California Public Housing Waiting Lists

Housing Authority Wait List
Housing Authority of the County of Los AngelesNot Open
Housing Authority of the City of Los AngelesOpen
Housing Authority of the County of KernOpen
Housing Authority of the City of UplandNot Open
Housing Authority of the County of San BernardinoOpen
Housing Authority of the County of Santa BarbaraOpen
Housing Authority of the City of NeedlesOpen
Housing Authority of the County of RiversideNot Open
Housing Authority of the City of OxnardOpen
Housing Authority of the City of Port HuenemeOpen
Housing Authority of the City of San BuenaventuraOpen
Housing Authority of the City of CalexicoNot Open
City of Wasco Housing AuthorityOpen
Housing Authority of the City of Paso RoblesOpen
San Diego Housing CommissionNot Open
Housing Authority of the City of San Luis ObispoNot Open
Housing Authority of the City of Santa BarbaraNot Open
Housing Authority of the County of VenturaNot Open
Housing Authority of the County of San DiegoNot Open
Housing Authority of the City of Baldwin ParkNot Open
Housing Authority of the City of LomitaNot Open
Imperial Valley Housing AuthorityOpen
Housing Authority of the City & County of SfNot Open
Oakland Housing AuthorityNot Open
Fresno Housing AuthorityOpen
City of Richmond Housing AuthorityNot Open
Housing Authority of the County of Contra CostaNot Open
Housing Authority of the County of San MateoNot Open
City of South San Francisco Housing AuthorityNot Open
Housing Authority of the City of RiverbankOpen
Housing Authority of the County of MercedNot Open
City of Eureka Hsg AuthNot Open
County of Stanislaus Housing AuthorityOpen
Fresno County Housing Authority Open
Tulare County Housing AuthorityNot Open
Housing Authority County of MontereyOpen
City of Benicia Hsg AuthNot Open
Housing Authority of the City of SoledadOpen
Marin HousingNot Open
Kings County Housing AuthOpen
City of Berkeley Housing AuthorityNot Open
Housing Authority of the County Santa ClaraNot Open
City of Alameda Housing AuthorityNot Open
Housing Authority of the County of Alameda Not Open
The Housing Authority of the City of MaderaOpen
Housing Authority of the County of Santa CruzNot Open
The Housing Authority of the City of LivermoreOpen
Housing Authority of the City of PleasantonNot Open
Mendocino CountyNot Open
Dublin Housing AuthorityNot Open
City of Sacramento Housing AuthorityOpen
Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment AgencyOpen
County of San Joaquin Housing Auth.Not Open
County of Butte Hsg AuthOpen
Yolo County Housing Open
Regional Hsg Authority of Sutter & Nevada Co.Open
County of Plumas Housing AuthorityOpen

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About Public Housing

Public housing is the oldest form of Federally assisted housing dating back to Roosevelt's New Deal in the late 1930's. Though the average citizen commonly refers to any government assisted housing as “public housing”, Public Housing is just one Federal housing program among many.

The Public Housing program is managed at the National level by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Federal subsidies provided under the program provide for the development and construction of the housing and the ongoing operations. Any resident in a Public Housing unit has a rent that is determined by their income. The Federal operating subsidy for each property offsets the portion of a resident's rent that is above what they can afford.

Public Housing communities are owned and operated locally by Public Housing Authorities (PHA). There are currently 9,666 Public Housing communities in the United States containing 1,170,246 rental units. These properties are operated by 3,136 different Public Housing Authorities across America.

In California, 57 Public Housing Authorities operate 37,897 public housing rental units in 394 apartment buildings or communities.

Often, Public Housing is oversubscribed and there aren't enough apartments to serve every low income renter in need. In these cases, a PHA will create a public housing waiting list. Interested renters apply to the housing authority that manages the public housing apartment property they are interested in living in. The renters name is placed on a waiting list and when the next rent subsidized public housing unit comes available, the property manager will select the first name on the waiting list.

In California, out of 57 housing authorities that operate at least one Public Housing complex, 31 housing authorities do not have even one public housing waiting list open and 26 have at least one of their public housing waiting lists open.