Sonoma County Community Development Commission

1440 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California 95403
(707) 565-7500

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

Sonoma County Community Development Commission is a Public Housing Agency in Santa Rosa, California that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Family Self-sufficiency, Mainstream Voucher, and Family Unification Program (FUP) programs. As of July 18th, 2019, Sonoma County Community Development Commission has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Sonoma County, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on July 31st, 2019. The Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Sonoma County Community Development Commission serves Sonoma County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Sonoma County, California Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Project-Based Voucher Open Indefinitely

Open Sonoma County Community Development Commission Waiting Lists

Open Now: Sonoma County, California Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

  1. Find and complete the application through one of the following methods:
    • Online Application at https://www.waitlistcheck.com/application/form.php?ID=CA085
    • In Person Application at SCHA office; located at 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403; from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Monday-Friday.
  2. Submit your application between July 1st, 2019 at 12:00 AM PT and July 31st, 2019 at 11:59 PM PT
  3. Check if you qualify for the following preferences: Elderly;  Disabled
  4. Check your status on the waiting list. Applications will be ordered by random lottery by order of preferences.

Waiting List Details

The Sonoma County Housing Authority (SCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, from July 1, 2019, until July 31, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Complete the application at the SCHA office; located at 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403; from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Monday-Friday.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Seniors (62+ years old) and Disabled.

500 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, read the SCHA public notice, or visit the SCHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (707) 565-7500.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/01/2019.

Open Indefinitely: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Sonoma County Housing Authority (SCHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently open, since at least July, 2019, 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 SCHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (707) 565-7500.

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 07/01/2019.

About Sonoma County Community Development Commission

More information about Sonoma County Community Development Commission can be found on its website at http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Community-Development-Commission/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 04/23/2018, Sonoma County Community Development Commission is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. 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 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the Sonoma County Community Development Commission Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Sonoma County Community Development Commission manages 2,748 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 2,389 1 55 22 260 4
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $950 $456 $1,544 $892 $1,290 $788
Monthly Cost $2,268,964 $456 $84,916 $19,631 $335,507 $3,153

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Sonoma County Community Development 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 8% having issued approximately 316 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 57 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.7 persons and has a household income of $16,471 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 20% 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 75% 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, 30% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 44% 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.

25% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 22% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

23% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 4% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Sonoma County Community Development Commission Housing Choice Voucher program, 39% include at least one person with a disability. 56% 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

50% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 15% 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 Sonoma County Community Development Commission voucher holders in 2016 was $402 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $892. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $91.



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.