Yolo County Housing
147 West Main Street
Woodland, Yolo County, CA

530-662-5428 http://ych.ca.gov/

Section 8 HCV Waiting List Status:

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.

Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Family Senior Other
OpenOpenNot Applicable

The Yolo County Housing Authority is currently accepting public housing waiting list applications for families and elderly/disabled individuals.

This housing authority has 6 apartment communities for families, and 1 community for seniors.
1. Esparto is only accepting 2 and 3 bedroom applications
2. Winters
3. Knights Landing is only accepting 2 and 3 bedroom applications.
4. Woodland
5. West Sacramento
6. Yolo is only accepting 2 and 3 bedroom applications.
7. Cottonwood Meadows is located in Woodland for 55 and older individuals.

To apply for housing, you must submit an application online only, it can be found here. Once your application has been submitted you will receive an email confirmation. 

This housing authority does go by a preference point system that may improve your spot on the waiting list as: live and/or work in Yolo County, displaced by government action, veteran, working, disabled, and elderly.

More information can be found by visiting their website at http://www.ych.ca.gov/index.php, or the housing authority can be reached during normal business hours by calling 530-662-5428.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Yolo County Housing administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 5 projects which contain 431 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,727 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Yolo County Housing is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 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 Yolo County Housing between Public Housing Units (20%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (80%) to that of all housing authorities in California, Yolo County Housing 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, Yolo County Housing scored an average of 69 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 21 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in California is 75.30.

Yolo County Housing 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.

Yolo County Housing manages 3 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 81. The scores for properties managed by Yolo County Housing range from a high of 86 to a low of 71.

The highest scoring property in the Yolo County Housing portfolio is Las Casitas and the lowest scoring property is Donnelly Circle.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Yolo County Housing 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. Yolo County Housing owns and manages 431 public housing units in 5 properties.

The Average Total Tenant Payment for Yolo County Housing is $393.00 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 Yolo County Housing .

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 5/30/12 Plan
2011 9/28/11 Plan
2010 6/25/10 Plan
2009 8/13/09 Plan
2008 8/29/08 Plan
2007 10/11/07 Plan
2006 12/12/06 Plan
2005 8/5/05 Plan
2004 6/29/04 Plan
2003 5/30/03 Plan
2002 8/1/02 Plan
2001 6/26/01 Plan
2000 11/6/00 Plan


Public Housing Projects


Public Housing Units


Section 8 Vouchers

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Public Housing Size

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

Section 8 Size


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