Santa Monica Housing Office - Project-Based Vouchers

The Santa Monica Housing Authority (SMHA) is excited to offer a limited amount of site-specific, Project-Based Vouchers (PBV) to all rent-controlled and market rate property owners.

This program is currently on hold. SMHA is currently not accepting applications.

What is the PBV program?

The PBV program furthers SMHA's goal of deconcentrating poverty and expanding economic and housing opportunities for low-income families in the City of Santa Monica. The program attaches a rental subsidy to a vacant home, or a home occupied by an existing qualified family, subject to SMHA payment standards and rent reasonableness.

SMHA's Current Exception Payment Standard by Bedroom Size


One Bedroom

Two Bedroom

Three Bedroom

Four Bedroom






What is a qualified family? 

A qualified family is a household with a total annual income that is below Los Angeles County's 50% median income as shown below. Owner-occupied housing is not eligible.

HUD's Maximum Total Annual Income Limit

Number of Persons






Very Low Income






    How do I apply? 

    SMHA is currently not accepting applications.                        

    What are the next steps?

    If your proposal is selected, you will be notified of a housing quality inspection (HQS) date. The proposed apartment(s) will need to pass an HQS inspection. Once the apartment(s) have passed, we will refer a tenant to your vacant unit. If you have an existing in-place tenant, they will be required to fill out an application to determine eligibility for the PBV program.

    Is there a deadline to submit a proposal?

    There is no deadline. Proposals will be reviewed by the Housing Authority as they are received, and contracts will be awarded on an ongoing basis until SMHA’s needs are met.

    For more information or to submit your application for a PBV voucher, contact Patrick Gregorian at

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