Scam in Sacramento Targets Applicants for Housing Choice Vouchers

SACRAMENTO, Calif.- A new scam is targeting those looking to apply for subsidized housing in Sacramento. According to La Shelle Dozier, the executive director of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, the scam that was recently discovered uses fake websites asking for credit card numbers and offering to sell the user a credit report. Dozier states that the agency does not require or ask for credit card information and no payments are collected to apply for a housing voucher.

Sacramento again began accepting applications for housing vouchers recently after a six-year hiatus. Applications can be filled out online at before Friday at 11:59 PM. The best way to avoid the scam is to type in the web web address directly into your browser address bar.

Under the housing program, low-income families, disabled people, and the elderly only pay about 30% of their income toward utilities and rent within residences that comply with the SHRA’s financial guidelines. The federal government is responsible for paying the remainder.