About City of Berkeley Housing Authority

The City of Berkeley Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Berkeley, California.

The City of Berkeley Housing Authority serves Berkeley.

City of Berkeley Housing Authority Waiting Lists

City of Berkeley Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

The City of Berkeley Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is currently closed.

Last Updated on 07/20/2015.


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

As of March 31st, 2016 the City of Berkeley Housing Authority manages 1,604 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
Vouchers 1,545 1 14 44
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,348 $1,101 $491 $1,236
Monthly Cost $2,082,229 $1,101 $6,871 $54,403

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.


Affordable Apartments near City of Berkeley Housing Authority

1910 Hearst Ave
Bonita Grove is a 12 unit low income housing apartment community in Berkeley.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
819 Hearst Ave
Ocean View Garden Apartments is a 62 unit low income housing apartment community in Berkeley.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance
1499 Alcatraz Ave
Maggie Kuhn Apartments is a 40 unit low income housing apartment community in Berkeley.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units

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