New Housing Authority
Posted on 8/31/2016
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz is pleased to announce
that we have adopted a new agency logo! The new logo is presented below.
You will start seeing the new logo design integrated into our website,
business cards, and forms over the coming weeks and months.
New Project Based Voucher waiting list for Resetar Residential
Apartments in Watsonville
Posted on 6/23/2016
The Housing Authority of the
County of Santa Cruz has opened a new site based waiting list for
Project Based Voucher (PBV) rental assistance at Resetar Residential
Apartments in downtown Watsonville.
Resetar Residential Hotel is an 89 unit supportive and affordable
housing project in the heart of downtown Watsonville. There are a total
of 52 Project Based units at Resetar, of which 5 units are set aside for
formerly homeless veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program. There
are 3 one-bedroom units and 49 studio apartment in the Project Based
Voucher Program. Residents of Resetar Residential Hotel establish a
service plan and receive case-management provided by Abode Services or
other service providers.
In most ways, the PBV program operates just like the regular Housing
Choice Voucher (Section 8) program, with households paying roughly one
third of their income towards housing, and the Housing Authority paying
the remainder of the rent directly to the landlord on the tenant’s
behalf. However, there are some key differences between the programs.
For example, in the PBV program, assistance is tied to the unit, not the
household. Therefore, you must reside in Resetar Residential Hotel for
at least one year before potentially being eligible to transfer your
assistance to another unit.
To be added to the Resetar
waiting list, interested persons
must submit a Pre-Application form to the Housing Authority.
Pre-Application forms can be obtained on our
website or from
our lobby during office hours Monday-Thursday, or by calling (831)
454-5950. More information about the Project Based Voucher program can
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz
provides equal opportunity to all applicants for participation in the
Housing Authority's Programs, and is an equal opportunity employer. The
Housing Authority does not discriminate based on race, ancestry, color,
religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, national origin,
political affiliation, age, citizenship, handicap or familial status.
If you have any
questions, please contact our Waiting List Information Line at
Posted on 5/24/2016
Housing Authority recently participated in the annual Santa Cruz Connect
(formerly called Project Homeless Connect) at the Kaiser Permanente
Arena in downtown Santa Cruz.
Cruz Connect focuses on bringing a large number of services and
resources together in the same place at the same time. Hundreds of
individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and government agencies provide
Santa Cruz Connect and its clients with services such as dental care,
eyeglasses, family support, food, HIV testing, housing resources,
hygiene products, medical care, mental health services, substance abuse
treatment, SSI benefits, legal advice, California identification cards,
voice mail, employment counseling, job placement, wheelchair repair,
veterinary services, and more.
Housing Authority staffed a booth at the event, providing attendees with
real time information on waiting list placement and status, as well as
processing requests for waiting list reinstatement and answering general
information about Santa Cruz Connect, please see the story in the Santa
St. Stephens Senior Housing
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz has committed 39
project based vouchers towards the development of a new affordable housing
complex called St. Stephens Senior Housing, which is being developed and constructed on
Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz by Mid-Peninsula Housing. These vouchers were used to leverage
additional funding to support the development, including funding from the
California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.
Once constructed, St. Stephens Senior Housing will house 39 low-income
seniors, with several units set aside for homeless veterans, and for frail
elderly. For more information, please see the following article from the
Santa Cruz Sentinel.
To get on the interest list please visit the MidPen's website at
A Message from the New Executive Director
My name is Jennifer Panetta, and it is an honor to introduce myself as the
new Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the County of Santa