Affordable Housing In Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara County, California

Waiting List Openings In Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications from May 2, 2022 at 8:00 am, until June 17, 2022 at 11:59 pm PT.

How to Apply for the Santa Barbara, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List.

29 Low Income Apartment Communities In Santa Barbara

Artisan Court Apartments

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

Jardin de las Rosas Apartments

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

Positano Apartments

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

Casas Las Granadas

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

Pilgrim Terrace

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

Sycamore Gardens Apartments

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

Grace Village Apartments

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

Pearl Gardens Apartments

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

Bradley Studios

512 Bath St
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
Studio BR

Presidio Park Apartments

420-24 E. D La Guerra Street #24
Santa Barbara, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in 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.

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 Santa Barbara, California

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Santa Barbara, California

There are 29 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,396 affordable apartments for rent in Santa Barbara, California.

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 887 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 $2,264 and $2,768.

2022 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 $1,875 $2,157 $2,516 $3,316 $3,790
Santa Barbara, California Payment Standard Range $1,688 to $2,063 $1,941 to $2,373 $2,264 to $2,768 $2,984 to $3,648 $3,411 to $4,169

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Santa Barbara, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 29
Total Low Income Apartments 1,396
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