About Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa

The Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Martinez, California.

The Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa serves Contra Costa County, Richmond, Pittsburg, Concord, Antioch, Danville, Walnut Creek, Pinole, Oakley, Bay Point, Clayton, San Pablo, San Ramon, Hercules, El Sobrante, Brentwood, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Rodeo, Lafayette, Crockett and Pacheco.

Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa Waiting Lists

Contra Costa County, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Section 8 Waiting List for Contra Costa County, CA is currently closed. 

 

There is no notice on the Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa website of when the waiting list last opened, or when it will reopen again. 

Last Updated on 02/09/2017.


About the Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa manages 6,295 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 6,067 3 12 23 75 115
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,317 $1,636 $1,256 $1,381 $960 $1,156
Monthly Cost $7,993,171 $4,909 $15,070 $31,753 $72,015 $132,921

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa

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 3% having issued approximately 2,165 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 13 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 47 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $18,820 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 76% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% of households had wages as a major source of income, 6% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 61% 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, 48% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 27% 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.

43% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 39% of households with children have a female head of household. 80% of all households were headed by a female.

72% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 55% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 37% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

24% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 40% with 3 or more bedrooms. 24% 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 County of Contra Costa voucher holders in 2016 was $467 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,336. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $116.



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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