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About Housing Authority of the County of Monterey

The Housing Authority of the County of Monterey is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Salinas, California.

As of July 12th, 2017 we have confirmed Housing Authority of the County of Monterey has services or waiting list preferences for Those Displaced by Natural Disaster.

The Housing Authority of the County of Monterey serves Monterey County, Salinas, Soledad, King City, Castroville, Pajaro, Monterey, Gonzales, Carmel Valley, Seaside, Marina, Valley Village, Pacific Grove, Carmel, Aromas, Boronda, Bradley, Carmel by the Sea, Carmel Valley Village, Chualar, Del Monte Forest, Del Rey Oaks, Elkhorn, Greenfield, Las Lomas, Lockwood, Moss Landing, Pine Canyon, Prunedale, San Ardo, Sand City, San Lucas, Spreckels and Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Housing Authority of the County of Monterey Waiting Lists

Section 8 PBV Project Based Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Housing Authority of the County of Monterey (HACM) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific bedroom size or property may be closed.

To apply, visit the HACM website, and scroll down to the "Project Based Waiting Lists" section. Download and print the application for properties of interest with an open waiting list.

Once the application has been completed, it can be hand delivered to the HACM office, located at 123 Rico Street, Salinas, CA 93907, or faxed to (831) 424-9153.

For more information, visit the HACM website, or call the office at (831) 775-5000.


IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 07/13/2017.

Farm Labor Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Housing Authority of the County of Monterey (HACM) is currently accepting Farm Labor Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific bedroom size or property may be closed.

Please note: According to the HACM, "One of the requirements for eligibility is that 65% of your income or a minimum of $5725.50 must be from farm labor."

The HACM Farm Labor Housing program offers three communities with 2-4 bedroom units. The minimum and maximum number of persons allowed for each bedroom size is available on the application.

To apply, download and print the application online here. The application is in both English and Spanish.

Once the application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the HACM office, located at 123 Rico St., Salinas, CA.

For more information, visit the HACM website, or call the office at (831) 775-5000.

Last Updated on 07/13/2017.

Monterey County, CA Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Housing Authority of the County of Monterey (HACM) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for more than two weeks in October 2017; and prior to that from September until October 2015, and in 2008. 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: HCV assistance terminated due to insufficient funding, Monterey County resident; working 24+ hours a week; enrolled in job training or educational program; elderly; disabled, U.S. veteran or surviving spouse; involuntarily displaced by government action; victim of domestic violence; live in a place that accepts HCV vouchers; homeless persons referred by County of Monterey Continuum of Care who are existing transitional housing programs or emergency shelters with no other permanent housing options, formerly homeless families or homeless families enrolled in case management, transitional housing, or other self-sufficiency program.

25% of applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the HACM website, or call the office at (831) 775-5000.

Last Updated on 11/01/2017.

More information about Housing Authority of the County of Monterey can be found on its website at http://www.hamonterey.org/.


About the Housing Authority of the County of Monterey Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of Monterey manages 3,291 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardHomeownershipFamily UnificationTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASH
Vouchers2,89383211227184
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$770$504$944$694$710$686
Monthly Cost$2,226,744$4,033$30,206$77,707$19,179$126,168

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the County of Monterey

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 9% having issued approximately 368 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 24 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $18,870 per year. 89% of households were very low income (VLI) and 63% were extremely low income (ELI). 30% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 64% 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, 37% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 38% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

36% of households included children, 10% of which had two adults in the household. 30% of households with children have a female head of household. 70% of all households were headed by a female.

73% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 7% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Monterey Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% include at least one person with a disability. 40% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 76% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

43% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 29% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 12% 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 Monterey voucher holders in 2016 was $461 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $892. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $94.



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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