Low Income Apartments and Affordable Housing For Rent in Santa Maria, CA

Discover affordable housing in Santa Maria where there are 19+ housing opportunities based on income and household needs like accessible units for seniors or persons with disabilities. Find and apply to these low income apartments now.

Los Adobes de Maria

1026 W. Boone St, Santa Maria, California 93458

bed 2-5

Valentine Court Apartments

280 E. Newlove Dr, Santa Maria, California 93454

bed Studio-1

Valentine Court II Apartments

1760 S McClelland St, Santa Maria, California 93454

bed 1

Valentine Court III Apartments

250 E Newlove Dr, Santa Maria, California 93454

bed 1-2

Sierra Madre Cottages

665 Sierra Madre Ave, Santa Maria, California 93454

bed Studio-2

Central Plaza Apartments

200 N McClelland St, Santa Maria, California 93454

bed 1-3

Vizcaya Apartments

1720 South Depot, Santa Maria, California 93458

Los Adobes de Maria lll

525 South Russell Avenue, Santa Maria, California 93458

Union Plaza

120 N Broadway, Santa Maria, California 93454

Los Pinos Court

605 E Newlove Dr, Santa Maria, California 93454

bed 2-3
payment $945-1089/mo.

West Cox Cottages

1141 West Cox Ln., Santa Maria, California 93458

bed 1

Rancho Hermosa

215 Inger Dr, Santa Maria, California 93454

Oak Knolls Apartments

4845 S Bradley Rd, Santa Maria, California 93455

bed 1

Rancho Gardens Apartments

1414 N Broadway, Santa Maria, California 93454

New Visions

1106 N School St, Santa Maria, California 93454

Good Sam Shelter Sober Living Housing

1404 N Lincoln St, Santa Maria, California 93458

Ted Zenich Gardens

1034 E Chapel St, Santa Maria, California 93454

Westgate Courtyards

1240 Bethel Ln, Santa Maria, California 93458

Los Adobes De Maria II

1148 W Boone St, Santa Maria, California 93458

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switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
payment Subsidized
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
elderly Senior
payment Income Based
accessibility Accessible
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How To Identify Affordable Housing in Santa Maria, California

Look for program and preference badges on affordable apartment listings. These badges can help you identify the types of low income housing each apartment offers and if you may be eligbile for rental assistance or reduced rents.

Badge Description
switch_access_shortcut Short Wait
Low income apartments with no or short waiting lists.
payment Subsidized
Low income housing where the rent is subsidized and the renter pays only a portion of total rent.
real_estate_agent Accepts Vouchers
Apartments that accept Section 8 vouchers near you
elderly Senior
Rental housing for seniors who are 55 (or sometimes 62) and older.
payment Income Based
Affordable apartments where the rent paid is based on renter income.
accessibility Accessible
Meets Accessibilty Requirements of the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, or HUD policy.
accessible_forward Disability
Apartments for individuals or families with disabilities.
The Hourly Wage Needed to Afford A Safe, Modest 2 Bed Apartment In Santa Maria, California
$56.70/hour
$40.70 (+254%) more than California minimum wage and $49.45 (+682%) more than the Federal minimum wage.
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What HUD offices serve 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.

Operates the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing programs for Santa Maria, California.

Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Santa Maria.

How many renters live in Santa Maria, California?

The City of Santa Maria has people living in households.

There are renters living in renter households in this City. Renters make up 53.61 percent of the population living in Santa Maria.

What is the rental market like in Santa Maria, California?

There are an estimated housing units in the Santa Maria area. Of these, units are rental homes, making up percent of the housing market. For every renter household in Santa Maria, California, there are 1 rental units.

What is the vacancy rate for rentals in Santa Maria?

The rental vacancy rate in Santa Maria is 3 percent. This is a lower than average vacancy rate. When rental vacancy rates are low there are fewer available units. Rents tend to be higher as more people compete for scarce housing.

How many rental units are in Santa Maria for each bedroom size?

Occupied Rental Units by Size in Santa Maria
Studio One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four+ Bedrooms
884 2,808 4,969 4,340 905
Occupied Rental Units by Size in Santa Maria

A large number of apartments in Santa Maria have two or fewer bedrooms. Seniors and young professionals especially may have more success finding an apartment that meets their needs.

How Much Is Rent in Santa Maria

Depending on size, the Fair Market Rent - HUDs measurement of the cost of an average housing unit - ranges from $2,330 to $4,528. FMRs are updated annually by HUD for every city and county nationwide.

Bed Size 2024 Fair Market Rents
Studio $2,330
One BR $2,651
Two BR $2,994
Three BR $3,996
Four BR $4,528
2024 Fair Market Rents in Santa Maria, California

How many units are rented at Fair Market Rent (FMR) in Santa Maria?

Renters with a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher must select a home that is at or below the area’s Fair Market Rent. Markets with a large share of units above FMR tend to have longer search times to find a qualified unit, while those with a large share of units below FMR tend to have more choices and shorter search times. The share below FMR can vary by size of unit, as shown in the table below.

These are the approximate number of units renting below the FMR in this market:

Unit Size Count of Units Below FMR Percentage of Total Units Below FMR
Studio 616 70 percent
One BR 1,509 54 percent
Two BR 1,813 36 percent
Rental Units Below FMR in Santa Maria, California

How many affordable rental units are in Santa Maria?

There are a variety of federal affordable housing programs serving households in Santa Maria, California including the following:

Federal Program Unit Count
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
Tracked Units by Federal Program in Santa Maria, California

Rental units may be funded in part by multiple federal programs.

Income Based Apartments in Santa Maria, California

Santa Maria features 438 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 751 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 $2,695 and $3,293.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.