FAQ Topic: Affordable Housging

How do I find out if there are any affordable housing vacancies in city limits?

Each affordable housing property manages availability and placement for its units. You can contact the properties directly to inquire about availability, see the Affordable Housing Directory for contact information. In addition, you can subscribe to receive automatic email notifications when the City is notified of an available unit.    

How do I apply for affordable housing?

Refer to the County’s Affordable Housing Directory List to locate Affordable Housing Properties – please note that listings for ‘Sonoma’ include housing both within Sonoma City limits and also in unincorporated Sonoma County near the City of Sonoma. Contact the affordable housing properties directly to ask about availability, eligibility, and the application process. Get and … Continued

Why are we building new houses if we’re in a drought?

The population of California (like the rest of the world) is growing. In order to ensure there is enough housing for everyone to live affordably, the State of California determines projected population numbers then estimates how many housing units must be created to meet the housing demand. The State then calls upon cities to help, … Continued

Who qualifies for affordable housing?

Affordable housing units have different eligibility requirements based on income and, in some cases, age. The income categories are approximate as follows, subject to variations in household size and other factors: Acutely low income: 15% of Area Median Income (AMI) Extremely low income:  30% of  AMI Very low income:  50% of AMI Median: 60% of … Continued

What is Affordable Housing?

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Affordable housing is generally defined as housing in which the occupant is paying no more than 30 percent of gross income for housing costs. For homeowners, this includes principal, interest, taxes, and insurance and for renters, it includes rent and utilities.

Are there affordable homes in the City of Sonoma?

Yes, there are almost 400 units of affordable housing within the City limits. Affordable homes are found in nearly all neighborhoods and come in all sizes. Some units are under the oversight of the City of Sonoma and some are being managed by Sonoma County.

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