The Rental Assistance Program (RAP)


The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) is an eviction prevention program.



The Rental Assistance Program operates the following services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless:

Rental/Mortgage Assistance

Rental/Mortgage Assistance, 831.763.2147 ext. 210 

Intake is done at both the Santa Cruz office and the Watsonville office.

A person who is eligible:

  1. must be a resident of Santa Cruz County
  2. must have proof that aid will prevent eviction;
  3. must provide an eviction notice from their landlord or a foreclosure notice from their bank or lending institution, if the client is a homeowner;
  4. must have no other resources available;
  5. income must not exceed 130% of Poverty Guidelines for households in Scotts Valley, and Watsonville. For households in the Unincorporated areas of the county, and the City of Santa Cruz, the income limit is 200% of Poverty Guidelines as defined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
  6. must be disabled single, elderly, or a household with children.

Rent/Mortgage Assistance Application Forms:

The rent/mortgage assistance program serves low income households with children or households without children if one of the people is temporarily or permanently disabled and cannot work or is 60 years of age or older. The purpose of the program is to prevent eviction or foreclosure; it is not to help move into a new home (for assistance with a deposit to move into a new home call the Housing Authority of Santa Cruz County at: 831-454-9455). At this time the program has funding for all areas of Santa Cruz County except for households in the cities of Watsonville and Scotts Valley.

To apply for rent/mortgage assistance, please download and print out the forms below and mail them to:

CAB Inc. - Rent/Mortgage Assistance Program

406 Main St. Suite 207

Watsonville, CA 95076

Risk of Homelessness Form

Rent Assistance Application Form

If you would like CAB to mail you the forms please call 831-457-1741. 

Contact Information

Lourdes Arellano-Perez
Program Coordinator
(floats between Watsonville and Santa Cruz offices)
501 Soquel Ave, Suite E
Santa Cruz, CA 95062