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. There will
be a total of 39 project based units at St. Stephens. Five units are
designated for formerly homeless veterans participating in the HUD-VASH
program, as referred by the Veterans Administration. Five units
are designated for Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) eligible
persons referred by Health Projects Center. This new site based waiting
list is for the remaining 29 units.
In most ways, the PBV program operates just
like the regular Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program, with
households paying roughly one third of their income towards housing, and
the Housing Authority paying the remainder of the rent directly to the
landlord on the tenant’s behalf. However, there are some key
differences between the programs. For example, in the PBV program,
assistance is tied to the unit, not the household. Therefore, you
must reside in St. Stephens Senior Housing
for at least one year before potentially being eligible to
transfer your assistance to another unit.
Pre-applications for the St. Stephens waiting
list will be available beginning February 21st, 2017.
If you or your spouse are
age 62 or older, and you are interested in residing at St. Stephens
Senior Housing, you may complete a St. Stephens pre-application.
Pre-application forms will be available beginning February 21, 2017:
from our lobby during office hours Monday – Thursday 8:00 am –
by calling (831) 454-5950
from Santa Cruz Veterans Resource Center, 1658 Soquel Drive,
Suite H, Santa Cruz, Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
To be added to the St. Stephens waiting list,
return a complete pre-application to the Housing Authority between Feb
21 and 5 pm March 10, 2017.
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa
Cruz provides equal opportunity to all applicants for participation in
the Housing Authority's Programs, and is an equal opportunity employer.
The Housing Authority does not discriminate based on race, ancestry,
color, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, national
origin, political affiliation, age, citizenship, handicap or familial
For information on availability of units and eligibility criteria
call MidPen Housing at 855-278-7669 (follow prompts for St Stephens).
If you have any other
questions, please contact our Waiting List
Information Line at 831-454-5950.
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.
Due to the
generosity of a local family foundation,
the Lee Schulte
the SCCMOD is able to offer a full year's
membership under their Family Access Program to qualifying families for
only $5 per year.
only complete a simple application which is available on the SCCMOD
show paperwork that they receive any kind of public assistance and pay
their $5 portion of the membership cost and they will receive a
Access Membership Form in ENGLISH
Access Membership Form in ESPAÑOL
For more information, please contact SCCMOD at
(888) 424-8035 or email Gina at
Open Daily. Closed: Easter, Fourth of
July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day. Located
near the Food Court in the mall.
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