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


Posted 1/18/2016

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.

Due to the generosity of a local family foundation, the Lee Schulte Scholarship Fund, the SCCMOD is able to offer a full year's membership under their Family Access Program to qualifying families for only $5 per year.

Families need only complete a simple application which is available on the SCCMOD website www.sccmod.org, show paperwork that they receive any kind of public assistance and pay their $5 portion of the membership cost and they will receive a membership.

Family Access Membership Form in ENGLISH

Family Access Membership Form in ESPAÑOL

For more information, please contact SCCMOD at (888) 424-8035 or email Gina at ginavitali@sccmod.org

Open Daily. Closed: Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day. Located near the Food Court in the mall.

The  Housing Authority Assists People Acquire Low Cost Internet at Home
Posted on 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.  This information is from both AT&T and Comcast internet service providers.  Both have special programs for connecting low-income households to the internet for a low monthly fee.  AT&T and Comcast have slightly different ways of qualifying homes for the low cost internet service.  AT&T qualifies homes with at least one person receiving CalFresh or SSI benefits.  Comcast qualifies homes with persons receiving rental assistance through HUD/the Housing Authority. AT&T's offer is $10 a month and Comcast's is $9.95. Both companies prefer people apply online.  Here are the company's websites:

If you need more information or help please contact the company directly:

  • Comcast - Xfinity:1-(855)-847-3356

  • AT&T: English 1-(855)-220-5211 or Spanish 1-(855)-220-5225

New Housing Authority Logo
Posted on 8/31/2016

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz is pleased to announce that we have adopted a new agency logo! The new logo is presented below. You will start seeing the new logo design integrated into our website, business cards, and forms over the coming weeks and months.


New Project Based Voucher waiting list for Resetar Residential Apartments in Watsonville
Posted on 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.  The Resetar Residential Hotel is an 89 unit supportive and affordable housing project in the heart of downtown Watsonville. There are a total of 52 Project Based units at Resetar, of which 5 units are set aside for formerly homeless veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program. There are 3 one-bedroom units and 49 studio apartment in the Project Based Voucher Program.  Residents of Resetar Residential Hotel establish a service plan and receive case-management provided by Abode Services or other service providers.

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 Resetar Residential Hotel for at least one year before potentially being eligible to transfer your assistance to another unit.  

To be added to the Resetar waiting list, interested persons must submit a Pre-Application form to the Housing Authority.  Pre-Application forms can be obtained on our website or from our lobby during office hours Monday-Thursday, or by calling (831) 454-5950.  More information about the Project Based Voucher program can be found here

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 status.

If you have any questions, please contact our Waiting List Information Line at 831-454-5950.

Santa Cruz Connect
Posted on 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 on 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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