Waiting List Opened for St. Stephens Senior Housing
Posted 2/10/2017 (updated 2/22/17)
The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz has opened a new site
based waiting list for Project Based Voucher (PBV) assistance at the St.
Stephens Senior Housing located at 2510 Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. St.
Stephens Senior Housing is currently being developed by MidPen Housing
for occupancy by low-income seniors at least 62 years of age. There will
be a total of 39 project based units at St. Stephens. Five units are
designated for formerly homeless veterans participating in the HUD-VASH
program, as referred by the Veterans Administration. Five units
are designated for Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) eligible
persons referred by Health Projects Center. This new site based waiting
list is for the remaining 29 units.
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 St. Stephens Senior Housing
for at least one year before potentially being eligible to
transfer your assistance to another unit.
Pre-applications for the St. Stephens waiting
list will be available beginning February 21st, 2017.
If you or your spouse are
age 62 or older, and you are interested in residing at St. Stephens
Senior Housing, you may complete a St. Stephens pre-application.
Pre-application forms will be available beginning February 21, 2017:
from our lobby during office hours Monday – Thursday 8:00 am –
by calling (831) 454-5950
from Santa Cruz Veterans Resource Center, 1658 Soquel Drive,
Suite H, Santa Cruz, Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
To be added to the St. Stephens waiting list,
return a complete pre-application to the Housing Authority between Feb
21 and 5 pm March 10, 2017.
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
For information on availability of units and eligibility criteria
call MidPen Housing at 855-278-7669 (follow prompts for St Stephens).
If you have any other
questions, please contact our Waiting List
Information Line at 831-454-5950.
Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery
Children’s Museum of Discovery (SCCMOD) offers families with Section 8
Vouchers or in Public Housing an annual $5 membership to interactive
learning at this children’s museum inside the Capitola Mall.
Due to the
generosity of a local family foundation,
the Lee Schulte
the SCCMOD is able to offer a full year's
membership under their Family Access Program to qualifying families for
only $5 per year.
only complete a simple application which is available on the SCCMOD
show paperwork that they receive any kind of public assistance and pay
their $5 portion of the membership cost and they will receive a
Access Membership Form in ENGLISH
Access Membership Form in ESPAÑOL
For more information, please contact SCCMOD at
(888) 424-8035 or email Gina at
Open Daily. Closed: Easter, Fourth of
July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day. Located
near the Food Court in the mall.
Authority Assists People Acquire Low Cost Internet at Home
The Housing Authority wants to help bridge the digital divide for our
participants and the whole community. Soon we will be mailing
internet access information to all our participants receiving rental
assistance. This information is from both AT&T and Comcast
internet service providers. Both have special programs for
connecting low-income households to the internet for a low monthly fee.
AT&T and Comcast have slightly different ways of qualifying homes for
the low cost internet service. AT&T qualifies homes with at least
one person receiving CalFresh or SSI benefits. Comcast qualifies
homes with persons receiving rental assistance through HUD/the Housing
Authority. AT&T's offer is $10 a month and Comcast's is $9.95. Both
companies prefer people apply online. Here are the company's
If you need more information or help please contact the company
New Housing Authority
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
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 constructed on
Soquel Avenue in Santa Cruz. 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
While I am new to the position of ED, I have worked with the Housing
Authority for 12 years as Principal Administrative Analyst and more recently
as Acting Deputy Executive Director. In this capacity, I have been involved
with every program run by our Agency, including our large federal programs
such as the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program and the Low Income
Public Housing program, our state and local programs, and I have been
involved in the development and implementation of many of our special
programs for vulnerable populations, such as our Veterans Affairs Supportive
Housing (VASH) vouchers for homeless veterans, and our waiting list
preference for disabled and medically vulnerable homeless persons.
I believe deeply in the Housing Authority’s mission of promoting access to
quality affordable housing, and I have seen the impact that housing
stability has on the thousands of low income households served by this
Agency. The Housing Authority, and the programs we administer, are a
tremendous public asset, providing housing to thousands of individuals and
families. Likewise, the individuals and families served by our programs
form the bedrock of our community, and include day care providers,
paramedics, retail and service workers, and countless other members of our
workforce and our rental housing market, that keep our community vibrant.
In my role as ED, it will be my pleasure to work with our families, our
staff, and our community to pursue access to quality affordable housing for
low income families.