City of Alameda Housing Authority

701 Atlantic Avenue
Alameda, Alameda County, California 94501
(510) 747-4300

Open today from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Closed on alternate Fridays

City of Alameda Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Alameda, California that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

City of Alameda Housing Authority serves Alameda.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Housing Authority of the City of Alameda Housing Choice Voucher Closed

Other City of Alameda Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Housing Authority of the City of Alameda Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List



The Housing Authority of the City of Alameda (HACA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed. It was last open for six days from January 2015 until February 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.



Alameda, CA is about 10 miles east of San Francisco, CA.



Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.



To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application. The application was available in multiple languages.


This waiting list has the following preferences: FUP graduates, displaced, special provisions, terminated by the AHA due to overleasing or lack of funding, resident of the City of Alameda, disabled, veteran. Further explanation of each preference can be found online here, starting on page 4-11.


750 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.


Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.



For more information, visit the HACA website, or call the office at (510) 747-4300.



The Housing Authority of the City of Alameda (HACA) is not accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher applications at this time. This waiting list was last open for six days in June 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.


Alameda, CA is about 10 miles east of San Francisco, CA.



IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll up above the PBV section.


To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application. Computers, mobile phones and tablets may have been used to access the application. The application was available in multiple languages.


These waiting lists have the following preferences: In place, supportive services, displaced, terminated by the AHA due to overleasing or lack of funding, resident of the City of Alameda, disabled, veteran. Further explanation of each preference can be found online here, starting on page 4-11. The specific preferences for each property may vary.


Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences. Applicants can check their status on the waiting list online here or by calling (844) 451-1756.


Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.


For more information, read the HACA public notice, visit the HACA website, or call the office at (510) 747-4300.

Last Updated on 06/27/2016.

About City of Alameda Housing Authority

More information about City of Alameda Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.alamedahsg.org/.

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at http://www.waitlistcheck.com/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/23/2019, it is not known if City of Alameda Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-5:00pm
Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the City of Alameda Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, City of Alameda Housing Authority manages 1,487 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,240 26 68 79 8 66
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,618 $1,991 $1,678 $1,759 $915 $1,729
Monthly Cost $2,005,797 $51,762 $114,135 $138,970 $7,319 $114,087

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for City of Alameda Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 3% having issued approximately 475 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 12 years and 7 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 36 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $20,011 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 74% were extremely low income (ELI). 39% of households had wages as a major source of income, 5% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 55% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 34% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 37% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

35% of households included children, 11% of which had two adults in the household. 26% of households with children have a female head of household. 71% of all households were headed by a female.

81% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 32% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the City of Alameda Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 27% include at least one person with a disability. 37% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

27% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 42% with 2 bedrooms and 31% with 3 or more bedrooms. 13% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by City of Alameda Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $535 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,511. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $105.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.