A registrant in California has gained access to Section 8 housing. This is a significant change because in the past all California registrants were denied access to Section 8 housing because they were required by state law to register for life.
“This is a significant milestone,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “With the help of ACSOL, a registrant was able to persuade the federal government that he is no longer a lifetime registrant.”
The registrant, who wishes to remain anonymous, applied to live with his fiance in Section 8 housing in the year 2020. His application was denied, however, because he was required to register for life. ACSOL prepared a letter to the provider of Section 8 housing explaining the new Tiered Registry Law that became effective in January 2021, including the fact that the registrant has been assigned to Tier 2 which requires 20 years of registration, not lifetime registration. The registrant also gave the provider a document regarding the Tiered Registry Law that was issued by the CA Department of Justice earlier this year.
In 2021, the registrant and his fiance married and he subsequently reapplied for Section 8 housing. The application was approved a few months later and now the registrant and his wife are living together in a home provided by Section 8 housing.
“It appears that the federal government has reached the understanding that some California registrants are now eligible for Section 8 housing,” stated Bellucci. “It also appears that eligibility is limited to individuals assigned to Tier 1 and Tier 2. Unfortunately, individuals assigned to Tier 3 are still required to register for life.”