There is a limited waitlist opening for the Section 8 Voucher Program offered by the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB). The waitlist will be open Monday, May 2-June 1.

Section 8 vouchers are issued to qualifying applicants allowing them to choose a unit to rent from private landlords. Participants pay a portion of their income toward rent, directly to the landlord, and the remainder of the contract rent is paid to the landlord by the Housing Authority.

Families, seniors, and disabled individuals are given priority on the Section 8 waiting list. Waitlist ranking is based on date and time of application, and preference points.

“This is a real opportunity for those in need of affordable housing. We are we very aware of the local housing crisis and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program can be an important part of the solution,” said Rob Fredericks, executive director/CEO of HACSB.

HACSB began accepting applications online at 8 a.m. May 2. The waitlist will be closed effective June 2. To apply, visit

For more information, contact the Housing Authority at 805-965-1071 or email