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Street Address:
487 Leff Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4347

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1289
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

Phone: (805) 543-4478
Fax: (805) 543-4992
Maintenance Fax: (805) 541-2973
Housing Mgmt Fax: (805) 595-1372

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San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-4347


The Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) has a mission to assist the counties lower income citizens secure and maintain long-term housing. It is a mission the Housing Authority takes very seriously and executes  creatively and diligently.


Housing Options


HASLO offers several housing options.  Often these have waiting lists, due to the extreme need for affordable housing in San Luis Obispo County.  A property Wait List may be either "open" and accepting new applications, or temporarily "closed" due to the length of the wait.

two types of Affordable Housing

Unfortunately affordable housing can be somewhat complicated.  To simplify it, we have broken your housing options through HASLO into two categories: 1) Fixed Rent Affordable Apartments, and 2) Subsidized Apartments.

1. Fixed Rent Affordable apartments

Fixed rent affordable apartments are either owned by HASLO, or managed by HASLO and owned by one of our affiliate private non-profit organizations of partnerships.  Rents at these apartments are affordable and can be 50% below what market apartments rent for in the community.  By Fixed Rent, we mean that "the rent is the rent".  It is constant, regardless of fluctuations in your income.  Applicants for these affordable apartments must be able to afford the fixed 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 you appear to meet eligibility requirements for the property and the property does not have an opening, you will be put on the wait list, provided that the wait list is not temporarily closed.  

2. Subsidized affordable apartments:

Subsidized apartments or housing means that you receive a monthly subsidy that assists you with the payment of the rent.  This monthly subsidy is paid directly to the landlord.  In a subsidized apartment you typically pay 30% of your actual income toward the rent. The subsidy pays the balance.  For example, if an apartment rents for $1,200 and your monthly income is $2,000, you pay $600 toward the rent (30% of your income) and the subsidy pays $600, for a total of $1,200.  If your income goes up due to a promotion, your share of the total rent increases, still using the same formula of 30% of income for your contribution.  If your income goes down due to a job loss, reduction in hours or other reasons, your share of the rent goes down, using the same formula.

There are two general types of subsidized affordable housing:

2A) Project Based Subsidized Apartments

Project Based Subsidized Apartments mean that the subsidies have been awarded to a specific apartment at a specific property.  To receive the benefit of that subsidized rent, you must live in that specific apartment at that specific property.

2B) Housing Choice Vouchers (i.e. Tenant Based Section 8)

Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV's) are attached to the client/tenant, unlike Project Based Subsidies, which are attached to a specific property.  An HCV holder determines what apartment, neighborhood and community they wish to reside in.  And if they later move, they are eligible take their housing subsidy with them to use at a new location.  It is the HCV holder's responsibility to locate and apply for their apartment, and to be accepted by the landlord or management company.  The majority of Housing Choice Vouchers are placed at apartments that are privately owned/managed.   

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.

The wait lists for all of HASLO's public housing 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.


Wondering about the status of your application at a HASLO or HASLO managed property?

list of affordable apartments in san luis obispo county

There are many affordable housing complexes located throughout San Luis Obispo County.  Some of these are affiliated with HASLO, and some are not.  For your convenience with have included a link with property names, locations and contact information.  Click the link below to view:

Other housing programs and services through different San Luis Obispo agencies are: