About Santa Ana Housing Authority

The Santa Ana Housing Authority is a Section 8 Public Housing Agency in Santa Ana, California.

The Santa Ana Housing Authority serves Santa Ana.

Santa Ana Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Santa Ana Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Santa Ana Housing Authority (SAHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open on a limited basis, This limited waiting list is open indefinitely. The waiting list was last open to the general public for one month in July 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen to the general public.

Please note: This limited waiting list opening is "only for US veterans that live or work in the city of Santa Ana."

To apply, visit this web page and click "Applicant Portal" to complete the online application. No paper applications will be accepted.

Disabled applicants who require reasonable accommodation to complete the pre-application can call (714) 667-2200 during normal business hours. 

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can visit any public library, senior center, or the SAHA office, located at 20 Civic Center Plaza, first floor, Santa Ana, CA, to complete a pre-application.

The SAHA has identified the following preferences: Live or work in the City of Santa Ana, United States Veterans who have served for at least 90 days and been discharged by any definition but dishonorable (proof of DD214 required)

Applicants will receive a confirmation number upon submitting the pre-application. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

In 2015, 5,000 qualified general public applicants were placed onto the waiting list by random lottery. 

According to this news article published July 7, 2015, there were so many applicants online when the waiting list reopened, the website crashed, but it was back up within the hour.

The SAHA has a voucher turnover rate of about eight to 10 vouchers per month.

For more information, call the SAHA at (714) 667-2200.

Last Updated on 08/31/2016.

About the Santa Ana Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Santa Ana Housing Authority manages 2,584 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,450 31 927 176
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $923 $838 $1,028 $883
Monthly Cost $1,338,574 $25,969 $953,396 $155,337

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Santa Ana Housing Authority

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 239 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 36 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 $19,249 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 36% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% 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

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 25% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 52% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

28% of households included children, 14% of which had two adults in the household. 17% of households with children have a female head of household. 57% of all households were headed by a female.

90% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 2% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Santa Ana Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 20% include at least one person with a disability. 26% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 50% 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, 40% with 2 bedrooms and 18% with 3 or more bedrooms. 7% 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 Santa Ana Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $501 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $716. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $75.

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.