City of Berkeley Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.
City of Berkeley Housing Authority serves Berkeley.
|University Neighborhood Apartments Senior Public Housing||Closed|
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.
City of Berkeley Housing Authority Website: http://www.cityofberkeley.info/.
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:
Download and print the application online.
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.
More information about City of Berkeley Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.cityofberkeley.info/.
As of 10/24/2020, 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.
As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, City of Berkeley Housing Authority manages 1,546 active Housing Choice Vouchers.
The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:
|Standard||Homeownership||Tenant Protection||Ported Out||VASH|
|Monthly Cost Per Voucher||$1,621||$1,107||$874||$1,570||$1,423|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.