The Housing and Economic Development Department creates affordable housing opportunities and a sustainable economy in Santa Monica. The Department is responsible for administering all affordable housing programs, including affordable housing development and preservation as well as rental subsidy programs for low-income households. The Department is also responsible for administering redevelopment programs and projects, operating the farmers’ markets, implementing City real estate transactions, promoting economic sustainability, serving as liaison to the business districts, and managing leasing and licensing of City property, including the Pier.
Jason Harris, Economic Development Manager
The Economic Development Division manages the Farmers Markets program and the City's real estate assets. The Division also acts as liaison and provides technical support to a number of business organizations, including Santa Monica’s business improvements districts. Additionally, the Division has leasehold management responsibility for the Pier, including parking, lease negotiation and administration, and planning and implementation of capital projects.
Laura Avery, Farmers Market Supervisor
The City of Santa Monica oversees the operation and management of four Certified Farmers’ Markets (CFMs). An estimated 900,000 shoppers visit the markets every year. Collectively, they provide customers year-round with a selection of fresh, seasonal produce that is pre-eminent among farmers market programs in the state. The CFM’s are managed by the Farmers Market Team within the City of Santa Monica’s Economic Development Division. The overall mission of the Santa Monica Farmers Market is to promote healthful eating and sustainable agriculture in California by providing fresh agricultural products from small farms to urban customers, thereby building community and preserving California farmland. In addition to managing the four Santa Monica Farmers Markets, the team also organizes educational programs and activities.
Barbara Collins, Housing Manager
The Housing Division analyzes policy and administers programs which ensure that Santa Monica preserves and expands housing opportunities for households with very low, low, and moderate incomes. The Division's workload is diverse, including tenant-based rental assistance, production of new affordable housing, and preservation of existing affordable housing. The Division attempts to maximize resources available to the City by working closely with public, private and non-profit partners who are involved in affordable housing as lenders, developers and owners.
Redevelopment Successor Agency
Barbara Collins, Housing Manager
On January 10, 2012, the City of Santa Monica elected to become the Successor Agency of the former Santa Monica Redevelopment Agency effective February 1, 2012. As the "Santa Monica Redevelopment Successor Agency," referred to as the "Successor Agency," the City elected to carry out activities necessary to wind down the affairs of the former Redevelopment Agency. This includes carrying out existing projects that are in various stages of development. In addition, on January 10, 2012, the City elected to retain the housing assets and functions previously performed by the Redevelopment Agency. The City entered into an agreement with the Housing Authority to carry out the affordable housing production, preservation and assistance activities, and managing all housing assets.
|Housing and Economic Development Administration
Principal Administrative Analyst
Executive Administrative Assistant
Phone: (310) 458-8743
NEWS & EVENTS
Farmers Market Events
Throughout the year, the SM Farmers Markets offer a wide range of free community events for all ages. To view upcoming events and locations, please visit:
Opening a Business in Santa Monica!
The Santa Monica Alliance has created some helpful checklists and a flowchart to help guide our entrepreneurs and new businesses through the process.
Santa Monica Residents - We need your input!
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and tell us what types of businesses you would like to have in your neighborhood. Participants will be entered to win a raffle prize!