Rental Assistance Programs

The Community Development Commission (CDC) of Mendocino County offers a diverse variety of rental assistance programs enriching the lives of low-income individuals, families, the elderly, homeless, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

A rental subsidy is provided to eligible households allowing a more sustainable, self-sufficient, safe, and decent living environment for residents of Mendocino County. Participants pay a portion of the monthly rent dependent on the household’s income and the Community Development Commission provides a housing subsidy for the remaining portion of rent.

Our rental assistance programs consist of tenant-based vouchers and project-based vouchers.

Tenant Based Vouchers

Tenant based vouchers allow eligible households to locate their own housing in the private rental market. Once housing is found, approved and leased by the voucher holder, a monthly rental subsidy begins. Below is a list of our tenant-based voucher programs.

Housing Choice Vouchers

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is the Community Development Commissions largest rental assistance program. This program is available to eligible low-income individuals and families.

How to Apply: The Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, but may only be open to individuals and families who meet a specific preference. For additional instruction on how to apply, refer to the Housing Choice Voucher Pre-Application

HCV Resource Links:


Mainstream Vouchers

The Mainstream Voucher program is designed for eligible low-income individuals or families who include at least one household member who is non-elderly (age 18-61) and is a person with a disability.

How to Apply: The Mainstream Voucher waiting list is currently open, but may only be open to individuals and families who meet a specific preference. For additional instruction on how to apply, refer to the Housing Choice Voucher Pre-Application

Mainstream Voucher Resource Links:


Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing

The Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program is designed for homeless Veterans receiving case management and/or clinical services which are provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

How to Apply: Mendocino County’s local Veteran’s Clinic screens homeless Veterans for this program. Eligible homeless Veterans who agree to participate in case management will be referred by the VA Clinic directly to the Community Development Commission for final eligibility determination.

If you believe you qualify for this program, you may contact Mendocino County’s Ukiah VA Clinic at 630 Kings Court Ukiah, CA 95482 or call (707) 468-7700.

VASH Resource Links:


Emergency Housing Vouchers (EHV)

The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program is designed for eligible low-income individuals and families who meet one of the following eligibility categories:

  • homeless,
  • at-risk of homelessness,
  • fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, or
  • recently homeless individuals or households who have a high risk of housing instability.

This waiting list is only open to individuals and families who meet the definition of the recently homeless eligibility category.

Recently Homeless Definition: Individuals and families who have previously been classified as homeless by a homeless service provider, but;

  • Are not currently homeless as a result of homeless assistance (financial assistance or services), temporary rental assistance, or some type of other assistance, and
  • Where the homeless service provider determines the loss of such assistance would result in a return to homelessness, or the family having a high risk of housing instability.

How to Apply: Mendocino County homeless service providers are responsible to determine if the household meets the recently homeless definition identified above. If so, the homeless service provider may submit a referral directly to the Community Development Commission for the applicant to be placed on the EHV waiting list.

If you believe you may qualify for the recently homeless eligibility category listed above, contact one of the homeless service providers listed below to further inquire about the EHV referral process.

Homeless Service Providers:

Name Address City, State Phone Number
MCAVHN 148 Clara Ave. Ukiah, CA (707) 462-1932
RCS Building Bridges 1045 S. State St. Ukiah, CA (707) 234-3270
Manzanita Services 564 S. Dora St. Ukiah, CA (707) 463-0404
Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center 101 N. Franklin St. Fort Bragg, CA (707) 961-0172
Ford Street Project 139 Ford St. Ukiah, CA (707) 462-1934
Northern Circle Indian Housing 694 Pinoleville Dr. Ukiah, CA (707) 468-1336
Project Sanctuary 464 S. Dora St., Suite A1 Ukiah, CA (707) 462-9196

EHV Resource Links:


Family Unification Program

The Family Unification Program (FUP) is designed for eligible low-income families are who meet one of the following eligibility categories:

  • FUP - Family Vouchers are designated for families in which Mendocino County’s Public Child Welfare Agency has certified the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in either:
    1. The imminent placement of the family’s child, or children, in out-of-home care; or
    2. The delay of discharge of a child, or children, to the family from out-of-home care.
  • FUP - Youth Vouchers are designated for a youth in which Mendocino County’s Public Child Welfare Agency has certified to be at least 18 years old and not more than 24 years of age who:
    1. Left foster care at age 16 or older or will leave foster care within 90 days, and is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
    2. *FUP Youth Vouchers may only provide rental subsidy for a maximum of 36 months.

How to Apply: Mendocino County’s Child Welfare Agency (Mendocino County Health & Human Services Agency Family & Children’s Services) is responsible for determining if a household meets the criteria listed above. If determined eligible, the Public Child Welfare Agency will submit a referral directly to the Community Development Commission, and the household will be placed on the waiting list.

If you believe you may qualify for this program, contact Mendocino County Health & Human Services Agency Family & Children’s Services at 737 S. State Street Ukiah, CA or call (707) 463-7990 to further inquire.

FUP Resource Links:


Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)

The Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program is a collaborative program between the Community Development Commission and Mendocino County’s Homeless Service Providers. The program is designed to help homeless individuals with a disability and their families, giving preference to those who are chronically homeless and determined to be the most vulnerable and at-risk individuals in our community.

While receiving rental subsidy for the PSH program the participant will be required to receive and maintain monthly case management services from a participating Homeless Service Provider.

How to Apply: Mendocino County Homeless Service Providers are responsible for identifying a disability, and if the household meets the homeless or chronically homeless definition. If so, the applicant is then eligible to be placed on a list for the PSH program. The Community Development Commission will select applicants from the list, prioritizing chronically homeless Veterans, then chronically homeless individuals or families who have been determined the most vulnerable.

If you have a disability, are homeless and believe you may qualify for this program you may contact one of the Homeless Service Providers listed below for a PSH intake interview.

Homeless Service Providers

Name Address City, State Phone Number
MCAVHN 148 Clara Ave. Ukiah, CA (707) 462-1932
RCS Building Bridges 1045 S. State St. Ukiah, CA (707) 234-3270
Manzanita Services 564 S. Dora St. Ukiah, CA (707) 463-0404
Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center 101 N. Franklin St. Fort Bragg, CA (707) 961-0172
Ford Street Project 139 Ford St. Ukiah, CA (707) 462-1934
Northern Circle Indian Housing 694 Pinoleville Dr. Ukiah, CA (707) 468-1336
Project Sanctuary 464 S. Dora St., Suite A1 Ukiah, CA (707) 462-9196

Project Based Vouchers

The project-based voucher (PBV) rental assistance program is offered by the Community Development Commission for specific developments located within Mendocino County. A rental subsidy is attached to an identified unit and is provided to eligible low-income individuals and families when they lease a unit at the development. Below is a list of developments that offer project-based voucher rental assistance.

Additional information on our project-based voucher program can be found in the Project Based Voucher Administration Plan, Chapter 21

Sun House

10 one bedroom project based voucher units

Sun House Apartments are located in Ukiah, CA

How to Apply: Sun House project-based voucher units are designed for senior Veterans. Eligible households are identified by Mendocino County’s local VA. If a unit becomes available, the local VA will submit a referral directly to the Community Development Commission. Additional information may be obtained at the Ukiah VA Clinic at 630 Kings Court Ukiah, CA 95482 or you may call (707) 468-7700.


The Plateau

20 one and two bedroom permanent supportive project based voucher units

The Plateau is located in Fort Bragg, CA and is the most recent addition to CDC’s project-based voucher program. The Plateau is a complex consisting of 69 units with 20 of these units providing project-based voucher rental subsidy. These units are designated for eligible low-income individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

How to Apply: Applicants must be referred to CDC from a local Mendocino County Homeless Service Provider. At this time CDC is not accepting referrals for this development.


Orr Creek Commons

20 one and two bedroom project based voucher units

Orr Creek Commons is located in Ukiah, Ca.

The Orr Creek Commons development offers 20 project-based voucher units located within the development. The project-based voucher units were designed specifically for eligible low-income individuals and families who meet one of the preferences identified below.

How to Apply: The waiting list for this development is currently only open to and available for applicants who meet the Redwood Community Services Preference identified below.

REDWOOD COMMUNITY SERVICES (RCS) PREFERENCE: The waiting list is only open for households who meet this preference.

  1. Families who receive eligible services from RCS (contact for RCS listed below).
  2. If eligible, RCS will provide the applicant with a preference verification letter which must be attached to the application when submitted to CDC. The Orr Creek Commons Pre-Application can be found on our Forms page

If you receive services from Redwood Community Services and believe you may qualify for this preference you should contact Carmen Harris with RCS at (707) 472-2923 to further inquire.