Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz

2160 41st Avenue
Capitola, Santa Cruz County, California
(831) 454-9455

Open today from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz is a public housing agency in Capitola, California that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of December 19th, 2018, Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The USDA Farmworker Housing Other Senior Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz serves Santa Cruz County, Hollister and San Juan Bautista.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Project-Based Voucher Open Indefinitely
USDA Farmworker Housing Open Indefinitely
Santa Cruz County, California Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Hollister and San Juan Bautista, California Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Open Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

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

To apply, visit the HASC waiting lists page here, scroll down to a Section 8 Project-Based Voucher community with an open waiting list, and download and print the application online.

For more information, visit the HASC website here, or call the office at (831) 454-9455.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (831) 454-9455.

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 10/18/2018.

Open Indefinitely: USDA Farmworker Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz (HASC) USDA Farmworker Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least October, 2018, until further notice. 

To apply, visit the HASC waiting lists page here, scroll down to the "USDA Farmworker Housing" section, and download and print the application online.

For more information, visit the HASC website here, or call the office at (831) 454-9455.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (831) 454-9455.

Last Updated on 10/18/2018.

Other Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz Waiting Lists

Closed: Santa Cruz County, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz (HASC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for Santa Cruz County is currently closed. It was last open from October until December, 2018; and before that in July, 2011. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were four ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Download and print the application online.
  3. Complete the application at the HASC office.
  4. Pick up an application at the HASC office.

If a paper application has been completed, it must be:

  1. Mailed to HASC by December 6, 2018 at 5 pm.
  2. Faxed to (831) 469-3712 and received by December 6, 2018 at 5:00 pm, PT.
  3. Dropped off at the HASC office.

This waiting list had the following preference: Live, Work or Attend School Locally.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the HACSC website, or call the office at (831) 454-9455.

Last Updated on 12/06/2018.

Closed: Hollister and San Juan Bautista, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz (HASC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for the Cities of Hollister and San Juan Bautista is currently closed. It was last open from October until December, 2018; and before that in July, 2011. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were four ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Download and print the application online.
  3. Complete the application at the HASC office.
  4. Pick up an application at the HASC office.

If a paper application has been completed, it must be:

  1. Mailed to HASC by December 6, 2018 at 5 pm.
  2. Faxed to (831) 469-3712 and received by December 6, 2018 at 5:00 pm, PT.
  3. Dropped off at the HASC office.

This waiting list had the following preference: Live, Work or Attend School Locally.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the HACSC website, or call the office at (831) 454-9455.

Last Updated on 12/17/2018.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz (HACSC) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in July, 2011. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the HACSC website, or call the office at (831) 454-9455.

Last Updated on 10/18/2018.

About Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz

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

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status by phone by calling (831)-454-9455.

HCV Portability Status

As of 12/19/2018, it is not known if Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz 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 Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz manages 4,584 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 3,809 3 116 232 30 249
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,192 $910 $1,363 $1,420 $1,268 $979
Monthly Cost $4,540,437 $2,731 $158,052 $329,358 $38,029 $243,754

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz

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 6% having issued approximately 762 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 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 2.4 persons and has a household income of $20,208 per year. 91% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 38% 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 54% 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.

42% of households included children, 10% of which had two adults in the household. 36% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

59% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 3% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 33% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 65% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

35% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 29% with 3 or more bedrooms. 14% 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 Santa Cruz voucher holders in 2016 was $562 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,262. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $123.



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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