shutterstock_11336392In 1967, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors established the Santa Clara County Housing Authority (SCCHA) as an independent local government agency to administer the federal rental assistance programs authorized by the United States Housing Act of 1937. Since 1976, SCCHA has operated the federal rental assistance programs of the County of Santa Clara and the City of San José as one program. In 2008, Congress designated SCCHA a Moving to Work (MTW) demonstration agency.

Our agency assists about 17,000 households through the federal rental housing assistance (Housing Choice Voucher, also known as Section 8) program. We also develop, control and manage affordable rental housing properties. The majority of our program funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Our programs and properties are targeted to assist low, very low and extremely low-income households. The vast majority—more than 80%—of our client households are extremely low-income families, seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities and the formerly homeless. Working together with landlords, housing developers, charities and local governments, we strive to provide housing and support services to as many eligible families as possible.

In all our operations, SCCHA works toward being a model for the innovative use of federal funds in the Section 8 program and in leveraging funds and community partnerships to develop new affordable housing and to preserve existing affordable housing. Some of our achievements include:

  • Leading national efforts to make housing assistance more cost-effective since 2008, by eliminating unnecessary documentation and procedures, thereby reducing the cost to administer the program and the burden on voucher holders.

  • Revisions to the level of rent subsidy that allowed SCCHA to maintain assistance to all voucher holders despite a 2013 federal funding decrease that would otherwise have required the termination of almost 1,000 families from the program.

  • Pioneering use of the federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to develop more than 2,000 units of affordable housing (recognized by numerous awards); maximizing local use of federal dollars and consistently being considered a “high performer” that exceeds standards for quality in Section 8 voucher program administration.

  • Being the first housing authority in the nation to earn a "Strong" ranking by Standard & Poor's.

We look forward to working with you.