Affordable Housing In Berkeley
Alameda County, California

Affordable Housing programs support 806 income based apartments in Berkeley where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 819 affordable apartments in Berkeley that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Berkeley, California

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Berkeley. Go to the California Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Berkeley.

Adeline Street Apartments

3224 Adeline St
Berkeley, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Affordable

University Avenue Co

1471 Addison St
Berkeley, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Rent Assisted

Grayson Apartments

2748 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Affordable

Savo Island

2017 Stuart St
Berkeley, California
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Rent Assisted

Harper Crossing

3132 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Berkeley, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+
Affordable

Harriet Tubman Terrace

2870 Adeline St
Berkeley, California
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Rent Assisted

UA Homes

1040 University Ave
Berkeley, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Supportive Housing
Affordable

Hearst Studios

950 Hearst Ave
Berkeley, California
Affordable

Lawrence F Moore Manor

1909 Cedar St
Berkeley, California
Rent Assisted

Strawberry Creek Lodge

1320 Addison St
Berkeley, California
Rent Assisted
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Affordable Housing Near Berkeley

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City Apartments
Affordable Housing In Alameda, CA Affordable Housing programs support 20 apartment communities in Alameda.
Affordable Housing In Albany, CA Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Albany.
Affordable Housing In Castro Valley, CA Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Castro Valley.
Affordable Housing In Dublin, CA Affordable Housing programs support 8 apartment communities in Dublin.
Affordable Housing In Emeryville, CA Affordable Housing programs support 9 apartment communities in Emeryville.
Affordable Housing In Fremont, CA Affordable Housing programs support 28 apartment communities in Fremont.
Affordable Housing In Hayward, CA Affordable Housing programs support 35 apartment communities in Hayward.
Affordable Housing In Livermore, CA Affordable Housing programs support 16 apartment communities in Livermore.
Affordable Housing In Newark, CA Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Newark.
Affordable Housing In Oakland, CA Affordable Housing programs support 162 apartment communities in Oakland.
Affordable Housing In Piedmont, CA Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Piedmont.
Affordable Housing In Pleasanton, CA Affordable Housing programs support 7 apartment communities in Pleasanton.
Affordable Housing In San Leandro, CA Affordable Housing programs support 18 apartment communities in San Leandro.
Affordable Housing In San Lorenzo, CA Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in San Lorenzo.
Affordable Housing In Union City, CA Affordable Housing programs support 9 apartment communities in Union City.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Berkeley, 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.

Housing Authority Programs
City of Berkeley Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Housing Authority of the County of Alameda Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Berkeley.

Berkeley, California Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Berkeley, California

Berkeley features 806 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 Berkeley, California

There are 819 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Berkeley.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Berkeley, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Berkeley landlords $1,600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Berkeley.

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

2023 Berkeley, 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
Berkeley, California Fair Market Rent $1,658 $1,969 $2,405 $3,144 $3,706
Berkeley, 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.

Berkeley, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 33
Total Low Income Apartments 1,625
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 806
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 57.35%
Average Renter Household Size 2.15
Average Household Size 2.29
Median Household Income $66,237 ±$2,415
Median Rent $1,362 ±$26
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.94% ± 2.37pp
Total Population 117,384

Population and Household Demographics

Berkeley is a city in Alameda County, California with a population of 117,384. There are 45,917 households in the city with an average household size of 2.29 persons. 57.35% of households in Berkeley are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Berkeley

The median gross income for households in Berkeley is $66,237 a year, or $5,520 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,362 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Berkeley, a household making less than $4,540 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.94% of households who rent are overburdened in Berkeley.

Area Median Income In Berkeley

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 Berkeley, the AMI is calculated from all households within Alameda County.

In Berkeley, 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 Berkeley

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 Berkeley

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Berkeley 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 Berkeley 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 Berkeley 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