Supervisors approve Section 8 voucher for Hemet Vista apartments

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The Riverside County Board of Supervisors members are also the board members of the county’s Housing Authority, and in that capacity the county supervisors gave approval to Section 8 voucher housing assistance for the Hemet Vista apartment complex.

The supervisors’ 5-0 vote, Nov. 19, approved the Section 8 Project-based Voucher Program Housing Assistance Payments Contract between the Housing Authority and Hemet Vista 1&2 Partners, authorized the executive director of the Housing Authority or the director’s designee to take steps to implement the contract including signing subsequent necessary documents and found the contract to be categorically exempt from National Environmental Policy Act review.

The Hemet Vista I and II Apartments in the 200 block of West Fruitvale Avenue total 144 units, including one manager’s unit, on approximately 4.79 acres. The Housing Authority issued a Request for Proposals for Housing Choice Voucher Program project-based vouchers, Aug. 12, and 22 vouchers were awarded for the Hemet Vista complex. The vouchers will cover eight three-bedroom, two-bathroom units and 14 four-bedroom, two-bathroom units.

The vouchers will be used for rental assistance. The rent for the three-bedroom units is $1,888 including a $72 utility allowance while the rent for the four-bedroom units is $2,132 including an $86 utility allowance.

Section 8 housing is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and because of the federal funding, the activity was potentially subject to NEPA review.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia.com.