Santa Monica Housing Authority
1901 Main Street, 1st Floor, Suite A
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, CA


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Opening Soon

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Santa Monica Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 4th, 2017.

The Santa Monica Housing Authority (SMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon for one day only, on January 31, 2017, from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm PT. It was last open for two days in August 2011.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application that will be available here.

Income limit information can be found here under the "Frequently Asked Questions" header.

The following documentation is required: Name, date of birth, Social Security Number, and income and asset information for all members of the household.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Displaced from housing in Santa Monica due to the Ellis Act, owner-occupancy, code enforcement, disaster, or domestic violence; live or work in Santa Monica; veteran; elderly; disabled; employed full time; families with minor children; rent burdened.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, read the SMHA public notice, visit the SMHA website, or call the office at (310) 458-8743.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Santa Monica Housing Authority administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 1,092 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Santa Monica Housing Authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Santa Monica 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 Monica Housing Authority scored an average of 89 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2001 and a low score of 81 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in California is 75.30.

Santa Monica 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 Monica Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/4/12 Plan
2011 5/5/11 Plan
2010 6/24/10 Plan
2009 6/10/09 Plan
2008 5/27/08 Plan
2007 6/29/07 Plan
2006 6/27/06 Plan
2004 6/25/04 Plan
2003 6/30/03 Plan
2001 6/21/01 Plan
2000 11/2/00 Plan