligible to participate in the program.
Households in this program earn 30 percent of area median income or less to qualify, and pay the portion of rent and utilities not covered by the voucher—typically 30 to 40 percent of monthly income.
Please note that the eligibility requirements for the Housing Choice Voucher program differ from those of other programs.
Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)
The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) program is a component of the HCV program that provides long-term project-based affordable housing for very low and extremely low households.
Unlike the HCV, PBV subsidies are not mobile. The subsidy is tied to a specific unit for the term of a Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract.
Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS)
The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program enables families assisted through the HCV and PH programs to increase their earned income and reduce their dependency on welfare assistance and rental subsidies.
Under the FSS program, low-income families are provided opportunities for education, job training, counseling and other forms of social service assistance, while living in assisted housing, so they can obtain skills necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.

Families who receive assistance under the HCV and PH programs are eligible to participate in the FSS program.  An interest-bearing escrow account is established by the LHA for each participating family.  Once a family successfully graduates from the program, they may access the escrow and use it for any purpose.

Homeownership Program
Eligible HCV participants who are first time homeowners are allowed to use their housing subsidies to meet their monthly homeownership expenses, i.e. mortgage, utilities, etc.
Affordable Housing

Bluebell Apartments
18 Units are Market Rate and 9 Units are affordable housing.
Chestnut Apartments
6 Units 2 Bedroom Apartments at market rate.
Las Posadas Apartments
9 Units 3 Bedroom Apartments at market rate.

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