Affordable Housing In Petaluma
Sonoma County, California

Waiting List Openings In Petaluma

Sonoma County, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List

The Sonoma County Housing Authority (SCHA) will accept Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications from October 1, 2021, until November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT.

How to Apply for the Sonoma County, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List.

24 Low Income Apartment Communities In Petaluma

Park Lane Apartments

109 Magnolia Ave
Petaluma, California
Income Based
Studio-2 BR
Subsidized

Madrone Village

712 Sycamore Ln
Petaluma, California
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Casa Grande Senior Apartments

400 Casa Grande Road
Petaluma, California
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Caulfield Lane Senior Apartments

1405 Caulfield Lane
Petaluma, California
Call For Rent
1 BR

Vallejo Street Senior Apartments

575 Vallejo Street
Petaluma, California
Call For Rent
1 BR

Edith Street Senior Apartments

167 Edith Street
Petaluma, California
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Corona Ranch

990 Ely Rd N
Petaluma, California
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
Subsidized

Richard S. Lieb Senior Apartments

210 Douglas Street
Petaluma, California
Call For Rent
1 BR

154 Wilson Street

154 Wilson Street
Petaluma, California
Call For Rent
1 BR

231 Wilson Street

231 Wilson Street
Petaluma, California
Call For Rent
1 BR

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Petaluma, California

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Petaluma, California

Housing Authority Programs
Sonoma County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Family Self-Sufficiency; Mainstream Voucher; Family Unification Program (FUP)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Petaluma, California

There are 24 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,249 affordable apartments for rent in Petaluma, California.

Income Based Apartments in Petaluma, California

Petaluma features 402 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Petaluma, California

There are 845 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Petaluma.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Petaluma, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Petaluma landlords $1,000 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Petaluma.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Petaluma, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,834 and $2,242.

2022 Petaluma, California Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Petaluma, California Fair Market Rent $1,373 $1,549 $2,038 $2,851 $3,163
Petaluma, California Payment Standard Range $1,236 to $1,510 $1,394 to $1,704 $1,834 to $2,242 $2,566 to $3,136 $2,847 to $3,479

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Petaluma, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 24
Total Low Income Apartments 1,249
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 402
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 34.81%
Average Renter Household Size 2.78
Average Household Size 2.71
Median Household Income $80,276 ±$3,753
Median Rent $1,517 ±$65
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 47.77% ± 4.93pp
Total Population 59,340

Population and Household Demographics

Petaluma is a city in Sonoma County, California with a population of 59,340. There are 21,616 households in the city with an average household size of 2.71 persons. 34.81% of households in Petaluma are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Petaluma

The median gross income for households in Petaluma is $80,276 a year, or $6,690 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,517 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Petaluma, a household making less than $5,057 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 47.77% of households who rent are overburdened in Petaluma.

Area Median Income In Petaluma

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Petaluma, the AMI is calculated from all households within Sonoma County.

In Petaluma, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $103,300

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Petaluma

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Petaluma

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Petaluma AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$24,450 $27,950 $31,450 $34,900 $37,700 $40,500 $43,300 $46,100
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Petaluma AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$40,750 $46,550 $52,350 $58,150 $62,850 $67,500 $72,150 $76,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Petaluma AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$65,150 $74,450 $83,750 $93,050 $100,500 $107,950 $115,400 $122,850