The easiest way to find public housing in Los Angeles is through the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles website. Download and print an English- or Spanish-language application from Hacla.org, fill it out and mail the form to the city's Housing Authority Application Center.
As of 2015, the public housing system in Los Angeles includes more than 6,500 units in 14 large family public housing locations. To apply for public housing, you must download and print the application form online or apply in person at the Housing Authority Application Center.
There is generally a waiting list for public housing, but preference is given to applicants who are working at least 20 hours per week, are attending college full time, are disabled, or are over the age of 62. To be eligible for public housing, all adult members of the household must pass a criminal background check, the family must not have any outstanding debt exceeding 60 percent of their monthly income, and at least one member of the household must be a legal U.S. citizen.
After applying for and being approved for public housing in Los Angeles, the applicant is provided up to three offers of units at three different sites.