Currently, the waitlist for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, also known as Section 8, is closed.
We do not know when the waitlist will reopen, but when it does, it will be announced on this page, in local newspapers, and on the City’s website. For more information, please visit the Housing Choice Voucher Program waitlist page.
If you earn moderate income:
You may be eligible for the City of Santa Monica Moderate-Income Household waitlist for the Affordable Housing Production Program (AHPP). To see if you qualify and for details about the program, please go to the AHPP page.
If you live and work in a city other than Santa Monica:
It's a good idea to start by contacting the housing authority for the city in which you currently live to see if they have an open HCV waitlist. Please see the list of Los Angeles County Housing Authorities.
If you need emergency housing:
The City of Santa Monica Housing Division is not able to provide emergency housing. If you're in need of emergency housing, visit 211 LA or call 2-1-1, or visit the LA County Housing Resource Center resources page.
If you're a senior:
Please see this list of privately-owned affordable housing for seniors.
If you have a disability:
Please see this list of organizations that can assist individuals with a disability.
If you are experiencing homelessness:
Please see this list of organizations that can assist individuals/families who are experiencing homelessness.
If you are at risk of losing your home:
Please see this list of organizations that can assist individuals/families who are at risk for eviction because they can't pay their rent.
If you have been displaced from your home:
You may be eligible for the HCV Program or the AHPP Program if you have been displaced from your home in Santa Monica due to one of the following causes:
- The property owner withdrawing a residential building from the rental market (Ellis Act)
- An eviction so that a property owner or relative can move into a rental unit (owner-occupancy)
- A government action
- The property owner seeking to demolish or otherwise remove a unit from rental use
- The building being condemned
- Domestic violence
- Natural disaster that has damaged the building
- Eviction due to a mobile home closure
To apply, you will need to submit documents proving your displacement from Santa Monica and that you meet certain income requirements. Please check if your income meets or is below the AHPP income requirements — if so, please come into our office at 1901 Main Street, Suite A, Santa Monica, CA 90405 to fill out the application and submit your documentation.
If you're seeking a rent-controlled apartment:
For a list of rent-controlled apartments in Santa Monica, visit the Rent Control department's website.
If you need language assistance or TTY:
Please see the Limited English Proficiency Program information.