The following waiting lists are currently open:

Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz has opened the Waiting List for the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Program for both the County of Santa Cruz and the Cities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista. The waiting list will be open until Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 5pm.

The order of the waiting list will be determined by a lottery, so there is no advantage to submitting a pre-application early. All pre-applications received by December 6, 2018 at 5pm will be included in the lottery.

If you are interested in being added to the waiting list, complete a pre-application online
If you do not wish to submit your application online, you may print out a copy.

For more information about the application process and next steps, click here.

In the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program, participants are issued a voucher and rent with a landlord who agrees to participate in the Section 8 program. The Housing Authority pays a portion of the rent directly to the landlord. The participant pays the difference between the negotiated rent and the amount paid by the Housing Authority to the landlord. This amount can (and in many cases does) exceed 30% of the household’s adjusted income.

USDA Farmworker Housing

This program is designed to provide affordable housing to households who earn a substantial portion of their income as farm laborers and who either are citizens of the United States or reside in the United States after being legally admitted for permanent residence.

Resetar Project Based Voucher Waiting List

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 the Project Based Voucher program, assistance is associated with a unit, not the tenant. Therefore, applicants reaching the top of the Resetar waiting list will only be eligible to reside at Resetar Residential Hotel at 15 West Lake Avenue in downtown Watsonville.

El Centro Project Based Voucher Waiting List

In the Project Based Voucher program, assistance is associated with a unit, not the tenant. Therefore, applicants reaching the top of the El Centro waiting list will only be eligible to reside at El Centro Residential Apartments (1110 Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz). Only single person households age 60 or above are eligible for these units. El Centro has 45 single room occupancy (SRO) units with a bathroom, small refrigerator, microwave and sink. Each unit has access to a shared kitchen, separate men and women’s showers, and other amenities.

Click here for a flyer with more information about El Centro Residential Apartments.


The following waiting lists are currently closed:

Pippin Orchards Apartments

Pippen Orchard Apartments has both project based voucher (PBV) units and non-project based units. In the PBV program, assistance is tied to the unit, not the household. Households must reside in Pippin Orchards Apartments for at least one year before being potentially eligible to transfer assistance. As not all the apartments will be project based, there will be separate waiting list for those units. Households may apply for both waiting lists.

Please contact MidPen with questions you have about Pippin Orchards Apartments: 831-707-2150.

The Pippin Orchard Apartments Wait List will close Tuesday August 7th at 5 pm.

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Merrill Road Apartments

Merrill Road is an affordable housing development consisting of 15 units for very-low income households.

St. Stephens Project Based Voucher (PBV) Waiting List

The complex is developed and operated by MidPen Housing. Occupancy is designated for low income seniors at least 62 years of age. The complex has studio, one and two bedroom apartments. There are 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.

Low Income Public Housing

In the Low Income Public Housing (LIPH) program, participants rent a townhouse style apartment owned and managed by the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz. Tenants pay rent directly to the Housing Authority equal to 30% of the household’s adjusted income. In this program, the housing assistance is associated with the unit, not the tenant. Therefore, to continue participation in LIPH Program, families must remain in an LIPH unit.


Special Voucher Programs

Over time, HUD has awarded the Housing Authority with funding for specific voucher types to serve specific populations. In some instances, these special programs offer vouchers to eligible persons from the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waiting list. In other instances, vouchers are issued based on referrals from services providers. All special voucher programs that are based on referrals from other agencies are listed and described below, along with information regarding how you can find out more information about accessing these programs.

Shelter Plus Care

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The Housing Authority administers a shelter Plus Care program which combines rental assistance and supportive services for chronically homeless persons.

Referrals for Shelter Plus Care come from the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency/ Homeless Persons’ Health Project (HPHP).

For more information, contact HPHP at 454-2080

Nuevo Sol SROs

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The Housing Authority administers a Moderate Rehabilitation single room occupancy project for homeless individuals.

Referrals for Nuevo Sol come from the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency/ Homeless Persons’ Health Project (HPHP).

For more information, contact HPHP at 454-2080

Welfare to Work vouchers

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The Welfare to Work vouchers are for persons participating in the CalWorks Welfare to Work Program. The vouchers are reserved for CalWorks participants. They are intended to be a key part of the strategy to support the efforts of Santa Cruz County families who are working towards self-sufficiency.

Referrals for Welfare to Work vouchers come from the Human Services Department.

For more information, contact Jim Narragon at (831) 454-4659

Family Unification Program – Youth (FUP-Y)

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The Family Unification Youth vouchers are reserved for persons at least 18 years old and not more than 24 years old who left foster care at age 16 or older and who lack adequate housing.
FUP Youth vouchers used are limited to 36 months of housing assistance.

Referrals for FUP-Y vouchers come from Encompass Community Services.

For more information, contact Susan Paradise at (831) 459-0444 x 202

Family Unification Program (FUP)

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The Family Unification Program vouchers are reserved for families for which lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in the imminent placement of their child or children in out-of-home care or in the delaying of discharge of a child or children to the
family from out-of-home care.
Referrals for FUP vouchers come from the Human Services Department.

For more information, contact Jim Narragon at (831) 454-4659

Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have partnered to create a program for homeless veterans that combines HUD Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs at its medical centers and in the community.

Referrals for vouchers VASH come from the VA.

For more Information, contact Shannon Healer, LCSW at (650) 269-5945

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Forms for Applicants Already on the Waiting List

For more information about the waiting list, see our Q&A page.

Waiting List Status Form

Use this form to notify us of a change of address or if you’d like to verify that you are on any of our waiting lists. Remember that if we cannot reach you by mail, you will be dropped from the list. Once we get this form, we will send you a new copy of your original letter that confirmed your address, placement on the list and your date of placement.

Request for Consent to Act on Tenant’s Behalf

Use this form to authorize someone else to speak to the Housing Authority or receive mail on a person’s behalf.