Affordable Housing In Santa Barbara County
California

92 Low Income Apartment Communities In Santa Barbara County

Atrium Apartments

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

Casas de Los Carneros Apartments

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

Artisan Court Apartments

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

Aparicio Community Apartments

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

Jardin de las Rosas Apartments

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

Los Adobes de Maria

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

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in 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.

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 County, California

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 92 low income housing apartment communities offering 5,235 affordable apartments for rent in Santa Barbara County, California.

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 3,370 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 $2,230 and $2,726.

2022 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 $1,847 $2,124 $2,478 $3,266 $3,733
Santa Barbara County, California Payment Standard Range $1,662 to $2,032 $1,912 to $2,336 $2,230 to $2,726 $2,939 to $3,593 $3,360 to $4,106

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Santa Barbara County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 92
Total Low Income Apartments 5,235
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 $90,100

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

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
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.
$26,250 $30,000 $33,750 $37,450 $40,450 $43,450 $46,450 $49,450
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.
$43,750 $50,000 $56,250 $62,450 $67,450 $72,450 $77,450 $82,450
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.
$70,050 $80,050 $90,050 $100,050 $108,100 $116,100 $124,100 $132,100

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 Agencies that serve Santa Barbara are the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara and Housing Authority of the County 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.