Santa Barbara County, California Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing programs support 1,786 income based apartments in Santa Barbara County where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 3,758 affordable apartments in Santa Barbara County that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Santa Barbara County, California

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

Atrium Apartments

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

Casas de Los Carneros Apartments

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

Artisan Court Apartments

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

Aparicio Community Apartments

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

Jardin de las Rosas Apartments

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

Los Adobes de Maria

1026 W. Boone St
Santa Maria, California
Call For Rent
2-5 BR
Rent Assisted

Guadalupe Court Apartments

4202 11Th St
Guadalupe, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Workforce
Affordable

Sierra Madre Cottages

665 Sierra Madre Ave
Santa Maria, California
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
62+
Affordable

Gardens on Hope

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

Villa La Esperanza Apartments

131 S Kellogg Ave
Goleta, California
Call For Rent
2-5 BR
Rent Assisted
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Affordable Housing In Santa Barbara County

View affordable apartments and waiting lists in cities near Santa Barbara County

City Apartments
Santa Barbara, CA Affordable Housing programs support 31 apartment communities in Santa Barbara.
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.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Santa Barbara County, 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.

Housing Authority Programs
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 County.

Santa Barbara County, California Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Santa Barbara County, California

Santa Barbara County features 1,786 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 3,758 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 $2,400 and $2,934.

2023 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
Santa Barbara County, California Fair Market Rent $2,040 $2,350 $2,667 $3,520 $4,001
Santa Barbara County, 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 County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 97
Total Low Income Apartments 5,623
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,786
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 $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 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

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Santa Barbara County 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 County 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 County 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