The city provides affordable housing for those who qualify as very low, low, moderate and upper income. Find out if you qualify.
Affordable rental housing
The city has 21 apartment complexes that offer affordable units to those who qualify. Each complex manages its own application process and waiting list. Find these complexes and get information about how to be considered to rent a unit on this online map.
The city provides vouchers to help low income residents pay rent through a program called "Section 8," named after the federal housing law that provides funding to cities for this program. Unfortunately, this program is full, and the waiting list is closed.
The city requires housing developers to set aside 15% of their units as affordable or pay into a fund the city uses to develop affordable housing. Buyers must be from low-income households and be able to show that they will not be paying more than 35% of their income on housing costs for their new home. There are currently no new units for sale.
If you or someone you know is in need of immediate housing, please contact a member of the city's Homeless Outreach Team, who can assist with referrals to temporary shelters and other social services. The city has a Homeless Response Plan that provides resources, social workers and other support for those experiencing homelessness in our community.
The City of Carlsbad has several programs designed to increase affordable housing opportunities for lower income households. The signature program is Carlsbad's mandatory inclusionary housing program. This program requires housing developers to provide 15% of their total units as affordable to low income households. Since this requirement was set forth by ordinance in 1993, the city has experienced the successful construction of over 2,000 units of housing affordable to low, very low and extremely low income households. Read more about this law in the City of Carlsbad Municipal Code section 21.85.