Affordable Housing In Sonoma
Sonoma County, California

Waiting List Openings In Sonoma

Sonoma County, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List

The Sonoma County Housing Authority (SCHA) will accept Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications from October 1, 2021, until November 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT.

How to Apply for the Sonoma County, CA Section 8 HCV Waiting List.

10 Low Income Apartment Communities In Sonoma

Celestina Garden Apartments

125 Dorene Way
Sonoma, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Fetters Apartments

200 Dorene Way
Sonoma, California
Income Based
1-3 BR

Fetters Apartments

200 Dorene Way
Sonoma, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Oak Ridge Senior Apartments

18800 Beatrice Dr
Sonoma, California

Springs Village

200 Fuente Ln
Sonoma, California

Firehouse Village

548 2nd St W
Sonoma, California

Village Green II

650 4th St W
Sonoma, California

Bhdc - Springs Village Apartments

17302 Vailetti Dr
Sonoma, California

Sonoma Valley Apts

30 West Agua Caliente Road
Sonoma, California

Sonoma Village Apts

61 W. Agua Caliente Rd
Sonoma, California
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Sonoma, 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 Sonoma, California

Housing Authority Programs
Sonoma County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Family Self-Sufficiency; Mainstream Voucher; Family Unification Program (FUP)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Sonoma, California

There are 10 low income housing apartment communities offering 465 affordable apartments for rent in Sonoma, California.

Income Based Apartments in Sonoma, California

Sonoma features 30 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 Sonoma, California

There are 419 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Sonoma.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Sonoma, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Sonoma landlords $1,000 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Sonoma.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Sonoma, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,834 and $2,242.

2022 Sonoma, 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
Sonoma, California Fair Market Rent $1,373 $1,549 $2,038 $2,851 $3,163
Sonoma, California Payment Standard Range $1,236 to $1,510 $1,394 to $1,704 $1,834 to $2,242 $2,566 to $3,136 $2,847 to $3,479

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Sonoma, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 10
Total Low Income Apartments 465
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 30
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 48.38%
Average Renter Household Size 2.07
Average Household Size 2.15
Median Household Income $62,516 ±$10,967
Median Rent $1,507 ±$137
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 59.17% ± 10.61pp
Total Population 10,897

Population and Household Demographics

Sonoma is a city in Sonoma County, California with a population of 10,897. There are 4,957 households in the city with an average household size of 2.15 persons. 48.38% of households in Sonoma are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Sonoma

The median gross income for households in Sonoma is $62,516 a year, or $5,210 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,507 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Sonoma, a household making less than $5,023 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 59.17% of households who rent are overburdened in Sonoma.

Area Median Income In Sonoma

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 Sonoma, the AMI is calculated from all households within Sonoma County.

In Sonoma, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $103,300

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 Sonoma

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 Sonoma

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Sonoma AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$24,450 $27,950 $31,450 $34,900 $37,700 $40,500 $43,300 $46,100
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Sonoma AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$40,750 $46,550 $52,350 $58,150 $62,850 $67,500 $72,150 $76,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Sonoma AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$65,150 $74,450 $83,750 $93,050 $100,500 $107,950 $115,400 $122,850