SCCHA Applicant Portal (Online Interest Lists)

Join our interest lists to let us know you're looking for Section 8 rental assistance.

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The Online Interest Lists Process

To improve your access to housing opportunities, our new online interest lists are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Joining our interest lists tells us you would like to receive rental assistance in Santa Clara County through the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8).


Sign Up

Go online with your computer or mobile phone to sign up. Takes about 3 minutes.

Learn How to Register Online

Stay Updated

Log in and update your information as needed. Logging in at least once a year tells us you are still interested in receiving a Housing Choice Voucher.


Get Selected

If rental assistance is available, applicants will be chosen randomly and added to the waiting list. Not everyone is guaranteed housing.


We’ll Contact You

If selected for the waiting list, SCCHA will contact you to determine your eligibility for a Housing Choice Voucher.


After Your Eligibility is Determined

Applicants who receive a Housing Choice Voucher may click here to view a briefing video on how the program works.

General Eligibility Requirements

You do not have to be a resident of Santa Clara County to apply, although preference will be given to those who have lived or worked in the county within the last five years.

You must be 18+.
You must be legally documented in the U.S.
Anyone can be considered part of your household. You do not have to be related.
You must meet the income eligibility requirements. Please see the table below.

Income Eligibility Requirements

In order for a family to be eligible for federal housing assistance in the Santa Clara County, the total household income must not exceed these established yearly income limits as listed on the table.

Household Size
Annual Income Limit
1 person $64,550
2 persons $73,750
3 persons $82,950
4 persons $92,150
5 persons $99,550
6 persons $106,900
7 persons $114,300
8 persons $121,650
9 persons $129,050
10 persons $136,400
11 persons $143,800
12 persons $151,150
Income Limits effective as of April 1, 2024

Benefits of Joining the Online Interest Lists

No office visits required — join online with a computer or mobile device
Choose to live anywhere in Santa Clara County or at specific rental properties
Receive email or text message updates on your status
Random selection when vouchers become available gives a fair chance to all

How to Register Online

Step 1

Create a secure user ID and password for the Applicant Portal. The email you give us is the email we will use to send updates.

Step 2

Enter the date of birth and Social Security Number for the head of household. This person will be responsible for the voucher.

Step 3

Provide names and birth dates for everyone who will live with you in the household.

How to Remain Active on the Interest Lists

To stay active, you need to log into the Applicant Portal at least once a year. You can reactivate or edit your information any time.