Advice needed about California Sec-8.

Advice needed about California Sec-8.

Hi guys, I made a post a few months ago about a problem I was having in regards to my landlord doing proper repairs to our apartment. Anyway, to make a long story short, Sec-8 is refusing to pay the rent for the months that my landlord did not fix the house up [May-June]. For July and August, our rent was reduced, but altogether we "owe" my landlord 2,400.00. I had made payment arrangements, but had to negate on them for awhile because all of my checks were going to rent and I did not have any money for utilities or food. She came back from a trip a month early and wants the entire balance now. While I can't say that I blame her, she's been very irrational to talk to, up until this point. She constantly puts my family and I down about not having that much money laying around to pay her right away, and then she's going so far as to say we've never paid her rent. I'm trying to organize all my rent reciepts tonight, and I am going to the bank tomorrow to see if I can locate all the checks that I've mailed her [some kind of statement saying they were cashed], so if she tries to say that again, I have proof on hand. I also called my Sec-8 worker to inform her about what was going on, but I'm unsure at this point of what else I can do. I'm making a payment to her tomorrow, and I should have the whole thing paid off in 3-4 weeks. But it's taking my entire checks. Which means I don't have any money for my extra textbooks I need for college, food, etc. I'm going down to American General tomorrow to see if I can secure a small personal loan, and I also emailed my father back east to see if he could help me out [which I never do, because we are estranged, but I'm pretty desperate right now].

Does anyone have any experience with landlords or California Sec-8? If so, what is the best way to approach my landlord about making the payments every week? Better yet, do any of you know of any organizations in Central California that are good with giving short-term small loans?
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