maintaining an inclusive + diverse community.

In Santa Monica, we all belong. Yet rising rents and increased demand can make housing unaffordable, including those who have lived here for decades. By expanding the inventory of affordable housing for both low and moderate income households, providing greater incentives to landlords, and raising the local minimum wage, we are helping Santa Monica residents stay in their homes as integral members of our community.

 

what we are doing.

Santa Monica has been on the forefront of maintaining an inclusive and diverse community for decades, and we have the local community to thank. 

Most recently, in 2017, more than 60% of voters supported Measure GSH to increase the sales tax and bring in approximately $13-15 million annually to support more affordable housing.

We are expanding affordable housing options to support more people.

For decades, the City has been committed to working closely to not only invest directly in building more affordable housing, but also collaborate with private development to create a more consistent range of units affordable to all income levels through incentives and streamlining the process.

  • In Santa Monica—close to 46% of households are considered low- and moderate-income. Since 1994, 38% of any new housing must be affordable to low- and moderate-income households.
  • The Downtown Community Plan is focused on ensuring that all new housing projects in the Downtown area must allocate 20-30% to affordable housing.

Motivating landlords to rent to low- and moderate-income families is another critical part of the picture. Thankfully, the HOUSE program’s passage in 2016 opened up new ways to incentivize landlords and allow more people to find homes.

We are helping people avoid losing their homes.

The Rapid Rehousing program, in partnership with St. Joseph Center, can provide valuable move-in assistance and rental subsidies for individuals who are close to being self-sufficient but need a short-term boost.

The City is currently piloting a program called Preserving Our Diversity (POD) to provide “last resort” assistance for individuals who are struggling to pay rent and are confronted with possible displacement.

Santa Monica has dedicated staff who help with temporary relocations due to code violations or construction that make units temporarily uninhabitable. Let us know via our App, and we’ll route your question to the right person.

We are increasing minimum wage, while also helping small businesses grow to meet these higher standards.

The Minimum Wage Ordinance bolsters incomes across the city to help employees live without excessive financial burden.

We are protecting the wellbeing of all people by stepping in to enforce the law when needed.

The Consumer Protection Division educates and enforces the law as it relates to important issues surrounding tenant harassment, fair housing, consumer protection, and smoke-free laws.

  • If you are experiencing any of these issues, contact the Consumer Protection team or submit a complaint. While they don’t offer direct legal representation, they can point you in the right direction.

We are partnering with local nonprofits to meet all the needs of our community.

The Human Services Grants Program provides additional funding to nonprofits who are actively responding to local needs—especially within homelessness, older adults, and youth—and collaboratively working with their local Santa Monica community.

46%

of Santa Monica residences are low- and moderate-income households

 

20-30%

of new construction will be affordable in the downtown area

 

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what you can do.

connect to services.

If you are looking for affordable housing, there are a variety of options available to you.

  • Check out the Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher Program to understand what you qualify for, where to apply, and when.

  • If you work in Santa Monica, the Affordable Housing Production Program prioritizes those who work here in the city.

  • For a full list of privately-owned affordable housing options, check out this resource. If you’re interested in any, contact them directly to be placed on their waiting list.

 

If you’re a landlord, there are a number of programs and incentives available.

  • Start here. This is where all information for landlords can be found.

  • To understand what incentives are available, go here for a full breakdown.

  • If you need help in making improvements to your rental or home (like replacing or upgrading building components and permanent fixtures) check out the Residential Rehabilitation Program.

  • If you have a vacancy, list it here at no cost. And as part of the HOUSE Program, you might be eligible for a $5,000 bonus!

For a list of all relevant services, go to santamonica.gov/services

download the resources.