HASLO offers two basic OPTIONs for housing:
Affordable housing: rents are affordable but not "low-income;" and
Assisted housing: participants generally pay 30% of their income toward rent
NOTE: HASLO does not provide emergency housing.
San Luis Obispo Nonprofit Housing (SLONP): The San Luis Obispo Nonprofit Housing Corporation has developed projects throughout SLO County utilizing private, local, and state financing such as low income housing tax credits (LIHTCs), Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds. All of the SLONP units are managed and maintained by HASLO. These units are considered affordable, but not “low income,” and rents vary from $700–$1,400/month based on unit and family size. Applicants must meet program eligibility requirements and go through a screening process to ensure that they can afford the rent, as well as meet income limit guidelines, and have a good rental history.
You may complete an application and indicate which properties you would like to be considered for. If your application is accepted, and the property you want does not have an opening, you will be put on the wait list. Most wait lists, especially for one-bedroom apartments, are years long.
- Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8): The Housing Choice Voucher Program, commonly referred to as Section 8, is a federally funded program administered through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This program allows the Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) to subsidize the rent for over 2,200 households in San Luis Obispo County monthly. This program helps people rent from property owners on the private market. Rent is based on household income. Households must meet program eligibility requirements.
The Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) interest list is currently closed. The interest list will open again only after the previous year's list is exhausted, and dependent on funding from HUD.
- Project Based Vouchers (PBV): The PBV program is a component of the Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) program and some of the regulatory requirements of the Section 8 program also apply to the PBV program. PBVs are attached to a specific apartment in a complex, unlike a tenant-based Housing Choice Voucher in which the holder can use their voucher in any apartment that accepts Section 8. HASLO administers the PBV program in the County, even at properties that HASLO does not own or manage. When there is a vacancy of a PBV unit at a complex, HASLO oversees the application process in establishing a wait list.
HASLO is not accepting applications for the PBV program at this time.
- Public Housing (Conventional Housing) Program & RAD: The Public Housing (Conventional Housing) Program consists of 168 apartments within the City of San Luis Obispo that HASLO owns and operates. All apartment complexes are small oriented complexes with sizes ranging from three apartments to twenty apartments scattered throughout the city. HUD is offering a new program to housing authorities to assist them in financing rehabilitation for their public housing complexes. RAD (Rental Assistance Demonstration) allows housing authorities to convert a public housing property’s HUD funding to Section 8 project-based vouchers (PBV). This shift will make it easier for housing authorities to borrow money and use low income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) as well as other forms of financing. These private sources of additional money will enable housing authorities to make improvements essential for preserving public housing.
The wait lists for all of HASLO's public housing, except four-bedroom apartments, are closed.
- HUD–VASH Program: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development–Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) combines Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA must refer homeless veterans to HASLO to be assisted under this program.
If you are interested in learning more about the housing offered by HASLO, a "Housing 101" course is offered periodically for anyone hoping to understand the application process and regulations associated with the various housing options. The next "Housing 101" course is scheduled for June 27, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. at the Department of Social Services, 3433 S. Higuera Street, Room 101, San Luis Obispo. Click here for further information about how to register for the free course.