Housing Authority of the County of San Diego

3989 Ruffin Road
San Diego, San Diego County, California 92123
(858) 694-4801

Open today from 7:30am to 5:00pm.

Housing Authority of the County of San Diego is a Public Housing Agency in San Diego, California that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), Moderate Rehabilitation, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs. As of June 17th, 2019, Housing Authority of the County of San Diego has 6 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The San Diego County, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The General Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Ramona, California (62+) Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Moderate Rehabilitation Program Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of the County of San Diego serves San Diego County but does not serve Carlsbad, Encinitas, National City, Oceanside and San Diego.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
San Diego County, California Housing Choice Voucher Open Indefinitely
General Project-Based Voucher Open Indefinitely
Ramona, California (62+) Senior Project-Based Voucher Open Indefinitely
Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Open Indefinitely
Moderate Rehabilitation Program Open Indefinitely

Open Housing Authority of the County of San Diego Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: San Diego County, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, since at least September, 2018, until further notice. 

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in San Diego County, dependent children, working at least 32 hours per week, 62 years old or older, disabled, veteran, homeless.

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

The wait to receive assistance may be 8-10 years or more, depending on the funding levels for the HACSD.

For more information, visit the HACSD Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (858) 694-4801.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/18/2018.

Open Indefinitely: General Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD) General Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open, since at least December 18, 2018, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSD Project-Based Vouchers page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (858) 694-4801.

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 12/18/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Ramona, California (62+) Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD) Senior (62+) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for apartments at Schmale Senior Residence in Ramonda, CA is currently open, from December 18, 2018 at 7:30 am PT, until further notice.

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Call (858) 694-4801, or toll free (877) 478-5478.
  3. Complete the application in person at 3989 Ruffin Road, San Diego, CA  92123.

For more information, visit the HACSD Project-Based Vouchers page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (858) 694-4801, or toll free (877) 478-5478.

Last Updated on 12/18/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least December 18, 2018, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSD Public Housing page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (858) 694-4801.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 12/18/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD) Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) waiting list is currently open, since at least December 18, 2018, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSD HOPWA page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (858) 694-4801.

Last Updated on 12/18/2018.

Open Indefinitely: Moderate Rehabilitation Program Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of San Diego (HACSD) Moderate Rehabilitation waiting list is currently open, since at least December 18, 2018, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, complete the online application here.

For more information, visit the HACSD Moderate Rehabilitation Program page here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (858) 694-4801.

Last Updated on 12/18/2018.

About Housing Authority of the County of San Diego

More information about Housing Authority of the County of San Diego can be found on its website at http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/sdhcd.html.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/19/2018, Housing Authority of the County of San Diego is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

More information about the HACSD Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program can be found here.

Public Housing Program

More information about the HACSD Public Housing Program can be found here.

Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program

More information about the HACSD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program can be found here.

Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program

More information about the HACSD Project-Based Voucher Program can be found here.

Moderate Rehabilitation Program

More information about the HACSD Moderate Rehabilitation Program can be found here.

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program

More information about the HACSD Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program can be found here.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 7:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am-5:00pm
Thursday 7:30am-5:00pm
Friday 7:30am-5:00pm

About the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of San Diego manages 10,184 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 9,060 2 235 166 556
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,024 $1,389 $829 $1,117 $1,052
Monthly Cost $9,280,348 $2,778 $194,726 $185,410 $584,658

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the County of San Diego

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 7% having issued approximately 1,503 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 84 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 $16,885 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 78% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% 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 65% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

0% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 37% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 37% 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.

35% of households included children, 10% of which had two adults in the household. 29% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

55% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 15% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of San Diego Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 38% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 80% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

34% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 41% with 2 bedrooms and 25% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 San Diego voucher holders in 2016 was $450 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,011. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $81.



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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