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The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz has been informed that HUD has enough funding to ensure that February payments for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program will be made on time. The Housing Authority expects to receive February funding from HUD on Friday, February 1st. As a reminder, direct deposits are transmitted to landlords’ accounts on the same day that funding is received from HUD. Please keep in mind that most banks post these direct deposits to landlords’ accounts on the following business day (Monday, February 4th in this scenario). Rent payment to landlords via physical checks will also be mailed from our facility on the same day that funds are received from HUD.  As the government shutdown continues, the Housing Authority will provide additional information here on our website, as we receive information from HUD.

Art Contest: “What Home Means to Me”

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz invites all children and youth (grades Kindergarten through 12th grade) who are residing in assisted housing to create a poster on what home means to them. We will award three winners, one for each school-age group, with a $50 gift card for art and school supplies, an annual family membership to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH), and a framed copy of their poster. We will also frame a copy of the winning posters to hang in our office lobby, and submit the original copies into a national contest!    Twelve national winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card, and the grand prize winner will be awarded an iPad, and a trip with a family member to Washington, D.C. where he or she will be honored at a national conference and receive a tour of Capitol Hill.

School-Age Groups:
Elementary – K to 5th grade;
Middle – 6th – 8th grade;
High – 9th – 12th grade

  • Theme – “What Home Means to Me”
  • Size – All posters must be 22” x 28” flat enough to mail
  • Media – Contestants may use any art media (marker, crayon, paint, collage, textiles, etc.), but please consider that posters will need to be packaged, mailed and reproduced
  • Provide a short written description on “What Home Means to Me.” Sign the permission/release form.

Questions? Please call Kate at (831)454-9455.

Due Date: January 17, 2019

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Concurso de Arte: “Que significa para mí el hogar”

La Autoridad de Viviendas del Condado de Santa Cruz invita a todos los niños y jóvenes (grado Kindergarten a 12 grado) que residen en viviendas subsidiadas a crear un póster sobre qué significa para mi el hogar. Tendremos tres ganadores, uno por cada grupo de edad escolar, con una tarjeta de regalo de $50 para artículos de arte y escolares, una membresía anual al Museo de Arte e Historia de Santa Cruz (MAH) para la familia, y una copia enmarcada de su póster. Tambien enmarcaremos una copia de los posters ganadores y los colgaremos en nuestra oficina y enviaremos las copias originales a un concurso nacional! Doce ganadores nacionales recibiran una tarjeta de regalo Visa de $100, y el ganador del premio mayor recibirá un iPad y un viaje con un miembro de la familia a Washington D.C., donde el o ella será honrado/a en una conferencia nacional y recibirán un recorrido por el Capitolio.

Grupos de edad escolar:
Primaria: de K a 5º grado
Intermedia: de 6º a 8º grado;
Secundaria: de 9º a 12º grado.

  • Tema – “Qué significa para mí el hogar”
  • Tamaño – todos los pósters deben medir 22×28 pulgadas, planos suficientemente para enviar por correo
  • Medios – el concursante puede usar cualquier medio astístico (marcadores, crayolas, pintura, collage, textiles, etc.) pero por favor consideren que los pósters tienen que ser empaquetados, enviados por correo y reproducidos.
  • Proporcione una breve descripción escrita de “Qué significa para mi el hogar”. Firme el formulario de permiso/autorización

Preguntas? Por favor llame a Kate al (831) 454-9455

Fecha para entregar el Póster: antes del 17 de enero de el 2019


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Landlord and Property Management Workshop

Learn more about the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Tenant Screening, Rental Unit Inspections, Landlord Termination Process, Rent Reasonableness, Payment Standards, and Annual Renewal Process are a few of the topics that will be covered by Housing Authority Staff. Please RSVP by September 26th, 2018. To get more information or to reserve your space click here.