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The Housing Section of the Planning Department performs a number of Housing functions. Over the past 20 years, County and Redevelopment Agency-sponsored housing efforts have provided assistance to over 1,000 affordable housing units, involving both new construction and renovation projects.

Current housing activities include partnering with non-profit affordable housing developers to build new affordable units and supporting a variety of efforts to create affordable housing opportunities in the community.

Eligibility for affordable housing programs is based on Annual Median Income which is published annually by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD. Please see Income Table and the Affordable Housing Guidelines.

If you have questions about any of the Housing programs, please contact us at 831-454-2332 or

*Preguntas en español, por favor de llamar al 831-454-2332.



  • October 28, 2020 UPDATE: Funds are still available through the Santa Cruz County CARES Program, which provides emergency rental assistance to lower-income renters in the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County.  Applicants must have lost income due to COVID-19 pandemic and be in arears on their rent and/or utility payments.  For more information, click on the links below:  

Deadline to apply:  5pm on November 16, 2020 

Program Flyers:

                   English                  Spanish


  • For Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) information, please click here


  • New CDBG-CV Funding and Application Information available.  For more information, please click here 


  • COVID 19 Housing resources for those struggling to make rent or mortgage payments:

                Click for Resources in English                       Clic Para Recursos En Espanol