Affordable Housing In Berkeley
Alameda County, California

33 Low Income Apartment Communities In Berkeley

Ocean View Garden Apartments

1715 5th St
Berkeley, California

Oxford Plaza

2175 Kittredge St
Berkeley, California

Harmon Gardens

3240 Sacramento St
Berkeley, California

Over 60 Housing Rcd

3250 Sacramento St
Berkeley, California

Durkee Lofts

800 Heinz Ave
Berkeley, California

Scattered Sites

1903 Ward St
Berkeley, California

Sacramento Senior Homes

2517 Sacramento St
Berkeley, California

Dwight Sacramento Chdo

2501 Sacramento St
Berkeley, California

Rosevine Apartments

1431 Oxford St
Berkeley, California
Disabled Supportive Housing

Allston House

2121 7th St
Berkeley, California

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in 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.

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 Berkeley, California

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Berkeley, California

There are 33 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,625 affordable apartments for rent in Berkeley, California.

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 $2,047 and $2,501.

2022 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 $1,538 $1,854 $2,274 $3,006 $3,578
Berkeley, California Payment Standard Range $1,384 to $1,692 $1,669 to $2,039 $2,047 to $2,501 $2,705 to $3,307 $3,220 to $3,936

Sourced from federal housing data and 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