Affordable Housing In Alameda
Alameda County, California

19 Low Income Apartment Communities In Alameda

Stargell Commons

2700 Bette St
Alameda, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Anne B. Diament

920 PARK ST
Alameda, California
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

Independence Plaza

703 Atlantic Ave
Alameda, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
62+

Shinsei Gardens Apartments

401 Stargell Ave
Alameda, California
Call For Rent
1 BR

Esperanza

1903 Third Street
Alameda, California
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Parrot Village

1301 Buena Vista
Alameda, California
Call For Rent
2-4 BR

Stanford House

2022 Clement Avenue
Alameda, California
Call For Rent
1 BR

Littlejohn Commons

1301 Buena Vista Ave
Alameda, California
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
Family & Senior
55+
Accessible
Subsidized

China Clipper Plaza

460 Buena Vista
Alameda, California
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR

Park Alameda

2428 Central Ave
Alameda, California

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Alameda, California

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Alameda, California

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the City of Alameda Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Housing Authority of the County of Alameda Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Alameda, California

There are 19 low income housing apartment communities offering 858 affordable apartments for rent in Alameda, California.

Income Based Apartments in Alameda, California

Alameda features 543 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Alameda, California

There are 315 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Alameda.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Alameda, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Alameda landlords $1,700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $600 towards rent in Alameda.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Alameda, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,165 and $2,646.

2023 Alameda, California Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Alameda, California Fair Market Rent $1,658 $1,969 $2,405 $3,144 $3,706
Alameda, California Payment Standard Range $1,492 to $1,824 $1,772 to $2,166 $2,165 to $2,646 $2,830 to $3,458 $3,335 to $4,077

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Alameda, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 19
Total Low Income Apartments 858
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 543
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 52.89%
Average Renter Household Size 2.31
Average Household Size 2.46
Median Household Income $79,312 ±$3,043
Median Rent $1,407 ±$27
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 43.84% ± 3.13pp
Total Population 76,733

Population and Household Demographics

Alameda is a city in Alameda County, California with a population of 76,733. There are 30,708 households in the city with an average household size of 2.46 persons. 52.89% of households in Alameda are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Alameda

The median gross income for households in Alameda is $79,312 a year, or $6,609 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,407 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Alameda, a household making less than $4,690 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 43.84% of households who rent are overburdened in Alameda.

Area Median Income In Alameda

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Alameda, the AMI is calculated from all households within Alameda County.

In Alameda, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $142,800

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Alameda

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Alameda

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Alameda AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$30,000 $34,300 $38,600 $42,850 $46,300 $49,750 $53,150 $56,600
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Alameda AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$50,000 $57,150 $64,300 $71,400 $77,150 $82,850 $88,550 $94,250
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Alameda AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$74,200 $84,800 $95,400 $106,000 $114,500 $123,000 $131,450 $139,950