Affordable Housing and Rent Subsidy Programs

Important Information for Santa Monica Residents and Santa Monica Workers Regarding New Opportunities to Apply for Affordable Housing and for Rent Subsidy Programs

Beginning on May 1st, at 8:00 a.m., the City will accept online applications from Santa Monica residents and from Santa Monica workers for (1) the City’s below market-rate housing program (that is, for affordable apartments that are funded in part by the City or are created pursuant to the City’s inclusionary zoning requirements for market-rate development projects), and (2) for the federally funded Section 8 rent subsidy program. Applications will be available in English and in Spanish at www.santamonica.gov/housing.

Also the City right now is continuing to accept new registrations for the Preserve Our Diversity (POD) locally funded rent subsidy program for seniors at www.santamonica.gov/pod or by phone at 310-458-8743.

Please read on for more details about each of these programs. SMRR encourages all who live or work in the City to explore their eligibility for these programs if they do not already have stable and affordable housing in the City.


Below Market-Rate Housing Program and Section 8 Program

According to the City:

This is an opportunity for Santa Monica residents and workers at varying income levels – from extremely low income to incomes as high as $94,700 for single households and higher for bigger families. You do not have to be experiencing a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 to apply, but the City’s Housing Division recognizes that this comes at a particularly important moment as more and more people are vulnerable to economic hardship.

The City’s Housing Division is available to help walk applicants through the process, particularly those who require reasonable accommodation or language assistance. To get support, leave a message at (310) 458-2232 after the applications open May 1st. If you know someone who could take advantage of the program, but does not have access to a computer, the City encourages you to help by providing support to them on the phone or in other ways that enable physical distancing. For more information or an application visit: www.santamonica.gov/housing.


Preserve Our Diversity (POD) Program

The City continues to accept new registrations for the Preserving Our Diversity (“POD”) locally funded rent subsidy program for seniors. You may qualify for the POD program if:
– You are at least 65 years of age; and
– You moved into your current Santa Monica rent-controlled apartment before January 1st, 2000; and
– Your household income is less than $36,550 a year if you live alone or less than $41,800 a year if you live with someone else.

Seniors interested in the program must first register online at www.santamonica.gov/pod, or by phone at 310-458-8743 (Monday – Thursday: 9am – 4pm). Please note: registering is not the same as applying. After registering, only those who meet the criteria listed above will receive an application from the City. All applications submitted to the City will be placed on a waitlist. Applicants will then be selected by lotteries. More information about the POD program is available at www.santamonica.gov/pod.

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