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City of San Juan Capistrano Housing

The City of San Juan Capistrano has several programs for lower income households looking for affordable housing assistance. Below is the contact information, applications or links.

  • Affordable Housing Units In San Juan Capistrano
    • Seasons Senior Apartments (150-unit facility for seniors 55+)
      31641 Rancho Viejo Road
      San Juan Capistrano, CA 926753
    • Villa Paloma Senior Apartments (84-unit facility for seniors 55+)
      27221 Paseo Espada
      San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
      San Juan Capistrano Facility 949- 443-9237
    • Casa de Amma (10-Units within Assisted Living Facility)
      27231 Calle Arroyo
      San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    • Little Hollywood (24-Unit neighborhood)
      Contact Housing at City Hall for Applications and Questions
      32400 Paseo Adelanto
      San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
    • The Groves (75-unit facility for seniors 62+)
      Coming Winter 2020-Active Waiting List
      30333 Camino Capistrano
      San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
      714-289-7600 or
  • Little Hollywood Program-City owned units rented to lower income households.
  • Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Loan Program- 0% interest loans for lower income households to make necessary home improvements.
  • Mobile Home Park Space Rent Increases- Although not specifically affordable housing, the City’s Rent Control does limit the annual space rent increases to the prior year’s CPI-U. The CPI-U for 2021 was 3.8% to be applied to space rent increases from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.
  • Habitat for Humanity- Habitat for Humanity and the City developed 27 affordable ownership units in San Juan Capistrano. The units were immediately filled upon their completion; however, contact Habitat for Humanity to inquire about any future opportunities or available units located in other cities. (714) 434-6200
  • First Time Home Buyers Program-
    •  Several groups/jurisdictions offer first time home buyer assistance. Feel free to review the list of programs here.

County of Orange Section 8 Program

Orange County Housing Authority (OCHA) is a Division within Orange County Community Services that administers federally funded programs to provide monthly rental assistance to qualified tenants in privately owned rental housing. The largest such program is referred to as the Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as the "Section 8".

Section 8 Voucher assistance allows very low-income family, senior, disabled person, or individual to pay approximately 30% of their monthly income towards rent. The remaining rental amount is paid by OCHA directly to the property owner or manager. Applicants must earn below 50% of the County’s median income. OCHA serves most Orange County cities including San Jaun Capistrano.

For additional details about the County's Section 8 housing voucher program, please contact OCHA offices at 714-480-2740.

State Housing Requirements

California Law identifies housing for all Californians as a priority and states that local and state governments have a responsibility to facilitate the development of housing for all economic segments of the community. Government Code Sections 65580 to 65589.8 provides specific guidelines to fulfill the California Law. Local government's Housing Elements are prepared to display compliance with this state legislation. The Housing Elements are reviewed regularly by state officials to ensure local government compliance.

In the event a City does not comply with State Law the Attorney General would have jurisdiction to take the City to court and seek a court order for compliance. A court may require a local jurisdiction that fails to update its housing element to do one or more, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Suspend the issuance of building permits; or,
  2. Suspend authority to grant zoning changes or variances; or,
  3. Suspend authority to approve subdivision maps; or,
  4. Mandate approval of certain housing developments, i.e. affordable housing until compliance is achieved; and,
  5. Mandates compliance within state law within 120 days.

For information on the City's housing programs, please contact Laura Stokes, Housing Coordinator, at (949) 443-6313. 

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