Santa Monica Housing and Economic Development is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.
Santa Monica Housing and Economic Development serves Santa Monica.
|Santa Monica, California Housing Choice Voucher||Closed|
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.
Santa Monica Housing and Economic Development Website: http://www01.smgov.net/housing/section8.htm.
How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting ListThe Santa Monica Housing Authority (SMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one day in January 2017, and before that for two days in August 2011.
Last Updated on 01/31/2017.
More information about Santa Monica Housing and Economic Development can be found on its website at http://www01.smgov.net/housing/section8.htm.
As of 03/01/2021, it is not known if Santa Monica Housing and Economic Development is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Santa Monica Housing and Economic Development manages 1,223 active Housing Choice Vouchers.
The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:
|Standard||Tenant Protection||Ported Out||VASH|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$1,170||$1,184||$524||$945|
According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 5% having issued approximately 203 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 12 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 20 months on the waiting list1.
According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.5 persons and has a household income of $15,850 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 16% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 80% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.
-1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 18% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 21% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 61% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 9% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.
12% of households included children, 1% of which had two adults in the household. 11% of households with children have a female head of household. 69% of all households were headed by a female.
40% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 21% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.
Of all households participating in the Santa Monica Housing and Economic Development Housing Choice Voucher program, 51% include at least one person with a disability. 52% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 82% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.
60% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 6% with 3 or more bedrooms. 10% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.
The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Santa Monica Housing and Economic Development voucher holders in 2016 was $425 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,220. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $46.
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.