The City of Santa Monica Housing Division’s mission is to create new housing opportunities, preserve existing affordable housing, and help residents keep their housing in Santa Monica.
The Housing Division creates new housing opportunities through inclusionary zoning – requiring that a percentage of all new development within the City be affordable – and by loaning money from the Housing Trust Fund to nonprofit developers to build and rehab affordable housing.
The Santa Monica Housing Authority is an entity within the Housing Division that administers rental assistance programs for approximately 1,400 very low- and low-income households, using federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Maintaining a diverse and inclusive community is one of the Santa Monica City Council’s top strategic goals and is at the core of our community’s values. The Housing Division works to ensure that economic diversity, a hallmark of Santa Monica, continues to flourish and that longtime residents can remain in their households. The City of Santa Monica believes that affordable housing for Santa Monica residents and workers reduces traffic, enriches the community, provides flexibility as economic trends fluctuate, and makes Santa Monica an even better place to live.
The Santa Monica Housing Authority (SMHA) administers the following federally-funded programs:
- Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (also known as Section 8): This program assists low- and very low-income households by subsidizing their rent with a voucher.
- Continuum of Care (CoC): This program helps individuals who are homeless find permanent housing and services through voucher assistance. For a list of agencies who refer households to SMHA for the CoC program, click here.
- HOME: This program helps households who are at risk of losing their housing stay in their homes through voucher assistance. For a list of agencies who refer households to SMHA for the HOME program, click here.
The Housing Division also administers the following locally-funded programs:
- Affordable Housing Production Program (AHPP): This program helps low- to moderate-income households afford housing by requiring that a subset of all new multi-family buildings in Santa Monica be affordable.
- Affordable Housing Loans: This program provides loans to nonprofit developers to build or rehab affordable housing in Santa Monica.
- Compliance monitoring: The Housing Division ensures continued adherence of the above two programs to the affordability requirements and restrictions.
- Preserving Our Diversity (POD): This is a pilot program that helps older adults meet a basic needs budget through a monthly subsidy.