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What is HUD?

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a U.S. government agency created in 1965 as part of President Johnson's Great Society agenda to expand America's welfare state. Its primary mission is improving affordable homeownership opportunities in order to support the housing market and homeownership in inner-city areas.

The HUD's programs are geared toward increasing safe and affordable rental options, reducing chronic homelessness, fighting housing discrimination by ensuring equal opportunity in the rental and purchase markets, and supporting vulnerable populations.



What is the difference between Public Housing and Section 8?

This Housing Authority (PHA) administers 2 (two) programs. The Housing Developments owned, managed and maintained by the PHA are referred to as Conventional Housing, or Low Rent Public Housing. There are 572 Conventional units in the City of Ventura, ranging in size from 0 bedrooms to 4 bedrooms. The established rent is approximately 30% of residents adjusted income. Site specific applications are not accepted.

The Section 8 Housing Voucher Program is a rental subsidy program administered by this agency. Qualified families in this program are selected from the waiting list, certified, briefed on the requirements of the program and allowed to locate their own decent safe and sanitary housing. Rents are controlled by Fair Market Rents as established by HUD. The tenant’s portion of the rent payable to the owner is based on 30% of the family’s adjusted gross income. The Housing Authority subsidizes the difference between the tenant’s portion and the actual rent. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex or handicap.



How do I apply for housing?

You can apply for housing by going to the following page: Apply for Housing. Please note all waitlists are closed except for Public Housing, Encanto Del Mar and Rancho Verde.



How long is the waitlist?

The average wait time is 8-10 years. Please note all waitlists are closed except for Public Housing, Encanto Del Mar and Rancho Verde.




How do I conduct business with the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura?

Please use the following page to see RFP's/RFQ's/Bids:  Business Opportunities


Does the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura offer Emergency Housing Assistance?

No.