Sonoma County Housing Authority

1440 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California 95403

Sonoma County Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Family Self-Sufficiency, Mainstream Voucher, and Family Unification Program (FUP) programs. As of October 23rd, 2021, Sonoma County Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Sonoma County Housing Authority serves Sonoma County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Sonoma County, California Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
Altamira Family Apartments Project-Based Voucher Closed
Crossroads, Fetters, Logan Place, Downtown River, Fife Creek Commons, and Windsor Redwoods Apartments Project-Based Voucher Closed
Kings Valley Apartments Senior Project-Based Voucher Closed
Lindberg Apartments Senior Project-Based Voucher Closed

Open Sonoma County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Sonoma County Housing Authority Website: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CDC/Housing-Authority/.

Sonoma County Housing Authority Phone: (707) 565-7500.

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

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Sonoma County Housing Authority (SCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open.

The SCHA is accepting Section 8 HCV applications for this waiting list from October 1, 2021, until November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application here.
  2. Complete the application in person at the SCHA office, located at 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, Monday to Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

750 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the SCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the SCHA public notice on September 27, 2021.

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/TDD (707) 565-7555.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 10/21/2021.

Other Sonoma County Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Altamira Family Apartments Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Sonoma County Community Development Commission (SCCDC) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for apartments at Altamira Family Apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from November 16, 2020 until December 18, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

  • Altamira Family Apartments in Sonoma, CA has 1, 2 and 3-Bedroom Units

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Call SCCDC to request a paper application.

Please note: According to SCCDC  "One-bedroom waitlists are for households consisting of one to four persons. Two bedroom waitlists are for households consisting of two to six persons. Three bedroom waitlists are for households consisting of three to eight persons"

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Persons with disabilities
  • Seniors (62+ years of age)

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences. The one-bedroom waitlists will be limited to no more than 300 applicants, the two-bedroom waitlist will be limited to no more than 150 applicants and the three-bedroom waitlist will be limited to no more than 100 applicants.

For more information, visit the SCHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Sonoma and Healdsburg, California.

Last Updated on 09/16/2021.

Closed: Crossroads, Fetters, Logan Place, Downtown River, Fife Creek Commons, and Windsor Redwoods Apartments Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Sonoma County Community Development Commission (SCCDC) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 3-Bedroom apartments at Crossroads, Fetters, Logan Place, Downtown River, Fife Creek Commons, and Windsor Redwoods Apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from August 17, 2021, until September 17, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period: 

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Call the SCCDC to request the paper application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Persons with disabilities
  • Seniors (62+ years of age)

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SCCDC website.

Sources: This information was verified by the SCCDC public notice on August 18, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Petaluma, Guerneville and Windsor, California.

Last Updated on 09/18/2021.

Closed: Kings Valley Apartments Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Sonoma County Housing Authority (SCHA) Senior (62+) Project Based Voucher waiting list for Studio and 1-Bedroom apartments at Kings Valley Apartments is closed.

The SCHA last accepted applications for this waiting list from June 26, 2020, until July 31, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Persons with disabilities
  • Seniors (62+ years of age)

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SCHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Cloverdale, California.

Last Updated on 09/16/2021.

Closed: Lindberg Apartments Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Sonoma County Housing Authority (SCHA) Senior (62+) Project Based Voucher waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments at Lindberg Apartments is closed.

Applications were last accepted from June 26, 2020, until July 31, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Persons with disabilities
  • Seniors (62+ years of age)

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SCHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Petaluma, California.

Last Updated on 09/16/2021.

About Sonoma County Housing Authority

More information about Sonoma County Housing Authority can be found on its website at https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CDC/Housing-Authority/.

Representatives of Sonoma County Housing Authority may be available by phone at (707) 565-7500. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of October 23rd, 2021, it is not known if Sonoma County Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 04/23/2018, Sonoma County Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Sonoma County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Sonoma County Housing Authority manages 2,707 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 2,294 1 70 17 298 15
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,057 $411 $1,785 $926 $1,384 $1,027
Monthly Cost $2,424,506 $411 $124,917 $15,734 $412,558 $15,406

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Sonoma County 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 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 Housing Authority 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 Housing Authority 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.


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