Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa
3133 Estudillo Street
Martinez, Contra Costa County, CA

925-957-8045

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The Section 8 and Public Housing programs administered by this housing authority are often over subscribed requiring the use of a waiting list. The waiting list would typically only open for brief periods. To find out of the waiting list is open or when it may open, please contact the housing authority directly.

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10

Public Housing Projects

1,162

Public Housing Units

6,783

Section 8 Vouchers

Medium High (500 - 1,249)

Public Housing Size

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

Section 8 Size

Combined

Program Type

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Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa
3133 Estudillo Street
Martinez, Contra Costa County, CA

925-957-8045

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Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 10 projects which contain 1,162 affordable rental units. It also administers 6,783 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa 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 County of Contra Costa between Public Housing Units (15%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (85%) to that of all housing authorities in California, Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa 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 County of Contra Costa scored an average of 49 points. The housing authority had a high score of 81 in 2002 and a low score of 30 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in California is 75.30.

Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa has an average score that is less 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 County of Contra Costa manages 9 rental properties which have an average inspection score of 79. The scores for properties managed by Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa range from a high of 94 to a low of 59.

The highest scoring property in the Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa portfolio is Los Nogales and the lowest scoring property is Las Deltas.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 89% of properties managed by Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa have a passing score.

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

Total Tenant Payment Percentages What is Total Tenant Payment?

Tenants in public housing pay rent based on their income. Generally, the Total Tenant Payment (TTP) is 30% of the tenant’s adjusted income. Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa owns and manages 1162 public housing units in 10 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa is $338.00 compared to the state average of $375.00.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for the state of California ranges from a low of $307.00 to a high of $677.00.

Source Resident Characteristics Report (hud.gov, 2013)

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 County of Contra Costa.

Approved Plan PDF Document
8/24/12 Plan
9/16/11 Plan
4/20/09 Plan
4/20/09 Plan
11/27/07 Plan
11/27/07 Plan
11/27/07 Plan
1/23/06 Plan
11/7/05 Plan
7/19/04 Plan
8/8/02 Plan
4/19/01 Plan
6/30/00 Plan