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: This waiting list is only open and available to households who meet at least one of the following preferences: Natural disaster victims, individuals or families fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence situations, and Veterans.

For further definition of these preferences and 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: Currently this waiting list is only open and available to households who meet at least one of the following preferences: Natural disaster victims, individuals or families fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence situations, and Veterans.

For further definition of these preferences and 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
  • were recently homeless or have a high risk of housing instability.

How to Apply: Mendocino County homeless service providers are responsible to determine if the household meets one of the four eligibility categories above. If so, the homeless service provider may submit a referral directly to the Community Development Commission. Once the referral is received the household will be placed on the waiting list.

If you believe you meet an eligibility category listed above, contact one of the homeless service providers listed below to obtain a referral for an Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV).

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 Resources

Resource Links
Adult & Aging Services: Link
Adult Protective Services (APS): Link
Building Bridges- Homeless Resource Center, B2 Day Center and B2 Inland Winter Shelter: Link
Community Foundation of Mendocino County: Link
Covid 19 Resources (Legal Services): Link
Disability Services & Legal Center (Ukiah): Link
Employment Development Department (EDD): Link
Ford Street Project (Ukiah) Substance Abuse Treatment: Link
Ford Street Community Food Bank: Link
Harrah’s Senior Center and Thrift Store (Willits): Link
Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Fact Sheet: Link
HUD- US Department of Housing and Urban Development: Link
Lake County Housing Authority: Link
Legal Services of Northern California (Legal Aid): Link
Manzanita Services, Inc.: Link
Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center Hospitality Clinic: Link
Mendocino Coast Hospitality Center Hospitality Clinic (Coastal Winter Shelter): Link
Mendocino County Social Services: Link
Mendocino County Planning and Building Services: Link
MCHC (Laws Clinic): Link
National Alliance on Mental Illness- Mendocino County (NAMI): Link
North Coast Opportunities (NCO): Link
Northern Circle Indian Housing: Link
Plowshares: Link
Project Sanctuary: Link
Redwood Coast Seniors, Inc. (Fort Bragg): Link
Rural Communities Housing Development Corp. (RCHDC): Link
Redwood Community Services (RCS): Link
Resources for Renters, Landlords and Homeowners: Link
Senior Resource Directory (Lake & Mendocino): Link
Street Medicine: Link
Suicide Prevention Lifeline.org: Link
Ukiah Senior Center: Link
US Department of Veterans Affairs: Link

FAIR HOUSING INFORMATION:

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing: Link
California Department of Consumer Affairs: Link
US Department of Housing and Urban Development: Link

HOUSING DISCRIMINATION:

Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your civil rights have been violated, you can file your fair housing complaint online by visiting the HUD Housing Discrimination Complaint page

VAWA: Please be informed that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law that provides legal protections to individuals, male or female, who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. If you believe that VAWA protections apply to your household, you must complete the Certification of Domestic Violence, Dating Violence or Stalking, HUD form 5382, or submit other documentation as noted on the certification form to the Housing Authority and/or your landlord.

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.