Request Our Services
Who We Serve
Housing Choices assists people with developmental and other disabilities to find housing in the four-county region we serve--Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz.
To qualify for our services, you must be referred by your Regional Center. If you are not a client of a Regional Center, we are unable to provide services to you. However, you can search for housing using the following community resources:
211 Bay Area www.211bayarea.org
How to Request Services
The first step in the process to start our services is for the Regional Center Social Worker or Service Coordinator to send a completed interest form to Housing Choices. You can find the interest forms below in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
If you are in the middle of a housing emergency or have an immediate housing deadline, you should let your Service Coordinator know. In that case, the Service Coordinator will include additional information that lets Housing Choices know of the situation. When this happens, we will prioritize the request. All other referrals will be date-stamped and served in the order in which they were received.
If you are looking for housing in Monterey County or Santa Cruz County, you will be served by staff who work in Watsonville. For help finding housing in Monterey County or Santa Cruz County, the Regional Center should send the completed interest form to Jessica Maldonado, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or it can be faxed to 831-722-3956.
If you are looking for housing in Santa Clara County or Santa Benito County, you will be served by staff who work in San Jose. For help finding housing in Santa Clara County or San Benito County, the Regional Center should send the completed interest form to Dennise Jauregui, Program Director, at email@example.com, or it can be faxed to 408-429-5242.
What To Expect After a Referral Has Been Made
Once Housing Choices has received the completed interest form, we will check our database to see if there is a history of prior work. We will also contact the primary contact identified on the interest form to learn more about the context of the request. After getting some basic information, we will ask for the Regional Center to issue a Purchase of Service (POS) authorization so that we can start work with you. We are unable to start services until the Regional Center has sent Housing Choices a POS authorization.
After receiving the POS authorization, Housing Choices will schedule an initial intake meeting to help identify your housing needs and goals. Housing Choices then will prepare an individualized housing plan and identify housing choices of the household, taking into account their preferences, income constraints, geographic needs, household size, and housing history. We will work with you to submit completed housing applications for the properties you are interested in. Housing Choices also works with you so you are prepared for the longer term process of being called for housing interviews or being called from a wait list for an affordable housing rental. If you have a Housing Choice Voucher, we will also help you demonstrate your efforts to apply for housing within the available time.