Santa Ana Housing Authority
20 Civic Center Plaza, 2nd Floor
Santa Ana, Orange County, CA


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Santa Ana Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on August 31st, 2016.

The Santa Ana Housing Authority (SAHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open on a limited basis, This limited waiting list is open indefinitely. The waiting list was last open to the general public for one month in July 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen to the general public.

Please note: This limited waiting list opening is "only for US veterans that live or work in the city of Santa Ana."

To apply, visit this web page and click "Applicant Portal" to complete the online application. No paper applications will be accepted.

Disabled applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the pre-application can call (714) 667-2200 during normal business hours. 

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can visit any public library, senior center, or the SAHA office, located at 20 Civic Center Plaza, first floor, Santa Ana, CA, to complete a pre-application.

The SAHA has identified the following preferences: Live or work in the City of Santa Ana, United States Veterans who have served for at least 90 days and been discharged by any definition but dishonorable (proof of DD214 required)

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

In 2015, 5,000 qualified general public applicants were placed onto the waiting list by random lottery. 

According to this news article published July 7, 2015, there were so many applicants online when the waiting list reopened, the website crashed, but it was back up within the hour.

The SAHA has a voucher turnover rate of about eight to 10 vouchers per month.

For more information, call the SAHA at (714) 667-2200.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Santa Ana Housing Authority administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 2,658 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Santa Ana Housing Authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Santa Ana Housing Authority is among the 50% of California housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 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, Santa Ana Housing Authority scored an average of 95 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2001 and a low score of 83 in 2007. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in California is 75.30.

Santa Ana Housing Authority 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 (, 2012)

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 Santa Ana Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 5/23/11 Plan
2010 5/26/10 Plan
2009 5/26/09 Plan
2008 5/19/08 Plan
2007 4/18/07 Plan
2006 5/23/06 Plan
2005 4/7/05 Plan
2004 6/28/04 Plan
2003 11/14/03 Plan
2002 6/21/02 Plan
2001 6/29/01 Plan
2000 6/23/00 Plan