Section 8 Resident Advisory Board By the Santa Monica Housing Authority

The Santa Monica Housing Authority (SMHA) is expanding its Resident Advisory Board to include all Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participants, also known as Section 8 tenants. As a current HCV tenant, you are now a member of SMHA’s Resident Advisory Board (RAB).

What does this mean for you?

This is a voluntary opportunity to provide direct feedback on policies implemented by the SMHA regarding the HCV rental assistance program.


Every year, SMHA is required to submit an Annual Plan to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and every five years, SMHA must submit a 5-Year Plan. Together, these documents are known as the Public Housing Authority (PHA) Plan. The PHA Plan is a comprehensive guide to SMHA’s policies, programs, operations, and strategies for administering the HCV program and meeting local housing needs and goals.

As part of the PHA Plan process, SMHA has a Resident Advisory Board (RAB) that reflects and represents the tenants assisted by SMHA. The RAB’s role is to provide input on the PHA Plan and SMHA’s Administrative Plan, which details the rules and regulations that govern SMHA’s operations. The current RAB provided input on the 5-Year and Annual Plans that were submitted to HUD in 2020.

How You Can Participate

SMHA’s next Annual Plan is due in April 2021, and SMHA is expanding the RAB membership to include all active HCV tenants. Welcome to the RAB!

If you’d like to participate in the PHA Plan Process, please review the draft Annual Plan and proposed policy revisions redlined in Chapters 4, 19 and 20 of the Administrative Plan that are currently posted for public comment. A summary of the proposed changes is also posted. Please provide your input by April 19, 2021.

Both plans are available to view online here: For reasonable accommodation for viewing the changes to the plans, please leave a message at 310-458-8743.

Please email your written comments to:

Or mail them to:

City of Santa Monica


1685 Main St., Mail Stop #19

Santa Monica, CA 90401

The City Council/Housing Authority Board of the City of Santa Monica will hold a public hearing on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. via teleconference regarding SMHA’s Annual Plan and Administrative Plan.


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