Affordable Housing

Watsonville's Affordable Housing Ordinance requires most new housing developments to include units that are affordable to very low to above moderate income households. These units may also be referred to as inclusionary or deed restricted units. The units are restricted to specific income categories based on the requirements of the Ordinance. Prospective buyers may purchase units at or above their projected annual household income based on household size.

Prospective Buyers


All prospective buyers must be approved by the City and agree to abide by various requirements designed to ensure that the unit remain affordable. These requirements include, but may not be limited to the following:
  • Unit must be owned and occupied as the buyer's principal place of residence
  • Unit cannot be sold for more than the maximum resale limit
  • Unit must be sold to an income eligible buyer

Program Limits


Program limits change on an annual basis and may differ depending on project. The City is not involved in the sale of individual units except to approve the prospective buyer(s) once the sales contract has been executed and prior to close of escrow.

Additional Information


For more information about the City's Housing Programs, call 831-768-3080 or submit our Contact Us form.