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Section 8 Waiting List

Sonoma County Housing Authority
1440 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-4107

To apply for the Sonoma County Housing Authority´s Waiting List, new applicants must use a computer that has internet access to complete a Preliminary Application. Effective July 1, 2012, paper Waiting List Questionnaires are no longer accepted.

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When completing the Preliminary Application, be sure to enter all information requested in regard to your living situation, household composition, income, and any preferences for which you qualify. If any information is left blank or the information has been entered incorrectly, you will receive an error message.

Once your information has been successfully submitted to the website, you will create WaitListCheck Password. Please record your WaitListCheck Password in a safe place. You will be unable to access your information on the website without that password.

Within 7-10 days after submission of the Preliminary Application, the Housing Authority will send you a letter, confirming that you have been added to the waiting list.


All applicants will be contacted in accordance with the preference system, which is set by the Housing Authority in compliance with Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations.  The Sonoma County Housing Authority uses the following Local Preference system:

  • Veteran preference: Veterans or surviving spouses of veterans.
  • Residents and those who are working in the jurisdiction of the Sonoma County Housing Authority.
  • Persons with disabilities, seniors, and families with minor children.
  • Date and time of receipt of a completed questionnaire.

When your name is reached on the waiting list and you are issued a Section 8 Voucher, you will be required to reside in the jurisdiction of the Sonoma County Housing Authority for one year before transferring to another Housing Authority.

Once you are on the Waiting List, it is important to notify the Housing Authority in writing when your mailing address changes. If mail that has been sent to you is returned to the Housing Authority by the Post Office, your name will be removed from the Waiting List. All notifications of address changes must be on the Section 8 Waiting List Update Form. When the change has been made, the Housing Authority will send you a confirmation letter stating that the change was made.

The Housing Authority is unable to estimate how long you will have to wait for assistance due to the length of the Waiting List and the slow turnover in the housing assistance programs.

When your name reaches the top of the Waiting List you will be asked to submit necessary documentation to determine your eligibility for assistance. After all paperwork is received and you are determined eligible, you will be asked to attend a program briefing. At the briefing you will be issued a Housing Choice Voucher and you will be able to start your search for housing.

To sign up for the waiting list visit the Sonoma County Housing Authority Online Wait List Application at

To check your status on the Sonoma County Housing Authority Wait List visit

Waiting List Update Form PDF Icon (PDF: 109kb)
Use this form to notify the Housing Authority of any change in your circumstances like a change of address or change in family makeup while you are on the waiting list.

Forma de actualización de la Lista de Espera de la Sección 8 PDF Icon (PDF: 105kb)
Utilice esta forma para notificar la Housing Authority de cualquier cambio en sus circunstancias como el cambio de dirección o cambio en la constitución de la familia mientras usted está en la lista de espera.

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