Affordable Housing In Santa Maria
Santa Barbara County, California

Affordable Housing programs support 424 income based apartments in Santa Maria where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 765 affordable apartments in Santa Maria that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Santa Maria, California

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

Los Adobes de Maria

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

Sierra Madre Cottages

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

Valentine Court II Apartments

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

Valentine Court III Apartments

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

Valentine Court Apartments

280 E. Newlove Dr
Santa Maria, California
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+
Affordable

Oak Knolls Apartments

4845 S Bradley Rd
Santa Maria, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Los Pinos Court

605 E Newlove Dr
Santa Maria, California
$945-1,089
2-3 BR
Affordable

Los Adobes de Maria lll

525 South Russell Avenue
Santa Maria, California
Family & Senior
Affordable

Union Plaza

120 N Broadway
Santa Maria, California
Rent Assisted

Vizcaya Apartments

1720 South Depot
Santa Maria, California
Affordable
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Public Housing Agencies Serving Santa Maria, 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 Maria.

Santa Maria, California Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Santa Maria, California

Santa Maria features 424 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 Maria, California

There are 765 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Santa Maria.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Santa Maria, California

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Santa Maria, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,400 and $2,934.

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

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 18
Total Low Income Apartments 1,189
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 424
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 50.68%
Average Renter Household Size 4.08
Average Household Size 3.71
Median Household Income $50,433 ±$2,026
Median Rent $1,162 ±$34
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 56.8% ± 3.33pp
Total Population 102,618

Population and Household Demographics

Santa Maria is a city in Santa Barbara County, California with a population of 102,618. There are 27,365 households in the city with an average household size of 3.71 persons. 50.68% of households in Santa Maria are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Santa Maria

The median gross income for households in Santa Maria is $50,433 a year, or $4,203 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,162 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Santa Maria, a household making less than $3,873 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 56.8% of households who rent are overburdened in Santa Maria.

Area Median Income In Santa Maria

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 Maria, the AMI is calculated from all households within Santa Barbara County.

In Santa Maria, 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 Maria

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 Maria

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