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Apply for Rental Assistance Wait List

The new waitlist will be open from July 1, 2019-July 31, 2019.

About the Housing Choice Voucher Program

The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a rent subsidy program that assists eligible low-income persons and their families in obtaining affordable, decent, and safe housing by paying a portion of their rent. Eligible applicants locate a unit in the private rental market. Rent must be within the current allowed Payment Standards.

Download the Fact Sheet on the Waitlist Lottery Update

Fraud Alert

Please make sure that when you are submitting a waitlist lottery application, that it is the Housing Authority's official application at www.waitlistcheck.com/CA085

There is no fee for submitting a waitlist application. No credit card number is ever collected when applying to the Housing Authority waitlists.

Sonoma County Housing Authority Waitlist Lottery Application Period Opens July 1-31

The Sonoma County Housing Authority is accepting applications for its new Housing Choice Voucher lottery waiting list from July 1-31, 2019. Applications can be completed online at www.waitlistcheck.com/CA085 OR in person at the Housing Authority's offices located at 1440 Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa. Office hours are M–F, from 8AM –5 PM. If you are interested in applying to the waitlist, you MUST submit an application during the open application period. All prior applications will be canceled. For more information, contact the Housing Authority at (707) 565-1848/TDD (707) 565-7555 or at scha.update@sonoma-county.org. Translation services available upon request.

Income Limits

The following are the maximum annual income limits for Sonoma County Housing Authority's Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program as of April 1, 2018.

Income Limits: Your household's annual gross total income (income before taxes or any other amounts are taken away) must be less than or equal to the amounts shown above. You must include the income of every person who will live with you. (You do not have to include earned income of minor children 17 years or younger.)

Income Limits for Households with No Employed Adult(s)

Household Size Yearly Income
1 $37,800 
2 $43,200 
3 $48,600 
4 $54,000 
5 $58,350 
6 $62,650 
7 $67,000 
8 $71,300 

Income Limits for Households with Employed Adult(s)

Household Size Yearly Income
1 $45,360 
2 $51,840 
3 $58,320 
4 $64,800 
5 $70,020 
6 $75,180 
7 $80,400 
8 $85,560 


Of the applicant pool, 500 names will be pulled at random to be added to the waitlist and assigned a number. Families on the Sonoma County Housing Authority’s waiting list will be served based on their numerical standing. Applications deemed ineligible once selected will be removed from the list.

Preference is granted to applicants with household members in Any One of the following groups:

  • Persons with disabilities
  • Seniors (62+ years of age)

Applicants with one of these preferences will be served first. You will only be required to provide documentation for any preferences that apply to you at the time your name is reached on the waiting list.

Applicants without preferences can expect to be served within 24 months of approval for a voucher.

Contact Information

Martha Cheever
Housing Authority Manager
Community Development Commission
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Housing Authority Administrative Plan

The purpose of the administrative plan is to establish policies for carrying out the programs in a manner consistent with HUD requirements and local goals contained in our agency's plan.

Housing Authority Admin Plan
Last updated July 2018