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Housing

The City of Needles has a variety of housing types and architectural styles, including apartments, townhouses, duplexes, and single-family homes. Pricing is reasonable and designed to meet the needs of a broad array of house buyers, from the first-time buyer to the retirement home buyer. It is intent upon providing quality housing stock, and keeping it occupied.

The City of Needles Housing Authority is dedicated to increasing the supply of housing, especially affordable housing.

The City is in the process of being approved by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as a HUD Revitalization Zone. Once the City is approved it will be able to offer its housing stock to a broader array of buyers. These buyers will find it easier to qualify for home ownership because of the programs sponsored by HUD. Two of the programs that will be available upon Needles approval as a Revitalization Zone are as follows:

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The Teacher Next Door (“TND“) program is open to any person “employed full-time by a public school, private school, or federal, state, county, or municipal educational agency as a state-certified classroom teacher or administrator in grades K-12.” Participants must certify that they are employed by an educational agency that serves the school district/jurisdiction in which the home they are purchasing is located.

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The Officer Next Door (“OND“) program is open to any person that is a full-time, sworn law enforcement officer who is “employed full-time by a Federal, state, county or municipal government; or a public or private college or university.” Participants must be “sworn to uphold, and make arrests for violations of, Federal, state, county, or municipal law.” Their employer must certify that they are a full-time police officer with the general power of arrest.

They don’t have to be a first-time home buyer to participate. However, they may not own any other home at the time they close on their TND or OND home. They must agree to live in the HUD home as their only residence for three years after they have moved into it.

The selected TND or OND may purchase the property at a 50 percent discount from the list price. For example, if a HUD home is listed for $100,000, a teacher or an officer can buy it for $50,000. To make a HUD home even more affordable, they may apply for an FHA-insured mortgage with a down payment of only $100 and they may finance all closing costs.

There are a myriad of other housing purchase options available through the City of Needles’ housing programs, and the county of San Bernardino. Please contact the Community Development Director at (760) 326-5740 for additional information.

City of Needles Housing Authority Contact information :

908 Sycamore Drive

Needles, Ca 92363

760-326-3222

Serra Tieman

Housing Specialist

stieman@cityofneedles.com

Angelica Deermer

Housing Manager

adeermer@cityofneedles.com

The Housing Authority of the City of Needles provides rental assistance to help very low-income families afford decent, safe, and sanitary rental housing though varies programs. Current programs are Public Housing (PH), and the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV), commonly known as Section 8. We are working to introduce a new program, he Veterans Affairs Supportive sing (VASH). We are excited to announce this program launches in May 2024!

These programs are administered by local public housing agencies (PHAs) authorized under State law to operate housing programs within an area or jurisdiction. The PHA accepts the application for rental assistance, selects the applicant for admission, and issues the selected family a rental voucher or admission into public housing after confirming the family’s eligibility for assistance.

Waiting List(s):

The Housing Authority of the City of Needles Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) waiting list closed effective 8/31/2023.

The Housing Authority of the City of Needles Public Housing waiting list will remain open. Apply in person or call to request an application to be mailed.

The Housing Authority of the City of Needles Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) application will need to be referred from your VA representative.

Landlords and Property Managers that have, or may have, open rental properties are encouraged to provide their contact information to the City of Needles Housing Authority to be placed on our Housing Contacts Distribution List.

Portability (Transferring Assistance):

The Housing Authority of the City of Needles is currently Billing for incoming ports.

Notes for Other Housing Authority Jurisdictions:

When mailing a portability packet, please include verification that your agency has submitted an action code “5” Portability Move Out (provided that they are not a new Admission). This is requested in an effort to reduce/eliminate PIC errors. **All e-mails must be secured/encrypted due to Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) Security Requirements.

HUD regulation 24 CFR 982.355(c) (4) requires the initial PHA to provide the receiving PHA with the most recent form HUD-50058 and related verification information. Related verification information includes the family’s Income Report from the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) System.

Notes for participants:

If you are currently a Voucher participant in another Housing Authority’s jurisdiction, you may transfer to the Housing Authority of the City of Needles  You may advise your current Housing Authority that we are current billing incoming portability transfers. The Administration fee for The City of Needles Housing Authority is $119.70 effective 2023.

Change Reporting:

Changes to household circumstances must be reported to the Housing Authority within 10 days.

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