About Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo

The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in San Luis Obispo, California.

The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo serves San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo, Cambria, Morro Bay, Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles, Oceano, Templeton, Nipomo, Avilla Beach, Blacklake, Callender, Cayucos, Creston, Edna, El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles), Garden Farms, Grover Beach, Lake Nacimiento, Los Berros, Los Osos, Los Ranchos, Oak Shores, Pismo Beach, San Miguel, San Simeon, Santa Margarita, Shandon, Whitley Gardens and Woodlands.

Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo Waiting Lists

San Luis Obispo County, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in November 2017. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

250 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

The waiting list was expected to be six to nine months long after it closed.

For more information, visit the HASLO website, or call the office at (805) 543-4478.

Last Updated on 11/20/2017.

More information about Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo can be found on its website at http://www.haslo.org/.


About the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo manages 2,020 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

StandardTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASH
Vouchers1,7994310151
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$711$614$839$620
Monthly Cost$1,279,648$26,401$8,387$93,575

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 10% having issued approximately 209 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 14 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $16,267 per year. 94% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% of households had wages as a major source of income, 7% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 68% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 38% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 34% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

31% of households included children, 8% of which had two adults in the household. 25% of households with children have a female head of household. 67% of all households were headed by a female.

28% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 3% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo Housing Choice Voucher program, 32% include at least one person with a disability. 49% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 64% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

47% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 20% with 3 or more bedrooms. 17% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo voucher holders in 2016 was $414 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $849. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $66.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.