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Old 02-10-2011, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I visited Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, and other orange county areas and I love the beaches and weather there. I visited on more than once. I was looking to get on section 8 housing because I draw disability. I also work part time. I know that the wait list is very long but I will have to wait it out til something comes through. Does anyone know what range the rents fall in for 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments? I know the cost of living is higher there also and I would probably get a increase in my check if I make this move. I want to live in a nice area such as Irvine because I know for a fact they have low income housing but just have long waiting lists. Can anyone give me information on how the section 8 program works out there. I know you pay part of your rent and section 8 pays the other portion. I put in a application for anaheim housing but I hear on a lot of the threads that anaheim is not a nice location to move to. I signed up for section 8 in Anaheim and San Diego. I got a lot of negative feedback from people that live in San Diego. I was wondering how was orange county since I have visited more than once to those areas.
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: NEW CASTLE
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ive only been 2 the oc area 2X's but its uhmazin
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Old 02-10-2011, 04:41 PM
 
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Please don't take this the wrong way, but stay in Texas and live off of your own state. We can't afford you!
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:41 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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fyi, section 8 housing is rarely in desirable areas. anaheim might be about as good as it gets with regards to section 8 housing. also, the ca budget is in terrible shape and many social welfare programs are bound to be cut. having said that, i wouldn't expect an easy transition financially speaking.
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:04 PM
 
Location: RSM
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Many rentals don't allow section 8 and the ones that do are generally ghetto. With the state funds situation that will result in major cuts to all social programs, poor housing conditions, and the much higher taxes and you're probably much better off in Texas.

Keep in mind that most section 8 housing is old(40+ years old), will have single pane windows, and will only have a window A/C if you're lucky. That means it will be very hot in summer and won't conform to modern building codes for earthquakes. At least in Dallas, and Texas in general, you can find decent housing because of the available space in the state to continue to build outwards(LA basin is built out and has been for decades)
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:27 PM
 
Location: San Angelo, Texas
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Yep you can get some nice houses out here for cheap.
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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Southern California should not really be an option if you are having a hard time making ends meet in Texas.
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Old 02-11-2011, 09:46 AM
 
Location: DFW
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Texas is cheaper by far and Ca is having way too many $$$$ problems if you're living off the state
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Old 02-11-2011, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Roommates area an option. Or perhaps you can try to live on a boat in Wilmington Harbor
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