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Affordable Housing In Santa Barbara County
California

80 Low Income Apartment Communities In Santa Barbara County

Atrium Apartments

4667 Carpinteria Ave
Carpinteria, California
$896-1,242
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Casas de Los Carneros Apartments

10 Longshore Place
Goleta, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Artisan Court Apartments

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

Aparicio Community Apartments

332 Ellwood Beach Dr
Goleta, California
Income Based
1-2 BR
Accepts Vouchers

Jardin de las Rosas Apartments

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

Los Adobes de Maria

525 South Russell Ave
Santa Maria, California
Call For Rent
2-5 BR
Accepts Vouchers
Subsidized

Villa La Esperanza Apartments

131 S Kellogg Ave
Goleta, California
Call For Rent
2-5 BR
Subsidized

Valentine Court II Apartments

1760 S McClelland St
Santa Maria, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Valentine Court III Apartments

250 E Newlove Dr
Santa Maria, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing

Fickett Towers

14801 Sherman Way
Vandenberg Village, California
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Santa Barbara County

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Santa Barbara County, California

There are 80 low income housing apartment communities offering 4,826 affordable apartments for rent in Santa Barbara County, California.

Income Based Apartments in Santa Barbara County, California

Santa Barbara County features 1,531 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 County, California

There are 3,216 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Santa Barbara County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Santa Barbara County, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Santa Barbara County landlords $1,100 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Santa Barbara County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Santa Barbara County, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,866 and $2,280.

2020 Santa Barbara County, 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
Fair Market Rent $1,502 $1,752 $2,073 $2,766 $3,186
Payment Standard Range $1,352 to $1,652 $1,577 to $1,927 $1,866 to $2,280 $2,489 to $3,043 $2,867 to $3,505

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Santa Barbara County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 80
Total Low Income Apartments 4,826
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,531
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 48.09%
Average Renter Household Size 3.08
Average Household Size 2.92
Median Household Income $63,985 ±$1,293
Median Rent $1,369 ±$20
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 54.83% ± 1.68pp
Total Population 435,850

Population and Household Demographics

Santa Barbara County is a county in California with a population of 435,850. There are 142,713 households in the county with an average household size of 2.92 persons. 48.09% of households in Santa Barbara County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Santa Barbara County

The median gross income for households in Santa Barbara County is $63,985 a year, or $5,332 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,369 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Santa Barbara County, a household making less than $4,563 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 54.83% of households who rent are overburdened in Santa Barbara County.

Area Median Income In Santa Barbara County

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.

In Santa Barbara County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $87,800

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 County

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 County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $25,000 $28,600 $32,150 $35,700 $38,600 $41,450 $44,300 $47,150
50% of Median $41,650 $47,600 $53,550 $59,500 $64,300 $69,050 $73,800 $78,550
80% of Median $66,750 $76,250 $85,800 $95,300 $102,950 $110,550 $118,200 $125,800

Cities In Santa Barbara County

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City Served By
Ballard The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ballard is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Buellton The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Buellton is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Carpinteria The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Carpinteria is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Casmalia The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Casmalia is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Cuyama The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cuyama is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Garey The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Garey is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Goleta The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Goleta is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Guadalupe The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Guadalupe is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Isla Vista The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Isla Vista is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Lompoc The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lompoc is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Los Alamos The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Los Alamos is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Los Olivos The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Los Olivos is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Mission Canyon The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mission Canyon is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Mission Hills The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mission Hills is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Montecito The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Montecito is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
New Cuyama The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves New Cuyama is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Orcutt The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Orcutt is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Santa Barbara is the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.
Santa Maria The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Santa Maria is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Santa Ynez The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Santa Ynez is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Sisquoc The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sisquoc is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Solvang The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Solvang is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Summerland The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Summerland is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Toro Canyon The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Toro Canyon is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Vandenberg AFB The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vandenberg AFB is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Vandenberg Village The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vandenberg Village is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.