Affordable Housing In Alameda County
California

Housing Authorities that serve Alameda County

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

Other Housing Authorities located in Alameda County

Housing Authority Programs
Oakland Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Moving to Work; Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH); Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Mainstream Voucher; Moderate Rehabilitation; Homeownership; Family Unification Program (FUP)
City of Berkeley Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
City of Alameda Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
The Housing Authority of the City of Livermore Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Homeownership Voucher; Family Self-Sufficiency; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)
Housing Authority of the City of Pleasanton Public Housing
Dublin Housing Authority Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Alameda County, California

There are 312 low income housing apartment communities offering 24,365 affordable apartments for rent in Alameda County, California. Alameda County features 11,418 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 12,386 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Alameda County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Alameda County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 312
Total Low Income Apartments 24,365
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 11,418
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 47.28%
Average Renter Household Size 2.63
Average Household Size 2.78
Median Household Income $75,619 ±$613
Median Rent $1,367 ±$10
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 50% ± 0.74pp
Total Population 1,584,983

Population and Household Demographics

Alameda County is a County in California with a population of 1,584,983. There are 558,907 households in the county with an average household size of 2.78 persons. 47.28% of households in Alameda County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Alameda County

The median gross income for households in Alameda County is $75,619 a year, or $6,302 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,367 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Alameda County, a household making less than $4,557 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 50% of households who rent are overburdened in Alameda County.1

Area Median Income In Alameda County

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.

In Alameda County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $111,700

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 County

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 Alameda County HUD Rental Assistance in Alameda County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $26,050 $29,750 $33,450 $37,150 $40,150 $43,100 $46,100 $49,050
50% of Median $43,400 $49,600 $55,800 $61,950 $66,950 $71,900 $76,850 $81,800
80% of Median $69,000 $78,850 $88,700 $98,550 $106,450 $114,350 $122,250 $130,100
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Alameda County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1987 to 2012, 174 low income apartment communities containing 12,050 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Alameda County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Alameda County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $43,400 $49,600 $55,800 $61,950 $66,950 $71,900 $76,850 $81,800
60% of Median $52,080 $59,520 $66,960 $74,340 $80,340 $86,280 $92,220 $98,160

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Alameda County is $66,960 a year, or $5,580 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $5,580 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,674 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $1,085 $1,163 $1,395 $1,611 $1,798 $1,983
60% $1,302 $1,395 $1,674 $1,934 $2,157 $2,380
Fair Market Rents in Alameda County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,488 $1,808 $2,239 $3,042 $3,720

Cities In Alameda County

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City Listings Served By
Oakland 146 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Oakland is the Oakland Housing Authority.
Hayward 36 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hayward is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
Berkeley 28 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Berkeley is the City of Berkeley Housing Authority.
Fremont 25 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fremont is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
San Leandro 16 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Leandro is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
Livermore 14 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Livermore is the The Housing Authority of the City of Livermore.
Pleasanton 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Pleasanton are the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda and Housing Authority of the City of Pleasanton.
Emeryville 8 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Emeryville is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
San Lorenzo 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Lorenzo is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
Dublin 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Dublin are the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda and Dublin Housing Authority.
Newark 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Newark is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
Alameda 8 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Alameda is the City of Alameda Housing Authority.
Union City 8 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Union City is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
Castro Valley 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Castro Valley is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
Albany 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Albany is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
Alameda City 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Alameda City is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
Ashland 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ashland is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
Cherryland 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Cherryland is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
Fairview 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fairview is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
Piedmont 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Piedmont is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.
Sunol 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sunol is the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda.