Affordable Housing In Sonoma County
California

Waiting List Openings In Sonoma County

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.

127 Low Income Apartment Communities In Sonoma County

Vintage Zinfandel Senior Apartments

2037 Zinfandel Ave
Santa Rosa, California

Bodega Hills Apartments

121 W Hills Cir
Sebastopol, California

Hendley Circle Apartments

1415 Hendley St
Santa Rosa, California

Paulin Creek Apartments

2808 Apple Valley Ln
Santa Rosa, California

Harvest Grove Apts

255 West Grant St.
Healdsburg, California

Sonoma Valley Apts

30 West Agua Caliente Road
Sonoma, California

Sonoma Village Apts

61 W. Agua Caliente Rd
Sonoma, California

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Sonoma 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 Sonoma County, 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 County, California

There are 127 low income housing apartment communities offering 8,700 affordable apartments for rent in Sonoma County, California.

Income Based Apartments in Sonoma County, California

Sonoma County features 2,510 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 County, California

There are 6,023 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Sonoma County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Sonoma County, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Sonoma County landlords $1,000 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Sonoma County.

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

2022 Sonoma 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
Sonoma County, California Fair Market Rent $1,373 $1,549 $2,038 $2,851 $3,163
Sonoma County, 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 AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Sonoma County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 127
Total Low Income Apartments 8,700
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,510
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 40.57%
Average Renter Household Size 2.65
Average Household Size 2.59
Median Household Income $64,240 ±$1,224
Median Rent $1,320 ±$20
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.86% ± 1.84pp
Total Population 495,078

Population and Household Demographics

Sonoma County is a county in California with a population of 495,078. There are 187,782 households in the county with an average household size of 2.59 persons. 40.57% of households in Sonoma County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Sonoma County

The median gross income for households in Sonoma County is $64,240 a year, or $5,353 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,320 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Sonoma County, a household making less than $4,400 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.86% of households who rent are overburdened in Sonoma County.

Area Median Income In Sonoma 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 Sonoma County, 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 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 Sonoma 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 Sonoma County 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 County 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 County 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

Cities In Sonoma County

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City Served By
Bloomfield The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bloomfield is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Bodega The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bodega is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Bodega Bay The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bodega Bay is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Boyes Hot Springs The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Boyes Hot Springs is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Carmet The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Carmet is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Cazadero The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cazadero is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Cloverdale The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cloverdale is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Cotati The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cotati is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
El Verano The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves El Verano is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Eldridge The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Eldridge is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Fetters Hot Springs Agua Caliente The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fetters Hot Springs Agua Caliente is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fetters Hot Springs-Agua Caliente is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Forestville The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Forestville is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Fulton The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fulton is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Geyserville The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Geyserville is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Glen Ellen The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Glen Ellen is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Graton The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Graton is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Guerneville The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Guerneville is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Healdsburg The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Healdsburg is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Jenner The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Jenner is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Kenwood The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kenwood is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Larkfield Wikiup The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Larkfield Wikiup is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Larkfield-Wikiup The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Larkfield-Wikiup is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Monte Rio The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Monte Rio is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Occidental The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Occidental is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Penngrove The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Penngrove is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Petaluma The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Petaluma is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Rohnert Park The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rohnert Park is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Roseland The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Roseland is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Salmon Creek The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Salmon Creek is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Santa Rosa The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Santa Rosa are the Sonoma County Housing Authority and City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority.
Sea Ranch The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sea Ranch is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Sebastopol The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sebastopol is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Sereno del Mar The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sereno del Mar is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Sonoma The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sonoma is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Temelec The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Temelec is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Timber Cove The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Timber Cove is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Valley Ford The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Valley Ford is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
Windsor The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Windsor is the Sonoma County Housing Authority.