Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

808 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California 93101

Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Family Unification Program (FUP) programs. As of May 26th, 2022, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara has 9 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara serves Santa Barbara.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Santa Barbara, California Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Senior Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Senior Housing - Unsubsidized Open Until Further Notice
Workforce Housing Open Until Further Notice
Supportive Housing Open Until Further Notice
Downtown Workforce Housing Open Until Further Notice
Johnson Court Open Until Further Notice
El Carrillo Open Until Further Notice

Open Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Waiting Lists

Open Now: Santa Barbara, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open.

The HACSB is accepting applications for this waiting list from May 2, 2022 at 8:00 am, until June 17, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT.

Please note: This waiting list was originally scheduled to close on June 1st, but the application period has been extended.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Families
  • Seniors
  • Disabled individuals

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACSB website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACSB on May 3, 2022, and updated on May 17, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Santa Barbara, California.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (805) 965-1071.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/23/2022.

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara waiting list for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher units is currently open.

The HACSB is accepting applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of May 3, 2022, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSB website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (805) 965-1071.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 05/03/2022.

Open Until Further Notice: Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara waiting list for Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher units is currently open.

The HACSB is accepting applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of May 3, 2022, until further notice.

Please note: According to the HACSB, "Eligible applicants must be at least 62 years old."

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here. The waiting list is listed as "Senior Housing – Subsidized."

For more information, visit the HACSB website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (805) 965-1071.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 05/03/2022.

Open Until Further Notice: Senior Housing - Unsubsidized Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara waiting list for Senior Housing – Unsubsidized apartments is currently open.

The HACSB is accepting applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of May 3, 2022, until further notice.

Please note: According to the HACSB, "Eligible applicants must be at least 62 years old."

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSB website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (805) 965-1071.

Last Updated on 05/03/2022.

Open Until Further Notice: Workforce Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara waiting list for Workforce Housing units is currently open.

The HACSB is accepting applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of October 2, 2018, until further notice.

Please note: According to the HACSB, "Rental Units owned and/or operated by the City Housing Authority for employed individuals and families, with incomes up to 80% AMI based on household size." More information can be found here.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSB website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (805) 965-1071.

Last Updated on 05/03/2022.

Open Until Further Notice: Supportive Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Supportive Housing waiting list for Studio apartments is currently open.

The HACSB is accepting applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of May 3, 2022, until further notice.

Please note: According to the HACSB, this waiting list is for a "Mix of subsidized and unsubsidized studio units operated by the City Housing Authority with on-site supportive services for the disabled, formerly homeless, and other special needs individuals." More information can be found here.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSB website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (805) 965-1071.

Last Updated on 05/03/2022.

Open Until Further Notice: Downtown Workforce Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara waiting list for Workforce Housing units is currently open.

The HACSB is accepting applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of May 3, 2022, until further notice.

Please note: According to the HACSB, "Rental units owned and/or operated by the City Housing Authority for individuals and households of up to 2 people employed within the downtown Santa Barbara area as shown here Downtown Workforce Housing Map." More information can be found here.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSB website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (805) 965-1071.

Last Updated on 05/03/2022.

Open Until Further Notice: Johnson Court Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara waiting list for apartments at Johnson Court is currently open.

The HACSB is accepting applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of May 3, 2022, until further notice.

Please note: According to the HACSB, "Subsidized studio units designated for Veterans, operated by the City Housing Authority with on-site supportive services...Units will be offered only to those applicants who do not own, drive or regularly use a vehicle." More information can be found here.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSB website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (805) 965-1071.

Last Updated on 05/03/2022.

Open Until Further Notice: El Carrillo Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara waiting list for apartments at El Carrillo is currently open.

The HACSB is accepting applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of May 3, 2022, until further notice.

Please note: According to the HACSB, this waiting list is for a "Mix of subsidized and unsubsidized studio units operated by the City Housing Authority with on-site supportive services for the disabled, formerly homeless, and other special needs individuals." More information can be found here.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSB website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (805) 965-1071.

Last Updated on 05/03/2022.

About Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

More information about Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara can be found on its website at http://www.hacsb.org/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara may be available by phone at (805) 965-1071. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/26/2022, it is not known if Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara manages 2,561 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of September 30th, 2021:

Standard Family Unification Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,059 30 14 9 92
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,231 $1,155 $1,031 $1,310 $1,254
Monthly Cost $2,535,598 $34,636 $14,432 $11,792 $115,362

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

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 14% having issued approximately 173 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 6 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 62 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 $19,457 per year. 90% of households were very low income (VLI) and 64% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 67% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 32% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 46% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

26% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 21% of households with children have a female head of household. 64% of all households were headed by a female.

54% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 5% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% include at least one person with a disability. 43% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 43% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

63% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 26% with 2 bedrooms and 11% with 3 or more bedrooms. 4% 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 the City of Santa Barbara voucher holders in 2016 was $494 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,217. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $64.



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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

Presidio Gardens

1507 San Pascual St
Santa Barbara, California

Low Income Housing Managed by Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

Villa Sante Fe Apartments I

418 Santa Fe Pl
Santa Barbara, California
Subsidized

Villa Santa Fe Apartments II

521 N La Cumbre Rd
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Casitas de la Guerra

1022 De La Guerra St
Santa Barbara, California
62+

Paseo Voluntario

309-319 Voluntario St
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
Studio-4 BR

Artisan Court Apartments

422 E Cota St
Santa Barbara, California
Income Based
Studio BR

Palm Grove Apartments

2-54 Palm Dr
Lompoc, California

Cypress Court

125 S 7th St
Lompoc, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Santa Rita Village l

916 W. Apricot Ave
Lompoc, California

Bradley Studios

512 Bath St
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
Studio BR

Sycamore Gardens Apartments

211-221 Sycamore Ln
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
3 BR

Grace Village Apartments

3869 State Street
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Pearl Gardens Apartments

13-21 S. Soledad St.
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
3-4 BR

Golden Inn & Village

890 North Refugio Road
Santa Ynez, California
Family & Senior

Golden Inn & Village

890 N REFUGIO RD
Santa Ynez, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Family & Senior

Pescadero Lofts

761 CAMINO PESCADERO
Isla Vista, California
Homeless Supportive Housing