Santa Monica Housing Office - Seniors

State of California COVID-19 Rent and Utility Relief:  

Money is available to pay housing and utility costs for income eligible renters and landlords impacted by COVID-19. Apply NOW: Need help? Contact 3-1-1 or  

Preserving Our Diversity (POD) Program

If you are a senior, age 65 or older, who earns extremely low income and has lived in a Santa Monica rent-controlled apartment since before January 1, 2000, you may be eligible for our POD program, which provides monthly cash assistance.

Section 8 Project-Based Senior Waitlist

In addition to the main Section 8 waitlist, there is a waitlist specifically for seniors, for three affordable senior buildings in Santa Monica: Santa Monica Christian Towers, Westminster Towers, and Nielson Villas. To apply, go to the apply page and follow the instructions for applying to the Section 8 program. Once you have created and confirmed your account, you will have the option to choose which waitlist(s) you want to apply to. We suggest applying for both the Santa Monica Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) and the Senior Buildings list.

Magnolia Villas

If you’re a senior, age 62+, who earns low income, you may be eligible to rent an apartment in the brand-new Magnolia Villas senior building opening this fall. Learn more.

Other Resources for Seniors

Wise and Healthy Aging advances the dignity and quality of life of older adults through leadership, advocacy and high-quality, innovative services.
(310) 394-9871
1527 4th St., 2nd Floor, Santa Monica, CA  90401

Affordable Living for the Aging (ALA) offers many resources, including a shared housing program in which they connect senior homeowners with a senior housemate based on interests.
(323) 650-7988

Los Angeles County Housing Resource Center offers a list of resources for seniors is L.A. County.

Privately-Owned Affordable Senior Housing

For information about availability, waiting lists, and how to apply, please contact each organization directly. 

Adda and Paul Safran Senior Housing in Venice
(310) 450-9545
151 Ocean Front Walk Venice, CA 90291

Barnard Park Villas
(310) 399-7023
3356 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Fourth Street Senior Citizen Housing
(310) 477-1476 (Hotline) or (310) 475-6083
1116 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Geneva Plaza
(323) 258-3512
1441 21st Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Lincoln Court
(310) 314-8269 
2807 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405 

Neilson Villas
(310) 392-3322
3100 Neilson Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405 

Ocean Breeze
(424) 268-4176
1458 14th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 

Santa Monica Christian Towers
(323) 258-3512 
1233 6th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 

Silvercrest Senior Living
They have amenities on-site for tenants, including a dining room that serves two meals a day (included with the rent). In order to be considered for a vacancy you have to call every day.
(310) 393-5336
1530 5th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Upward Bound Senior Villas
(310) 458-7779
1011 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Westminster Towers
(323) 258-3512
1112 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403 

Wilshire House
(310) 395-4545
1125 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401