Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz
Also serving the Cities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista


The mission of the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz 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.



Recent News

Agency Report 2017
Posted 7/10/2017













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
Posted 7/05/2017

The Summer Meal programs are ready for another season of feeding kids in the summer, and a new site finder has launched! https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks

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 (on 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..."
Posted 6/13/2017

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, 2017.

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.

New Document Drop Box in South County!
Posted 6/5/2017

The Housing Authority is pleased to announce that we have installed a secure document drop box at the Watsonville Main Library!

We 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
del Condado

La Autoridad de Viviendas se complace en anunciar que hemos instalado una caja segura de documentos en la Biblioteca Principal de Watsonville!

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.    Dom Cerrado

Increase in Payment Standards
Posted 3/2/2017

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 below.

Immigration Resources
Posted 2/28/17

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.

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 inmigrantes.


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 More

Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Posted 1/18/2017

Santa Cruz 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 More

The Housing Authority Assists People Acquire Low Cost Internet at Home    
Posted 11/9/2016
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 assistance....Read More 

New Housing Authority Logo    
Posted 8/31/2016
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz is pleased to announce that we have adopted a new agency logo! Read More

New Project Based Voucher waiting list for Resetar Residential Apartments in Watsonville     Posted 6/23/2016
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... Read More 

Santa Cruz Connect    
Posted 5/24/2016
The Housing Authority recently participated in the annual Santa Cruz Connect (formerly called Project Homeless Connect) at the Kaiser Permanente Arena in downtown Santa Cruz. 
Santa Cruz Connect focuses on bringing a large number of services and resources together in the same place at the same time....  Read More

St. Stephens Senior Housing     Posted 5/10/2016
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.... 
Read More

A Message from the New Executive Director     Posted on 4/4/2016
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 Cruz...  Read More

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