Skip Navigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

Project Based Voucher (PBV) Program

About the Program

The Project Based Voucher (PBV) program is a rental assistance program where the assistance is attached to the unit, rather than to the family occupying the unit.  With HUD’s permission, Housing Authorities may convert up to 20% of their Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) into Project Based Vouchers. The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz has taken the position that in most circumstances, the public interests are best served when low income families who receive rental assistance have the freedom of choice to lease a unit in their neighborhood of preference, rather than being limited to specific units.  Therefore, the Housing Authority does not routinely project base the vouchers available under our annual contributions contract. 

About the Projects
The Housing Authority currently has a total of 113 Project Based Vouchers located in 4 Apartment Complexes.

Existing Project Based Complexes

  • El Centro:         1110 Pacific Avenue Santa Cruz CA
                                 44 Project Based Units
                                 Designated for single person households age 60 or older
     
  • Emerald Hill        101 Civic Center Drive Scotts Valley CA
                                  8 Projects Based Units
     
  • Jessie Street      314 Jessie Street Santa Cruz CA
                                  4 Project Based Units  
     
  • San Andreas      295 San Andreas Road Watsonville CA
                                  5 Project Based Units
     
  • Resetar               15 West Lake Avenue Watsonville CA
                                52 Projects Based Units
     
  • St. Stephens       2510 Soquel Avenue Santa Cruz CA
                                    39 Projects Based Units
                                    Designated for low income senior at least 62 years of age

Potential Future Projects

  • The Housing Authority has conditionally agreed to project base 11 units at Pippen Apartments in Watsonville.  Of those 11 units, 6 units will be designated for disabled persons who would benefit from the supportive services offered on site.
  • The Housing Authority has conditionally agreed to project base 20 units at St. Stephans Senior Apartments in Santa Cruz.  Of those 20 units, 5 units will be set aside for homeless veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program, and another 5 units will be set aside for frail elderly persons.

 Waiting List and Eligibility
In most cases, the Project Based Voucher (PBV) Program shares a waiting list with the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program.  However, some project based voucher sites may have site based waiting lists. Click here to view all waiting lists.

When a Project Based unit becomes available, the Housing Authority will send a letter to the top families on the Waiting List. The letter will instruct interested families to contact the owner directly. Families on the HCV waiting list who reject an offer of a PBV unit or who are rejected by the owner will not be penalized. They will retain the same position on the HCV waiting list that they would have had if they had not been offered PBV assistance. Families on a site based waiting list that are determined ineligible or decline the unit will be cancelled from that site based waiting list.

The eligibility, screening, and criminal background policies under the HCV program also apply to the PBV program. The owner may apply their own admission standards to eligible families referred by the Housing Authority.

Special Program Rules
In most ways, the PBV program operates just like the HCV 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 rules that differ slightly in the PBV program.  The following are some of the key differences.  This list is not comprehensive, and is only intended to highlight the biggest differences between the two programs.   

  • In the PBV program, tenants do not pay more than 30% of their income on housing.  In the HCV program, tenants may pay between 30% and 40% of their income at the time of moving into a unit, and may pay even more if the landlord increases the rent.
     
  • In the HCV program, assistance is tied to the family, and families can move to any eligible unit in the community at any time.  In the PBV program, assistance is tied to the unit, so there are restrictions on moves.  However, after one year of participation in the PBV program, households may transfer their assistance to another unit in the community, if they are in good standing and if there is a voucher available.

Information for Landlords Interested in Project Basing Units
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz ("HACSC") is currently accepting applications from property owners for project-based vouchers (“PBV”) under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV).   Each year, the Housing Authority publishes an RPF in local newspapers of general circulation, including the Santa Cruz Sentinel and the Register Pajaronian.  The RFP is also available here.  Proposals for project based vouchers may be submitted at any time during the year.  All proposals will be scored against the criteria established in the most recent RFP.  If you would like to be contacted when the Housing Authority issues an RFP for Project Based Vouchers, please contact Mark Failor, Deputy Executive Director, at (831) 454-9455 Ext 223.

More information about the Project Based Voucher selection process is available in our Administrative Plan.

HOME    •    QUESTIONS & ANSWERS    •    FACTS & FORMS    •    LINKS & RESOURCES    •    CONTACT

 

2931 Mission St.   •   Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5709   •   (831)454-9455   •   TDD: (831)469-0122
Fax: (831)469-3712  •   Hollister: (831)637-0487   •   E-mail: info@hacosantacruz.org
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

©2007 Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz. All rights reserved.