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How does one apply for an affordable apartment?

The City of Santa Barbara provides critical financial assistance to developers of affordable rental housing. The City does not own or manage the properties. The following is a list of owner/managers of affordable rental housing the City and its Redevelopment Agency have helped finance.

  • The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is a local public agency that provides affordable housing as well as supportive services to eligible persons with limited incomes. The Housing Authority owns and manages hundreds of units throughout the City and also offers rent subsidies to eligible households. Contact them by calling 965-1071 or by visiting their website
  • People's Self-help Housing Corporation and The Duncan Group own and manage hundreds of units of affordable housing throughout Santa Barbara County and provide on-site community services. Contact them by calling their local office at (805) 962-5152 or by visiting their website.
  • The Community Housing Corporation owns and manages several affordable housing projects throughout the City. Those interested can pick up applications at their offices located at 11 E. Haley Street in downtown Santa Barbara. Call (805) 963-9644 for more information.
  • Mercy Housing California has developed thousands of affordable housing units throughout the State. They own and operate two projects in Oxnard and have completed a large project for low-income families and seniors in Santa Barbara. For more information, visit their website.