Affordable Housing Production Program Waiting List


The City of Santa Monica is currently accepting applications for MODERATE-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS ONLY to be considered for deed restricted apartments created by Santa Monica Municipal Code 9.64.  Applicants must:


  • Currently live in Santa Monica or
  • Work in Santa Monica at least 36 hours per week or
  • Participate in an approved job training program in Santa Monica or
  • Be persons who were immediately previously in the Santa Monica workforce but are now receiving unemployment, worker’s compensation, vocational rehabilitation benefits, disability benefits, or retirement benefits from Santa Monica.


To qualify for this program, household gross income must be within the following ranges based on household size:


1-person household: $40,020 - $81,500;

2-person household: $45,750 - $93,100;

3-person household: $51,450 - $104,800;

4-person household: $55,450 - $116,300;

5-person household: $61,740 - $125,600


Applications will continue to be accepted until the City has received enough applications to meet its referral requirements.  Applicants who need to request reasonable accommodation or language assistance in order to apply can call 310-458-2232.


The City of Santa Monica does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, marital status, familial status, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, ancestry, or sexual orientation in the access to, admission into, or employment in, housing programs or activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Affordable Housing Production Program (AHPP)?

The residents of Santa Monica passed Proposition R in 1990 mandating that at least 30 percent of new housing must be affordable. The AHPP provides the details to implement this law. Under this program all new multi-family housing developments in Santa Monica, including multifamily housing that is part of commercial or other developments, must contribute to the production of affordable housing, either by building affordable apartments on site, building affordable apartments off site, paying an affordable housing fee, or purchasing and contributing land to be used for affordable housing. 

Why is this list limited to moderate-income households?

The existing waiting list, which was open and closed on January 31, 2017, has a sufficient number of low-income and very-low income applicants to meet referral requirements for the AHPP.  Moderate-income households are needed to fill requests for applicants.

How is the waiting list sorted?

The waiting list is sorted so that first priority goes to Santa Monica households who are currently displaced from their homes due to a natural disaster that has damaged the building, a government ordered eviction, demolition of the building, owner/relative occupancy of your apartment, or eviction due to the Ellis Act or a Mobile Home closure.  Second priority is given to all other households who either live or work at least 36 hours a week in Santa Monica, including those in job training with a Santa Monica employer, or those who previously worked in Santa Monica who now receive retirement benefits, worker’s compensation, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, or vocational rehabilitation benefits.  The list is then sorted by the date and time that the application is submitted.

How is a person chosen from the waiting list?

When an owner of a building with affordable apartments has a vacancy, they request applicants from the City-administered waiting list.  Applicants are then chosen from the waiting list, documents are collected to verify their income, and if the applicant qualifies for the apartment, their information is sent to the property owner, who will then contact the applicant.

What documents will I need if I am chosen from the waiting list?

Applicants will need to submit tax forms, bank statements, paystubs, and documentation of any other income, assets, or benefits received by the household.  If they are chosen to lease the apartment, the household with be required to resubmit updated documentation every year to continue to qualify for the apartment.

How do I find an affordable apartment?

There are a few ways to find affordable apartments in Santa Monica.

  1. The City administered waiting list serves buildings that are deed restricted under the AHPP program and are required to take applicants from the list using the methods described above.
  2. There are also some deed restricted buildings that are not required to utilize the City administered waiting list. These apartments can be found in the vacancy listings on the internet or in the newspaper alongside market-rate listings. Affordable listings usually mention income restrictions.
  3. Several buildings and housing organizations that provide low- and moderate income housing throughout the City also have their own waiting lists. Many of those affordable opportunities are listed on the City of Santa Monica Housing Division website: CLICK ON THIS LINK.

How much rent is affordable rent?

The rent varies based on the affordability designation of the apartment. Affordable housing costs are calculated based on 30 percent of the designated income category for the apartment. Apartments affordable for very low-income households, for example, have a rent limit of around $900 for a one-bedroom apartment. Apartments that are meant to be affordable for moderate-income households have rent that can be twice that amount. See detailed maximum income and rent charts here.

Is there a list of vacancies for affordable apartments?

There is no consolidated list of vacancies for affordable apartments that are administered by the various buildings and organizations throughout the City. When City of Santa Monica Housing staff hears about a vacancy, it is for properties that are required to take applicants from the waiting list.  Housing Staff then provides a list of referrals from the City administered waiting list as soon as possible and that vacancy is filled.    

All information will be verified by collecting documentation directly from the source from which it originates. Failing to disclose, or providing false information, may be cause for criminal prosecution. (Section 1001 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code makes it a criminal offense to make willful false statements or misrepresentations to any Department or agency of the United States as to any matter within its jurisdiction.)