Santa Barbara, California Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 509 income based apartments in Santa Barbara where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 994 affordable apartments in Santa Barbara that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Santa Barbara, California

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Santa Barbara. Go to the California Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Santa Barbara.

Artisan Court Apartments

422 E Cota St
Santa Barbara, California
Income Based
Studio BR
Affordable

Jardin de las Rosas Apartments

510 North Salsipuedes Street
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

Gardens on Hope

251 S. Hope Ave
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
Studio BR
62+
Elderly Supportive Housing
Affordable

Positano Apartments

11 Camino de Vida
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

Casas Las Granadas

21 E Anapamu St
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Affordable

Pilgrim Terrace

649 Pilgrim Terrace Dr
Santa Barbara, California
Income Based
1-2 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Sycamore Gardens Apartments

211-221 Sycamore Ln
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
3 BR
Affordable

Grace Village Apartments

3869 State Street
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+
Affordable

Pearl Gardens Apartments

13-21 S. Soledad St.
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
3-4 BR
Affordable

Johnson Court

813 E. Carrillo St
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Affordable
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Affordable Housing Near Santa Barbara

View affordable apartments and waiting lists in cities near Santa Barbara

City Apartments
Lompoc, CA Affordable Housing programs support 18 apartment communities in Lompoc.
Santa Maria, CA Affordable Housing programs support 18 apartment communities in Santa Maria.
Goleta, CA Affordable Housing programs support 9 apartment communities in Goleta.
Carpinteria, CA Affordable Housing programs support 5 apartment communities in Carpinteria.
Guadalupe, CA Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Guadalupe.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Santa Barbara, 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.

Waiting lists for project-based assistance, like the Public Housing program, are open:

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Family Unification Program (FUP)
Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara, California Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara features 509 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 Santa Barbara, California

There are 994 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Santa Barbara.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Santa Barbara, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Santa Barbara landlords $1,200 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Santa Barbara.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Santa Barbara, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,400 and $2,934.

2023 Santa Barbara, 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
Santa Barbara, California Fair Market Rent $2,040 $2,350 $2,667 $3,520 $4,001
Santa Barbara, California Payment Standard Range $1,836 to $2,244 $2,115 to $2,585 $2,400 to $2,934 $3,168 to $3,872 $3,601 to $4,401

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Santa Barbara, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 31
Total Low Income Apartments 1,503
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 509
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 60.1%
Average Renter Household Size 2.54
Average Household Size 2.54
Median Household Income $66,107 ±$2,502
Median Rent $1,514 ±$51
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 54.21% ± 3.03pp
Total Population 90,401

Population and Household Demographics

Santa Barbara is a city in Santa Barbara County, California with a population of 90,401. There are 34,973 households in the city with an average household size of 2.54 persons. 60.1% of households in Santa Barbara are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Santa Barbara

The median gross income for households in Santa Barbara is $66,107 a year, or $5,509 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,514 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Santa Barbara, a household making less than $5,047 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 54.21% of households who rent are overburdened in Santa Barbara.

Area Median Income In Santa Barbara

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 Santa Barbara, the AMI is calculated from all households within Santa Barbara County.

In Santa Barbara, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $100,100

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 Santa Barbara

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 Santa Barbara

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Santa Barbara AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$29,350 $33,550 $37,750 $41,900 $45,300 $48,650 $52,000 $55,350
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Santa Barbara AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$48,900 $55,900 $62,900 $69,850 $75,450 $81,050 $86,650 $92,250
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Santa Barbara AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$78,350 $89,550 $100,750 $111,900 $120,900 $129,850 $138,800 $147,750