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Santa Monica Housing Division - About Us



About Us

Our Mission 

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.

 We create new housing opportunities by:

  1. Requiring that a percentage of all new development in Santa Monica be affordable 
  2. Loaning money from the Housing Trust Funds to nonprofit developers to build new, and renovate existing, affordable housing.

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. 

Santa Monica Housing Authority (SMHA)

The Santa Monica Housing Authority is a subdivision of the Housing Division that manages 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).

The Housing Division and Housing Authority manage the following programs:

Section 8, or Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, assists low and very-low income households by subsidizing their rent with a federally-funded voucher. 

Below Market Housing (BMH) program helps low to moderate-income households afford housing by offering apartments at a below market rent.

Preserving Our Diversity (POD) provides cash-based assistance to extremely low-income, long-term Santa Monica residents, aged 65 and older, who live in rent-controlled apartments.

HOME helps households who are at risk of losing their housing stay in their homes through voucher assistance. 

Continuum of Care (CoC) helps individuals who are homeless find permanent housing and services through voucher assistance.

Contact Us

(310) 458-8740


1901 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405


The City of Santa Monica Housing Division office is CLOSED due to COVID-19. Staff is working remotely and available via email or phone.

Public records requests

Due to limited staff resources, we are only able to dedicate one staff person for one hour per week to public records requests.

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