San Diego Housing Commission

1122 Broadway, Suite 300
San Diego, San Diego County, California 92101

San Diego Housing Commission is a Public Housing Agency in San Diego, California that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, and Moving to Work programs. As of October 24th, 2019, San Diego Housing Commission has 4 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The San Diego, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Waiting List is open indefinitely.

San Diego Housing Commission serves San Diego.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
San Diego, California Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Open Until Further Notice

Open San Diego Housing Commission Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: San Diego, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open until further notice. 

To apply, complete the.online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the City of San Diego, families of two or more people with a dependent, individual who is disabled, individual who is elderly (62+), veteran, active U.S. service person, homeless with a disability, non-elderly disabled.

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

As of November 2017, there are about 80,000 households are on the waiting list. The average wait to obtain a housing voucher is 8 to 10 years. 

For more information, visit the SDHC website, or call the office at (619)231-9400.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 6192319400.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/10/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) is currently accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list applications.

Please note: There is also a separate waiting list for single persons 55+.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the City of San Diego, homeless with disability, veteran, active military, elderly, disabled, family.

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

For more information, visit the SDHC website, or call the office at (619)231-9400.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 6192319400.

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 11/27/2017.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the City of San Diego, homeless with disability, veteran, active military, elderly, disabled, family.

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

For more information, visit the SDHC website, or call the office at (619)231-9400.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 6192319400.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 11/27/2017.

Open Until Further Notice: Non-Elderly Disabled (NED) Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) is currently accepting NED (under 62 years old with a disability) waiting list applications.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Live or work in the City of San Diego, homeless with disability, veteran, active military, elderly, disabled, family.

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

For more information, visit the SDHC website, or call the office at (619)231-9400.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via 6192319400.

Last Updated on 11/27/2017.

About San Diego Housing Commission

More information about San Diego Housing Commission can be found on its website at http://www.sdhc.org/.

Representatives of San Diego Housing Commission may be available by phone at (619) 231-9400. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at https://sdhcportal.force.com/waitlist.

Open today from 7:00am to 6:00pm PT. Closed on alternate Fridays

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 7:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday 7:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday 7:00am-6:00pm
Thursday 7:00am-6:00pm
Friday 7:00am-6:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 04/12/2018, San Diego Housing Commission is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the San Diego Housing Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, San Diego Housing Commission manages 14,919 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 18 98 1,051 12,595 172 776
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $952 $1,065 $857 $802 $941 $892
Monthly Cost $17,144 $104,404 $900,889 $10,103,079 $161,789 $691,810

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for San Diego Housing Commission

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 2,497 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 -1 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 $17,958 per year. 92% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 34% 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 60% 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, 34% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% 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.

34% of households included children, 9% of which had two adults in the household. 29% of households with children have a female head of household. 68% of all households were headed by a female.

78% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 30% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the San Diego Housing Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 25% 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. 67% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

32% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 36% with 2 bedrooms and 31% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% 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 San Diego Housing Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $542 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $784. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $49.



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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