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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.

    The Sonoma County Housing Authority Waitlist Lottery is now Open. Waitlist lottery applications will be accepted October 1 – November 1, 2021.

    Visit  www.waitlistcheck.com/CA085 to easily apply online to any of the Sonoma County Housing Authority open waitlists

    Download Application in English ♦ Download Application in Spanish
    to easily apply to the Sonoma County Housing Authority Waitlist Lottery

    To update your personal information from previous applications, please fill out a Waitlist Update form. Only submit this form if you have already submitted an application for the Waitlist Lottery:

    Download Waitlist Update Form in English ♦ Download Waitlist Update Form in Spanish

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

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    Project-Based Voucher Waitlists

    There are no Project Based Voucher waitlists open at this time. To sign up for information regarding future waitlist openings, sign up here

    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, 2020

    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 $40,750
    2 $46,550
    3 $52,350
    4 $58,150
    5 $62,850
    6 $67,500
    7 $72,150
    8 $76,800

    Income Limits for Households with Employed Adult(s)

    Household Size Yearly Income
    1 $48,900
    2 $55,860
    3 $62,820
    4 $69,780
    5 $75,420
    6 $81,000
    7 $86,580
    8 $92,160


    Of the applicant pool, 750 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 and preferences that apply. 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)
    • A limited preference will be granted for applicants who are residing in a unit within the jurisdiction of the Housing Authority, have been in the unit for a minimum of three months, and the landlord will certify that they are willing to accept a Housing Choice Voucher (this preference will be granted to 15% of all names pulled from the waitlist until further notice)

    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 December 2020

    FY 2021 PHA Annual Plan

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