City of Berkeley Housing Authority

1901 Fairview Street
Berkeley, Alameda County, California 94704

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

City of Berkeley Housing Authority serves Berkeley.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
University Neighborhood Apartments Senior Public Housing Closed

Other City of Berkeley Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: University Neighborhood Apartments Senior Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The City of Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) Senior Public Housing waiting list for studio and one bedroom units, is currently closed. It was last open for 8 days in July, 2018. There is no notice when this waiting list will re-open.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Download and print the application online.

  2. Pick up an application at the Berkeley County leasing office located at 1719 University Avenue, Berkeley, California, 94703

Once the paper application had been completed, it had to be mailed or dropped off at the Berkeley County leasing office at the above address.

Preferences were not confirmed.

100 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information call the BHA office at (510) 647-0700.

Last Updated on 08/10/2018.

About City of Berkeley Housing Authority

More information about City of Berkeley Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.cityofberkeley.info/.

Representatives of City of Berkeley Housing Authority may be available by phone at (510) 981-5470. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

Open today from 8:15am to 4:30pm PT.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:15am-4:30pm
Tuesday 8:15am-4:30pm
Wednesday 8:15am-4:30pm
Thursday 8:15am-4:30pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
HCV Portability Status

As of 09/23/2019, it is not known if City of Berkeley 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.


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

As of the most recent VMS report, City of Berkeley Housing Authority manages 1,526 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,428 1 17 67 13
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,604 $1,106 $814 $1,590 $1,397
Monthly Cost $2,290,598 $1,106 $13,846 $106,536 $18,155

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for City of Berkeley 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 525 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 11 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 66 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $16,989 per year. 95% of households were very low income (VLI) and 80% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 68% 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, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 43% 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.

26% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 23% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

77% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 64% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the City of Berkeley Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 38% include at least one person with a disability. 46% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 79% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

45% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 42% with 2 bedrooms and 14% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% 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 Berkeley Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $444 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,473. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $81.



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.


Public Housing Operated by City of Berkeley Housing Authority

Scattered Sites

1903 Ward St
Berkeley, CA
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