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Housing Assistance Information

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Housing Legislation Resources:
  • California Legislative Information
    • Resource that lists all current State bills and past bills. You can read individual bill text, see red-line changes, and track their progress through the CA State Assembly and Senate.
  • League of California Cities
    • The League of California Cities is an association of California city officials who work together to share knowledge, information, and resources to impact policy decisions that affect cities. Resource listing all current bills making their way through the CA State Assembly and Senate. The League does list their position on the bill.
  • CALCOG State Legislation Bill Tracker
    • CALCOG is the California Association of Councils of Governments. They work to build consensus-based advocacy that targets high priority legislation for members. You can choose "Housing" from the drop-down menu to see all current Housing Bills.
  • California's 2017 Housing Package
    • This is an overview and summary of California's 2017 Housing Package with projected milestones. This information is available from the State Housing and Community Development (HCD) Department.
  • State HCD Annual and Consolidated Reports
    • HCD issues federal and state-mandated plans and reports as well as other educational plans and reports designed to educate elected officials (including state legislators) and the general public.

in February 2019, the City Council approved the Tenant Relocation Associated with Large Rent Increase Ordinance. For more information on this ordinance, please visit the Planning Department's Policy and Ordinance page.

Please note that the City of Santa Cruz does not provide housing or housing assistance directly to individuals or households.


Affordable Housing Developments in Santa Cruz County

Please visit the following websites for lists of affordable housing:

Affordable Measure O Units (Inclusionary Housing)

The City of Santa Cruz requires developers to provide a certain number of affordable units in their projects located within the city limits of Santa Cruz. Please visit the following websites for more information:

Security Deposit Assistance for Low-Income Renters

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Cruz manages a program that provides security deposits to eligible tenants as a loan that is returned to the City when the tenant moves out. You must be a low-income household and not have received this assistance in the past where the loan was not returned to the City. Please visit the Housing Authority Security Deposit webpage for more information. 

Mortgage Assistance

The California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) manages a program which provides tax credits to eligible homebuyers which reduces the amount of federal income tax paid. This results in a homebuyer having more income available to qualify and pay for a mortgage. Please visit the Cal HFA Loan Programs webpage for more information.


Housing Complaints

The City does not provide counseling nor does it intervene in tenant/landlord disputes, unless there are building or zoning code violations in the rental unit. To report a code violation please call the City of Santa Cruz Code Compliance Division at 831-420-5100. For more information or to download a complaint form, please visit the Code Compliance Division webpage.

Tenant/Landlord Disputes

As noted above, the City does not intervene in tenant/landlord disputes. For unresolved disputes, tenants should seek legal advice or assistance. Low income tenants may qualify for legal help. For more information please visit the California Rural Legal Assistance webpage. Another resource is the California Tenants - A Guide to Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities Manual.


The City does not provide direct assistance to homeless individuals or households, but helps to support a network of services that do. For those experiencing homelessness, please visit the Homeless Services Center website or call them at 831-458-6020.

For additional information please contact the Housing and Community Development Division by email or telephone at the numbers shown below:

Measure O/Inclusionary Housing
Affordable Housing Trust Fund
Redevelopment Affordable Housing Program
Affordable Housing List (AB987)
Mortgage Credit Certificate Program
Rent Subsidy and Security Deposit Program
Security Deposit Interest Rate For Residential Properties
Rental Housing with Affordability Restrictions
Unified Housing Rehabilitation Program

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