The Housing Authority of the County of
Santa Cruz provides affordable housing to thousands of low-income
individuals and families in our community each year. Through our
programs, we're not just providing housing we're changing lives! Check
out our Agency Report
2017 to learn more about our programs, the families we serve, and
how we're working to provide and promote affordable housing.
USDA Summer Meals
The Summer Meal programs are ready for
another season of feeding kids in the summer, and a new site finder has
There’s no paperwork or documentation required. Simply show up!
Weekly updates are provided by US Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) through
the first week of September 2017.
To find sites nearby, follow
the four numbered steps shown on the website. Start with the Find Sites
button located on the map. Enter an address (home, school, etc.) and
then click Locate. Click on the plus-sign (+) of the scroll-bar
the left side of the map)
to get a closer view of lunch sites in this county. (The curser may be
needed to move this county to the center of the webpage).
Both Points on the map,
and a List of the ten closest lunch sites will appear. To find
out details of
a nearby site, either
click on the Point,
or the List name;
a card will pop-up
with address, meal type, and hours. For directions click Open Directions
on the card.
"When I Grow Up I Want to Be..."
We believe children and youth with stable housing have better access to safe housing and stronger connections
to their schools, which leads to better futures. The Housing Authority
wants to display children and youth poster art in the office lobby. The
theme is: "When I grow up I want to become..."
Participation is open to all children and youth
(under age 18)
Young artists may use watercolor, oil or acrylic
paint, pen and ink, pastel, pencil/graphite, marker, crayon, or collage;
please consider that posters will need to be copied, as well as
displayed in a glass wall case.
Size: cannot be smaller than 8" x 10"
or larger than 18" x 24"
Use the downloadable
application and permission
form. List the child or youth's name and the grade level they will enter
in the fall. Please write the career they want (doctors, dog breeders,
pilots, farmers, artists, whatever they are dreaming of becoming). Sign
the permission that allows the Housing Authority to display, copy and
keep the poster art. Tape the form to the back of the poster.
Posters can be mailed or dropped off during
business hours to the Housing Authority from June 18 through August 3,
The Housing Authority will not be able to return
any of the posters.
The Housing Authority will award four prizes, one
for each school-age group, in the late August 2017. The four winners
will receive a $50 gift card or a gift basket from a local art or student supply store and
a framed copy of their poster!
Questions: Please call Lorena at
(831) 454-9455, ext. 280 or Tina at ext. 209.
Drop Box in South County!
The Housing Authority is pleased to announce that we have installed a
secure document drop box at the Watsonville Main Library!
hope this new drop box location will make it more convenient for many
South County residents to submit documents to the Housing Authority.
The drop box is located on the first floor just past the
reception desk. There is a sign on the wall above the document drop box
that identifies it.
We will be picking up the contents of the box
daily during the week, Monday through Friday.
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Nueva Caja para
Dejar Documentos en el Sur
La Autoridad de Viviendas se complace en anunciar que hemos
instalado una caja segura de documentos en la Biblioteca Principal de
Esperamos que esta caja para dejar documentos en su nueva
ubicación sea más conveniente para los residentes del Sur del Condado
para poder entregar documentos a la Autoridad de Viviendas.
La caja de documentos está situada en el primer piso de la
biblioteca justo después de la recepción. Hay un letrero en la pared
sobre la caja de documentos que lo identifica.
Estaremos recogiendo el contenido de la caja diariamente
durante la semana.
Watsonville Public Library
275 Main St., Suite 100,
Watsonville, CA 95076
Mon - Thurs 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sun Closed
Lun - Jue 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Vier 10 a.m. -
6 p.m. Sáb
12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Increase in Payment Standards
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz
has increased payment standards used for the Housing Choice Voucher
Program, effective March 2, 2017. These increases will reduce the rent
burden for many families in the voucher program, and will make it easier
for voucher holders to find units in the private market they can afford
with their voucher. Links to current Payment Standards can be found
The mission of the Housing Authority is to promote
access to quality affordable housing, utilize housing as a platform for
improving quality of life, and support inclusive, healthy and sustainable
communities free from discrimination. In this spirit, the Housing
Authority has compiled a list of resources for immigrant families, many of
whom have expressed concern about recent changes in immigration policy and
enforcement. At this time, the Housing Authority is not aware of any
proposed changes that would impact immigrant families receiving assistance
through the federal housing programs we administer. However, If
changes are proposed that would reduce the benefits offered to our families,
the Housing Authority will work actively with local, statewide, and national
organizations in collective advocacy to support all of our program
participants, including immigrant families.
Attorneys and Agencies
Know Your Rights
What To Do
If ICE Comes To The Door
National Immigration Law Center
County Immigration Project (SCCIP)
La misión de la
Autoridad de Viviendas es promover el acceso a viviendas de calidad a
precio razonable, utilizar la vivienda como plataforma para mejorar la
calidad de vida, y apoyar comunidades inclusivas, saludables y
sostenibles, libres de discriminación. En este espíritu, la Autoridad de
Viviendas ha compilado una lista de recursos para familias inmigrantes,
muchas de las cuales han expresado su preocupación a causa de los
recientes cambios en normas de inmigración y su cumplimiento. En este
momento, la Autoridad de Viviendas no conoce ningún cambio propuesto que
pueda impactar a las familias inmigrantes recibiendo ayuda por medio de
los programas federales que administramos. Sin embargo, si se proponen
cambios que puedan reducir los beneficios ofrecidos a nuestras familias,
la Autoridad de Viviendas trabajará activamente junto con las
organizaciones locales, estatales y nacionales para advocar el apoyo a
los participantes de nuestros programas, incluyendo a las familias
Abogados y Agencias de
Plan Familiar en Caso de Emergencia
en Caso de Redadas
Centro de Ley Nacional de Inmigración
Centro de Recursos
Legales de Inmigración
Inmigración del Condado de Santa Cruz (SCCIP)
Waiting List Opened for St. Stephens Senior Housing
Posted 2/10/2017 (updated 2/22/17)
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz has opened a new site
based waiting list for Project Based Voucher (PBV) assistance at the St.
Stephens Senior Housing located at 2510 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. St.
Stephens Senior Housing is currently being developed by MidPen Housing
for occupancy by low-income seniors at least 62 years of age....Read
Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Children’s Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD) offers families with Section 8
Vouchers or in Public Housing an annual $5 membership to interactive
learning at this children’s museum inside the Capitola Mall....Read
Authority Assists People Acquire Low Cost Internet at Home
The Housing Authority wants to help bridge the digital divide for our
participants and the whole community. Soon we will be mailing
internet access information to all our participants receiving rental
New Housing Authority
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz is pleased to announce
that we have adopted a new agency logo!
New Project Based Voucher waiting list for Resetar Residential
Apartments in Watsonville
The Housing Authority of the
County of Santa Cruz has opened a new site based waiting list for
Project Based Voucher (PBV) rental assistance at Resetar Residential
Apartments in downtown Watsonville...
Housing Authority recently participated in the annual Santa Cruz Connect
(formerly called Project Homeless Connect) at the Kaiser Permanente
Arena in downtown Santa Cruz.
Cruz Connect focuses on bringing a large number of services and
resources together in the same place at the same time....
St. Stephens Senior Housing
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz has committed 39
project based vouchers towards the development of a new affordable housing
complex called St. Stephens Senior Housing, which is being developed and constructed on
Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz by Mid-Peninsula Housing....
A Message from the New Executive Director
My name is Jennifer Panetta, and it is an honor to introduce myself as the
new Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the County of Santa