Moving and Need Help with that Security Deposit?
The Housing Authority administers several Security Deposit Programs for jurisdiction in Santa Cruz County. These Security Deposit Programs offer eligible individuals and families assistance with a portion of their security deposit. Please see below for details about eligibility requirements, benefits and funding available in each of these programs. For more information about what household income is eligible for each program, click here for a table of income limits.
For all programs, your income eligibility MUST be determined before you move in, or you will be ineligible for security deposit assistance.
List of Security Deposit Programs
City of Capitola
80% Median Family Income
City of Santa Cruz
The Security deposit assistance is primarily limited to low income households at or under 60% AMI, although up to ten percent (10%) of households may have incomes at or below eighty percent (80%) of County median family income.
Santa Cruz County Unincorporated
50% Median Family Income. For households who are homeless, or would be homeless without this assistance
Santa Cruz County HOME TBRA
The Security deposit assistance is primarily limited to low income households at or under 60% AMI, although up to ten percent (10%) of households may have incomes at or below eighty percent (80%) of County median family income
What Happens To The Security Deposit When I Move?
In most cases, the security deposit assistance is to be considered a loan during the time that you occupy the unit. When you move, you will be required to return the full amount of the security deposit assistance to the Housing Authority in the form of a check made out to the specific jurisdiction in which you were living.
If you return the security deposit assistance in full, you will be eligible to participate in the security deposit assistance program again in the future.
How Do I Apply?
First, you must find the unit that you would like to rent. An application for the security deposit program cannot be processed until you have located a unit.
Next, you will need to fill out a security deposit application form, available by calling the Security Deposit Program at (831) 454-9455 ext 321.
The application will require you to provide information about income, assets, and other family information. Additionally, you will be required to provide documentation of all of the income you report:
- We will need copies of pay stubs, W-2s, tax returns and any other forms of income you receive.
- A checklist of required documents is attached to the application form. Documents needed for the eligibility process must be submitted with your application.
Applications for this program will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Housing Authority at (831)454-5977 for more information.