January 31, 2022 – Draft FY22-23 Annual Plan posted for public commentThe Santa Monica Housing Authority (SMHA) FY22-23 proposed Annual Plan is now available for a 45-day public comment period ending March 17, 2022. The Annual Plan identifies any discretionary policy changes made to the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) sections of the Administrative Plan, and tracks progress made towards the goals identified in SMHA's 5-Year Plan. The SMHA is not proposing any changes to the current Administrative Plan. The Administrative Plan establishes oversight policies to operate the SMHA's housing rental subsidy programs in a manner consistent with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations. Members of the public may provide comment during this period regarding the Administrative Plan.
The draft Annual Plan and the current Administrative Plan are now posted for review. An electronic copy of the Annual Plan is available to view on the web here and electronic copy of the current (FY21-22) Administrative Plan is available to view on the web here.No later than March 17, 2022, Please email your written comments to email@example.com or mail them to:
November 18, 2021 - Updates to proposed FY21-22 Administrative PlanThe FY21-22 proposed Administrative Plan was available for a 45-day public comment period that ended October 31, 2021. The Administrative Plan establishes oversight policies to operate the Santa Monica Housing Authority’s (SMHA) housing rental subsidy programs in a manner consistent with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations. Staff has taken into account comments regarding SMHA's proposed Administrative Plan received from members of the public, members of the Resident Advisory Board, and the Housing Commission, and the updated proposed FY21-22 Administrative Plan is now available to view on the web here. You can also view a summary of the changes here.
October 13, 2021 - 2022 Utility AllowancesEffective January 1, 2022, a new Utility Schedule will be applied to rent and subsidy calculations at annual reexaminations, new admissions, and unit transfers.
September 16, 2021 - Draft FY21-22 Administrative Plan posted for public comment + notice of public hearing
The City Council/Housing Authority Board of the City of Santa Monica will hold a public hearing to receive comment and adopt proposed revisions to the Santa Monica Housing Authority’s Administrative Plan. The Administrative Plan establishes oversight policies to operate the Santa Monica Housing Authority’s (SMHA) housing rental subsidy programs in a manner consistent with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regulations.
The draft Administrative Plan is now posted for review during the 45-day public comment period ending October 31, 2021. An electronic copy is available to view on the web here. You can also view a summary of the changes here.
No later than October 31, 2021, please email your written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to:
City of Santa Monica
1685 Main St., Mail Stop #19
Santa Monica, CA 90401
The Public Hearing will be November 23, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers via teleconference. You can find information regarding the City Council meeting, where the hearing will take place, here: smgov.net/departments/council/.
If you have any special disability-related needs or accommodations, please contact the Housing Authority at (310) 458-8743.
September 15, 2021 - Emergency Housing Vouchers program
The Emergency Housing Vouchers program is launching in the Los Angeles region. Vouchers will be prioritized by the LA Coordinated Entry System, initially referring participants who are homeless, recently homeless, or fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking, as defined by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and Los Angeles' Coordinated Entry System Policy Council. It is likely that most people eligible for this resource are already connected to the Coordinated Entry System and will be referred by case managers assigned to provide client housing support and connection. If, however, you think you are eligible for the program (please see the CES Interim Policy on Emergency Housing Voucher priority populations), please contact a Coordinated Entry System Access Center in your region. Please note that connection to the Coordinated Entry System does not guarantee your eligibility or prioritization for housing or rental subsidy support.
August 30, 2021 - Housing Authority Board information available
View information about the Housing Authority Board on its new webpage here.
August 2, 2021 - Notice of Public Hearing Before the Santa Monica City Council
On Tuesday, August 24 at 5:30 p.m., City Council will conduct a public hearing regarding the proposed adoption of resolutions which would adjust the Affordable Housing Unit Base Fee and the Affordable Housing Unit Development Cost that developers of multi-family projects may pay to the City pursuant to Section 9.64.070(b) and Section 9.64.070(C) of the City’s Affordable Housing Production Program. Please see the following memorandums regarding these fees:
If you want to provide public comment at the City Council’s public hearing, you can call by phone at (310) 312-8173 when the caller queue opens for the public hearing for this item. The caller queue for this agenda item will not open until just before the item is called and will then remain open until the first five public comments are heard.
Letters should be addressed to:
Mayor and City Council
1685 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Further information may be obtained from the City Housing and Human Services Division at the address above or by calling (310) 458-8743.
June 30, 2021 - Notice of appointment to the Housing Authority Board by lottery
On May 5, 2021, participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 program were sent a letter inviting them to express their interest in serving on the Housing Authority Board (HAB). Forty-six eligible individuals expressed interest (view the interest list here) before the deadline, so the Santa Monica Housing Authority (SMHA) conducted a live-streamed lottery on June 29, 2021, to fill the two open seats on the HAB.
On the livestream, candidates' initials were sequenced in a random order. Here is the list that was generated. The candidates whose initials were generated as the top two in the random sequence are invited to sit on the HAB; if they are unable to serve, or an alternate is needed at any time during the two-year term, SMHA will go down this randomized list in order.
April 20, 2021 - NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The City Council/Housing Authority Board of the City of Santa Monica will hold a public hearing to receive comment and adopt proposed revisions to SMHA's Administrative and Annual Plans. The Public Hearing is scheduled for April 27 at 5:30 p.m. via teleconference. You can find the agenda for the meeting here.
February 21, 2021 - Santa Monica Awarded Over $5 Million for Affordable Housing Production (Santa Monica Mirror Article)
The California Department of Housing and Community Development has announced two awards to the City of Santa Monica for future affordable housing production. Read the full article here.
February 2, 2021 - Support Available to Additional Low-Income Seniors Santa Monica Program (Santa Monica Mirror Article)
Read the media alert here.
January 28, 2021 - Las Flores Affordable Housing Breaks Ground in Santa Monica (Urbanize Article)
Plans call for 73 residential units. Read the full article here.
January 5, 2021 - $23M Senior Affordable Housing Project Rises in Santa Monica (Urbanize Article)
Eight months after breaking ground in Santa Monica, construction has progressed to the second floor above ground at the site of Magnolia Villas, a new senior affordable housing development from EAH Housing. Read the full article here.
November 11, 2020 - 2021 Utility Allowances
Effective February 1, 2021, a new Utility Schedule will be applied to rent and subsidy calculations at annual reexaminations, new admissions, and unit transfers.
The schedule may be viewed by clicking the link below. A notice informing Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participants in Santa Monica about the new Utility Schedule was mailed out prior to November 18, 2020 to all existing HCV participants in Santa Monica. The 30-day comment period regarding the new 2021 Utility Schedule will expire on December 18, 2020. Comments can be emailed to email@example.com.
Existing HCV participants will need to contact their Housing Specialist to see how the new 2021 schedule will specifically impact them.
View the 2021 Utility Allowances.
A partir del 1 de febrero 2021, se establecerán nuevos cálculos de subsidio para los gastos de servicios públicos durante los examines anuales, las admisiones nuevas y las mudanzas de vivienda.
Los cálculos pueden ser vistos en el enlace de abajo. A todos los participantes del programa de la Sección 8 (HCV) se le envió un aviso por correo sobre los nuevos cálculos de subsidio para los servicios públicos antes del 18 de noviembre de 2020. El periodo de comentarios de 30 días terminará el 18 de diciembre de 2020 con respecto a los nuevos cálculos de subsidio para los servicios del aÑo 2021. Puede enviarnos sus comentarios por correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Los participantes del programa de la Sección 8 pueden comunicarse con su especialista de vivienda para averiguar si los nuevos cálculos del aÑo 2021 afectarán sus casos individuales.
If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability or for language assistance please contact the Santa Monica Housing Authority at (310) 458-8743.
August 17, 2020 - LA County COVID-19 Rent Relief
The County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors recently approved $100 Million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds to provide rental assistance on behalf of tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A lottery of eligible applicants will be run at the end of the application process. A tenant must complete an online application at 211la.org/lacounty/rentrelief. Applications will be accepted from Monday, August 17 through Monday, August 31.
La Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Los Ángeles aprobó recientemente $100 millones en Fondos de Ayuda para el Coronavirus de la Ley CARES para brindar asistencia para la renta para inquilinos afectados por la pandemia de COVID-19. Se realizará una lotería de solicitantes elegibles al final del proceso de solicitud. Un inquilino debe completar una solicitud por internet en 211la.org/lacounty/rentrelief. Se aceptarán solicitudes desde el lunes 17 de agosto hasta el lunes 31 de agosto.
July 2, 2020 - New Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Applications open July 7 - July 17, 2020 for a three-month rental assistance program for households impacted by COVID-19. Learn more.
May 1, 2020 - Waitlists are open
The City of Santa Monica's Housing Division opened its Section 8 and Below Market Housing (BMH) waitlists on May 1, 2020. The lists will remain open for the foreseeable future. Apply to one or both of the programs here: https://www.santamonica.gov/housing-apply
August 1, 2019 - Memorandums
July 31, 2018 - Public Records Act Requests Policy
Due to limited staff resources, we dedicate one staff person to accommodate all public information act requests for one hour each week.