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

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

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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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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.

Resident Characteristics
as of June 30, 2015

Yolo County Housing operates 431 affordable units across its public housing portfolio.

Bedroom Sizes of Public Housing Units

The bedroom sizes of Yolo County Housing public housing units range from studio apartments to 4 bedroom apartments. The housing authority’s public housing inventory includes: 2% studio apartments, 22% 1 bedroom apartments, 32% 2 bedroom apartments, 34% 3 bedroom apartments and 9% 4 bedroom apartments.

Vacancies in Public Housing Portfolio

As of Yolo County Housing ’s most recent Resident Characteristics Report (June 30, 2015), the 16-month average number of units occupied was 420 out of a total 431 rental units. This represents a 16-month average vacany rate of 2.55%.

Family Type

Of the 353 households who reported head of household data in the housing authority’s most recent RCR report, 56 (15.86%) were elderly, 297 (84.14%) were non-elderly, 128 (36.26%) were disabled, 220 (62.32%) contained children and 158 (44.76%) 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 Yolo County Housing 's public housing developments is $25.

The average tenant rent contribution for Yolo County Housing ’s public housing developments is $378.

The average tenant contribution for elderly residents residing in all properties across the housing authority’s public housing portfolio is $310. The average rent payment for disabled residents is $331. The average TTP for non-elderly, non-disabled renters in the housing authority’s public housing units is $663. Households headed by females had a total tenant payment of $405.

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 Yolo County Housing portfolio, 4% of households identified as Black, 89% identified as White, and 64% 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 Yolo County Housing properties, 289 were Extremely Low Income, 105 were Very Low Income, 23 were Low Income and 3 were Above Low Income.

The average annual income of public housing residents living in Yolo County Housing properties is $16,851. Of all public housing residents, 1% have no income and 20% earn more than $25,000 while 79% 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 Yolo County Housing public housing 44% have wage income, 39% have welfare income, 50% have SSI/SS/Pension income, 27% 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 420 households containing 1,185 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 2.8.

Across all units operated by the housing authority, 62.32% of households included children. Across all household members in Yolo County Housing public houins units 10.3% are aged zero to five and 30.8% are aged 6 to 17.

12.5% of all residents across the housing authority were age 62 or older and are considered seniors while 46.6% 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 Yolo County Housing public housing communities. 16.43% of all families residing in public housing have lived there for less than 1 year, 9.76% have lived in public housing for 1 to 2 years while 73.81% have lived in public housing for more than 2 years.

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)

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