Summer Fun Packet!

Westside Family Resource & Empowerment Center

presents their:

Summer Fun Packet

CLICK HERE to find fun activities for this summer! The packet includes information about: summer camps, recreational organizations, ideas, tips and contact information!


New California Section 8 Wait List Openings

City of Fresno Housing Authority

The Fresno Housing Authority (FHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon, from May 1, 2018 at 10:00 am, until May 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm PT. After the waiting list closes, it will remain open on a limited basis only for households who qualify for the listed preferences, until further notice.

Learn How To Apply Here Before Time Runs Out.

There are 5,532 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 434,980 affordable apartments for rent in California.

>> Search For Affordable Apartments In California Here.

Looking to apply to a waiting list, or just have questions about an affordable housing program? We’ve created a detailed guide to help you better understand affordable housing.

>> Read our Low Income Housing Guide For Renters Here.

City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority

The City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening  from May 1, 2018, until May 31, 2018.

No open time has been confirmed.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the application that will be available on the CSRHA website.
  2. Pick up an application at the Central, Rincon Valley, or Northwest at Coddingtown Santa Rosa Public Library branch location.

Once the application has been completed, it must be postmarked and mailed to the CSRHA at 90 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 no later than May 31, 2018.


This waiting list has the following preference: Terminated from Housing Choice Voucher program due to lack of funding.

For more information, please click on the link below:


Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara

The Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara (HACSB) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon, from May 7, 2018 at 8:00 am, until May 29, 2018 at 2:00 pm PT.

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Complete the online application that will be available on the HACSB website.
  2. Call the HACSB at (805) 736-3423, Ext. 7525 to request a paper application.
  3. Pick up a paper application at one of the following locations during the opening period, Monday-Thursday, during normal business hours:
  • Administrative Office, located at 815 West Ocean Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436.
  • Lompoc Housing Office, located at 817 West Ocean Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436.
  • Santa Maria Office, located at 200 West Williams, Santa Maria, CA 93454.
  • Goleta Housing Office, located at 5575 Armitos Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to one of the locations above before the closing period.

If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a computer at a local library, or one at the locations listed at the bottom of this page. If there are any difficulties in submitting the online application, contact the housing authority.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Terminated from HCV program due to lack of funding; live, work, or hired to work in Santa Barbara County; involuntarily displaced by government action or natural disaster; HACSB tenants who require a unit transfer for health and safety reasons; households within 24 months of exhausting HOME rental assistance; veteran or spouse/widow of veteran.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, after sorting preferences.

For more information, read the HACSB public notice, visit the HACSB website, or call the office at (805) 736-3423.

NEW WRC YouTube Channel!

It is Westside Regional Center’s (WRC) mission to empower people with developmental disabilities and their families to choose and access community services that facilitate a quality of life comparable to persons without disabilities.

Through the DDS Disparity Funds Program, WRC was able to produce  videos to provide consumers, families, and communities with equitable access to information on regional center services, supports, and resources.

Visit the WRC YouTube Channel and watch the latest videos by clicking here!

No Solo Una Reunión: Comprender el Plan de Programa Individual (IPP)

Este es un video informativo escrito por los autodefensores del Centro Regional de Westside que habla sobre: qué es un IPP; por qué el IPP es importante; cuándo y dónde se llevan a cabo las reuniones del IPP; a quién deberían invitar; cómo prepararse para la reunión del IPP; qué preguntas se hacen; y cómo obtener los servicios y apoyos que necesitan. El video está destinado a ayudar a las personas a ser autodefensores y Levantar la Voz!

Esta película fue posible gracias al Programa de Fondos de Disparidad del Departamento de Servicios del Desarrollo (DDS).

Para más videos, ¡haga clic aquí para visitar nuestro nuevo canal de YouTube de WRC!

Not Just a Meeting: Understanding the IPP

This is an informational video written by Westside Regional Center advocates that talks about: what an IPP is; why the IPP is important; when and where IPP meetings take place; who they should invite; how to prepare for the IPP meeting; what questions are asked; and how to get the services and supports they need. The video is intended to help individuals become self advocates and SPEAK UP!

This film was made possible by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Disparity Funds Program.

For more videos, click here to visit our new WRC YouTube Channel!