Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

808 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California
(805) 965-1071

Open today from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Closed on alternate Fridays

Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is a public housing agency in Santa Barbara, California that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of December 14th, 2018, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara has 5 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Senior Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Workforce Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Family Unification Program (FUP) Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Supportive Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

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

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Senior Housing Other Open Indefinitely
Workforce Housing Other Open Indefinitely
Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Voucher Other Open Indefinitely
Family Unification Program (FUP) Voucher Other Open Indefinitely
Supportive Housing Other Open Indefinitely
Santa Barbara, California Housing Choice Voucher Closed
General Project-Based Voucher Closed
Senior Project-Based Voucher Closed

Open Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Senior Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) Senior Housing waiting list is currently open until further notice.

Please note: A list of Senior Housing communities can be found here.

To apply, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSB website here, or call the office at (805) 965-1071.

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 10/02/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Workforce Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) Workforce Housing waiting list is currently open until further notice.

Please note: This program is for employed households. A list of Workforce Housing communities can be found here.

To apply, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSB website here, or call the office at (805) 965-1071.

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 10/02/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Voucher waiting list is currently open until further notice.

Please note: This program provides "Section 8 vouchers to eligible homeless veterans who are VA healthcare eligible," according to the HACS.

To apply, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSB website here, or call the office at (805) 965-1071.

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 10/02/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Family Unification Program (FUP) Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) Family Unification Program (FUP) Voucher waiting list is currently open until further notice.

Please note: This program provides "Section 8 vouchers Section 8 vouchers to eligible families for whom the lack of adequate housing (as defined by HUD), is a primary factor in the imminent placement of the family’s child or children, in out-of-home care; or the delay in reuniting the child or children to the family from out-of-home care; or the family has been displaced by domestic violence -OR- providing 18-month Section 8 vouchers to former foster care youths at least 18 years old and not more than 21 years old (have not reached their 22nd birthday) who left foster care at age 16 or older and who lack adequate housing and/or have been displaced by domestic violence," according to the HACS. Applicants need a referral from the S.B. Department of Social Services or YMCA Youth and Family Services.

To apply, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSB website here, or call the office at (805) 965-1071.

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 10/02/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Supportive Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) Supportive Housing waiting list is currently open until further notice.

Please note: This program provides 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.," according to the HACS. A list of Supportive Housing communities can be found here.

To apply, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSB website here, or call the office at (805) 965-1071.

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 10/02/2018.

Other Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Waiting Lists

Closed: Santa Barbara, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one month in October, 2018; and before that in April, 2014. 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.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Live, Work, or Attend School Locally, Veterans, Non-Elderly Disabled.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACSB website here, or call the office at (805) 965-1071.

Last Updated on 12/01/2018.

Closed: General Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) General Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in January, 2018. 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 re.

For more information, visit the HACSB website here, or call the office at (805) 965-1071.

Last Updated on 10/02/2018.

Closed: Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in January, 2018. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: A list of Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher communities can be found here.

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

For more information, visit the HACSB website here, or call the office at (805) 965-1071.

Last Updated on 10/02/2018.

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/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/14/2018, it is not known if Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is aborbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara manages 2,336 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Family Unification Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,880 37 9 83
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,092 $1,247 $1,017 $1,093
Monthly Cost $2,052,438 $46,126 $9,156 $90,687

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.


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Apartment Communities managed by Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

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Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Income Based
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance
Project-Based Rental Assistance
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Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Santa Barbara.
Income Based
Section 42 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)
Accepts Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV)
Senior (62+)
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Casitas de la Guerra is a 7 unit low income housing apartment community in Santa Barbara.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Santa Barbara.
Income Based
HOME Investment Partnerships Program
Accepts Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV)
Senior (62+)
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309-319 Voluntario St
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Paseo Voluntario is a 27 unit low income housing apartment community that provides Studio-4 bedroom apartments for rent in Santa Barbara.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Santa Barbara.
Income Based
HOME Investment Partnerships Program
Accepts Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV)
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422 E Cota St
Santa Barbara, California
Artisan Court Apartments is a 56 unit low income housing apartment community that provides Studio bedroom apartments for rent in Santa Barbara. Rents at Artisan Court Apartments are Income Based.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Santa Barbara.
Income Based
Section 42 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)
Accepts Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV)
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