Affordable Housing In Santa Barbara County
California

74 Low Income Apartment Communities In Santa Barbara County

Atrium Apartments

4667 Carpinteria Ave
Carpinteria, CA
$896-1,242
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Artisan Court Apartments

422 E Cota St
Santa Barbara, CA
Income Based
Studio BR
HCV Welcome

Aparicio Community Apartments

332 Ellwood Beach Dr
Goleta, CA
Income Based
1-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Casas de Los Carneros Apartments

10 Longshore Place
Goleta, CA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Jardin de las Rosas Apartments

510 Salsipuedes
Santa Barbara, CA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Los Adobes de Maria III Apartments

525 South Russell Ave
Santa Maria, CA
Call For Rent
2-5 BR
HCV Welcome

Villa La Esperanza Apartments

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

Valentine Court II Apartments

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

Valentine Court III Apartments

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

Fickett Towers

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

There are 74 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 4,614 affordable apartments for rent in Santa Barbara County. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 1,545 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Santa Barbara County, HUD housing programs support 673 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 3,018 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

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

Other Housing Authorities located in Santa Barbara County

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Santa Barbara County, California

Santa Barbara County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 74
Total Low Income Apartments 4,614
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 1,545
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 48.09%
Average Renter Household Size 3.08
Total Population 435,850
Housing Units 142,713
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

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.1

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 $79,300

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 Santa Barbara County 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 $23,200 $26,500 $29,800 $33,100 $35,750 $38,400 $41,050 $43,700
50% of Median $38,650 $44,150 $49,650 $55,150 $59,600 $64,000 $68,400 $72,800
80% of Median $61,850 $70,650 $79,500 $88,300 $95,400 $102,450 $109,500 $116,600
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Santa Barbara County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1988 to 2011, 37 low income apartment communities containing 2,246 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Santa Barbara County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Santa Barbara County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $38,650 $44,150 $49,650 $55,150 $59,600 $64,000 $68,400 $72,800
60% of Median $46,380 $52,980 $59,580 $66,180 $71,520 $76,800 $82,080 $87,360

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Santa Barbara County is $59,580 a year, or $4,965 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,965 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,490 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $966 $1,035 $1,241 $1,434 $1,600 $1,765
60% $1,160 $1,242 $1,490 $1,721 $1,920 $2,118
Fair Market Rents in Santa Barbara County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,403 $1,667 $1,951 $2,625 $3,040

Cities In Santa Barbara County

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City Listings Served By
Santa Barbara 26 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Santa Barbara is the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.
Santa Maria 16 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Santa Maria is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Lompoc 12 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lompoc is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Goleta 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Goleta is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Carpinteria 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Carpinteria is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Guadalupe 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Guadalupe is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Buellton 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Buellton is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Isla Vista 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Isla Vista is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Orcutt 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Orcutt is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Los Alamos 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Los Alamos is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Mission Hills 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mission Hills is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Ballard 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ballard is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Casmalia 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Casmalia is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Cuyama 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cuyama is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Garey 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Garey is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Los Olivos 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Los Olivos is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Mission Canyon 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mission Canyon is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Montecito 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Montecito is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
New Cuyama 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves New Cuyama is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Santa Ynez 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Santa Ynez is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Sisquoc 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sisquoc is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Solvang 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Solvang is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Summerland 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Summerland is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Toro Canyon 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Toro Canyon is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Vandenberg AFB 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vandenberg AFB is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.
Vandenberg Village 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vandenberg Village is the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara.