Community Development Commission
For Immediate Release

<p> Sonoma County Housing Authority opens its Section 8 Waitlist Lottery. </p>

Santa Rosa,CA | September 24, 2021

En español

The Sonoma County Housing Authority will accept applications from Oct. 1 until Nov. 1, 2021, for its Housing Choice Voucher waitlist lottery.  

The Housing Choice Voucher program - formerly known as the Section 8 program - provides financial assistance to very low-income individuals and families to enable them to afford housing in the private rental housing market. You can verify if you are income-eligible by visiting Sonoma County Housing Authority Page. 

Seven hundred and fifty applicants will be randomly selected, screened for eligibility, and notified in early December that they have a place on the new waitlist. Those who are not selected this time will be notified and are welcome to reapply when the waitlist reopens in approximately 24 months. 

Applications are due Monday, Nov. 1, by 5 p.m. if submitted in person at the Housing Authority’s offices, or by 11:59 p.m. if submitted online. 

Applications can be completed online at or in person at the Housing Authority’s offices located at 1440 Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa. Office hours are from Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

If you require a disability-related accommodation to access any programs, services or activities provided by the Sonoma County Community Development Commission or the Sonoma County Housing Authority, contact (707) 565-7500/TDD (707) 565-7555. Translation services will be made available upon request. 

The Housing Authority reminds the public that fees-for-service or credit card numbers are never collected when applying to Housing Choice Voucher or Project-Based Voucher Waitlists. It is not uncommon for scammers to create fraudulent websites that look authentic: their names may say “Section 8” and they might show an Equal Housing Opportunity logo. Such sites will take the applicant’s money and sell their personal information. 

If you find a website that seems fraudulent, please file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and email the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development at The only legitimate website to apply to the Sonoma County Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist Lottery is

For more information, contact the Sonoma County Housing Authority at (707) 565-1848/TDD (707) 565-7555 or send an email to