Affordable Housing In Berkeley
Alameda County, California

28 Low Income Apartment Communities In Berkeley

University Avenue Senior Housing

1531 University Ave
Berkeley, CA
HCV Welcome

Lorin Station Plaza

3253 Adeline St
Berkeley, CA
HCV Welcome

University Neighborhood Apartments

1719 University Ave
Berkeley, CA
HCV Welcome

Ocean View Garden Apartments

1715 5th St
Berkeley, CA
HCV Welcome

Oxford Plaza

2175 Kittredge St
Berkeley, CA
HCV Welcome

Adeline Street Apartments

3222 Adeline St
Berkeley, CA
HCV Welcome

Harmon Gardens

3240 Sacramento St
Berkeley, CA
HCV Welcome

Over 60 Housing Rcd

3250 Sacramento St
Berkeley, CA
HCV Welcome

Durkee Lofts

800 Heinz Ave
Berkeley, CA
HCV Welcome

Scattered Sites

1903 Ward St
Berkeley, CA

There are 28 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 1,325 affordable apartments for rent in Berkeley. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 701 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Berkeley, HUD housing programs support 349 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 624 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Berkeley

Housing Authority Programs
City of Berkeley Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Berkeley, California

Berkeley, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 28
Total Low Income Apartments 1,325
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 701
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 57.35%
Average Renter Household Size 2.15
Total Population 117,384
Housing Units 45,917
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

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.1

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 $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 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 Berkeley HUD Rental Assistance in Berkeley

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 Berkeley

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

From 1989 to 2011, 15 low income apartment communities containing 658 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Berkeley 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 Berkeley

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 Berkeley 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 Berkeley

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.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,409 $1,706 $2,126 $2,925 $3,587