Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura
995 Riverside Street
Ventura, Ventura County, CA

805-648-5008 http://www.hacityventura.org

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed.


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Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The City of Burenaventura Housing Authority is curently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and elderly/disabled individuals.


The approximate wait time for public housing is 3-7 years.

This housing authority has 573 units with 0-4 bedrooms, for families and elderly/disabled individuals.

To apply for public housing you can visit their website to print and complete an application here.  You can also visit the housing authority office located at 995 Riverside St., Ventura, CA 93001, to pick up an application, during normal office hours.  Be sure to include copies of these documents with your application: birth certificates, social security cards, photo IDs for all adult household members, Declaration of Eligibility for Assisted Housing (214) for each family member, copy of Alien Registration card (front and back) if applicable, Authorization for Release of Information signed by all adult family members,current proof of residency (lease, utility bill), and current income verification.

This housing authority does not go by a preference point system, instead your application is placed by date and time received.

For more information, visit the housing authority website at www.hacityventura.org, or the office can be reached by calling 805-648-5008 or 805-643-7948, during normal office hours.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura operates 574 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura public housing units range from 1 bedroom apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 44% 1 bedroom apartments, 23% 2 bedroom apartments, 28% 3 bedroom apartments and 6% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 546 out of a total 574 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 4.88%.

Family Type

Of the 462 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 95 (20.56%) were elderly, 367 (79.44%) were non-elderly, 238 (51.52%) were disabled, 191 (41.34%) contained children and 149 (32.25%) were headed by a female.

Tenant Contributions to Rent

Residents of public housing pay rent based on their income. The rent contribution of the tenant is called the Total Tenant Payment (TTP). The TTP is generally 30% of a residents income with a $25 (National minimum) to $50 (some PHA’s) minimum rent. Based on the information in the most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015) the minimum rent in Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura's public housing developments is $50.

The average tenant rent contribution for Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura’s public housing developments is $467.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $315. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $311. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $621. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $492.

Race and Ethnicity

The HUD Resident Characteristics Report provides updated Head of Household race and ethnicity data at the housing authority and property level. Across all properties in the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura portfolio, 3% of households identified as Black, 93% identified as White, and 50% identified as Hispanic or Latino.

Income of Public Housing Residents

HUD divides household income into four categories: Extremely Low Income (ELI) for households earning less than 30% of the median, Very Low Income (VLI) for households earning between 30% and 50% of the median, Low Income (LI) for households earning between 50% and 80% of the median and Above Low Income for households earning 81% of the median and over.

Of the public housing residents residing in Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura properties, 398 were Extremely Low Income, 107 were Very Low Income, 33 were Low Income and 7 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura properties is $19,602. Of all public housing residents, 0% have no income and 23% earn more than $25,000 while 77% have incomes that fall between $0 and $25,000.

The HUD RCR data includes source of income information as well. The data includes five categories of family income: wage income, welfare income, SSI/SS/Pension income, other income and no income. Some families receive income in multiple categories.

Among families residing in Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura public housing 41% have wage income, 25% have welfare income, 64% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 16% have other income and 0% have no income.

Household Information of Public Housing Residents

As of the last HUD RCR report (June 30, 2015), there were a total of 545 households containing 1,270 total persons residing in the housing authority’s public housing properties. The average household size across all properties in the housing authority’s public housing portfolio was 2.3.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 41.34% of households included children. Across all household members in Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura public houins units 5.7% are aged zero to five and 27.5% are aged 6 to 17.

16.2% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 50.6% of all residents were aged 18 to 61.

Length of Stay at Public Housing Properties

The HUD RCR report includes length of stay data for Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura public housing communities. 5.87% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 6.24% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 87.89% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 5 projects which contain 716 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,361 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura is determined to be a Medium High public housing authority, meaning it manages between 500 - 1,249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura between Public Housing Units (34%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (66%) to that of all housing authorities in California, Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in California.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura scored an average of 82 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2009 and a low score of 0 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in California is 75.30.

Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura has an average score that is more than the average California housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura manages 4 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 83. The scores for properties managed by Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura range from a high of 97 to a low of 72.

The highest scoring property in the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura portfolio is Buena Vida Et Al and the lowest scoring property is Scattered Sites.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (data.gov, 2014)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 9/8/11 Plan
2010 10/26/10 Plan
2010 10/26/10 Plan
2009 8/5/08 Plan
2008 8/5/08 Plan
2007 10/2/07 Plan
2006 9/20/06 Plan
2004 10/1/04 Plan
2003 9/30/03 Plan
2002 9/24/02 Plan
2001 9/27/01 Plan
2000 9/29/00 Plan