Santa Monica Housing Office - Below Market Housing





The City of Santa Monica’s Below Market Housing (BMH) program offers housing opportunities for Santa Monica residents and workers for a range of family sizes and incomes
Rather than providing a rental subsidy, this program offers apartments in the private sector at a rent that is lower than market rate. Households that meet the conditions listed below can apply for the BMH waitlist and will be contacted when apartments have vacancies that fit their income and household composition needs.


Who can apply?

To be eligible for the BMH waitlist, applicants' total household income, before taxes, must not exceed the amounts listed below (effective May 1, 2023):

The waitlist is open to everyone who meets the income requirements, and priority is given to households that live or work in Santa Monica. To receive this priority, the head of household must: 

What do I need to apply?

You will need:

  1. A valid email address
  2. Documentation verifying your income and employment or residence in Santa Monica. Acceptable documents include tax forms, bank statements, paystubs, and documentation of any other income, assets, or benefits. You can upload pictures of the documents, but they need to be clearly readable.

How do I apply?

Please follow the steps in this guide to apply to the waitlist. Para ver el guía en español, haga clic aqui.

How do I check my waitlist status?

To check your status for the BMH program, please log into your account (there should be a link in your email confirmation; it's the same website where you applied) and go to Step 3 to check your status on the waitlist. 

When will I know if I got selected?

When an owner of an affordable housing property has a vacancy, they request applicants from the BMH waitlist. We then pull applications from the top of the waitlist based on priority, household size, and income. If you qualify, we send your information to the property owner and the property owner will contact you directly.

How do you choose who gets selected?

Applicants are split into three categories:

First priority –

Second priority – All other households who either live in Santa Monica or work at least 25 hours per week in Santa Monica. This includes persons in job training programs with a Santa Monica employer or who previously worked in Santa Monica and now receive retirement benefits, worker’s compensation, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, or vocational rehabilitation benefits from the City of Santa Monica.

Third priority – by the date and time that the application is submitted.

What is a strike?

Waitlist applicants must abide by a “strike” policy to continue participation in the BMH waitlist. If an applicant receives five (5) strikes, they will be removed from the BMH waitlist and must reapply. Therefore, it is important to understand what will and will not result in a strike. The City has discretion on whether an applicant remains on the waitlist.  

You will not get a strike if:

You will receive a strike if:

How can I learn more about improving my credit history?

Los Angeles County Consumer & Business Affairs Center for Financial Empowerment offers resources for consumers interested in credit counseling and other financial empowerment strategies - click here to visit their website.

Community Corporation of Santa Monica

The City of Santa Monica is partnering with Community Corporation of Santa Monica, a non-profit organization that restores, builds, and manages affordable housing, to provide one streamlined list for affordable housing. The BMH program incorporates what was formerly known as the AHPP program as well as Community Corporation's portfolio of vacancies. If you are applying for one of Community Corp’s studio apartments and meet the criteria, you will be contacted by a member of Community Corp’s leasing team.

To contact Santa Monica Housing Office, please email Or you can leave us a message at 310-458-8740

Para comunicarse con la oficina de Vivienda de Santa Mónica, puede enviar un correo electrónico a . Al contrario, puede llamar al 310-458-8740 para dejarnos un mensaje de voz. 


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