Waiting List Opened for St. Stephens Senior Housing

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:

  • by downloading
  • from our lobby during office hours Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • 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 status.

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.