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Affordable Housing In El Cerrito
Riverside County, California

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In El Cerrito

Del Norte Place

11720 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, California
1-2 BR

Eskaton Hazel Shirley Manor

11025 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, California
Elderly Supportive Housing

Idaho Apartments

10203 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, California
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Housing Authorities that serve El Cerrito

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in El Cerrito, California

There are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 227 affordable apartments for rent in El Cerrito, California.

Income Based Apartments in El Cerrito, California

El Cerrito features 63 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 El Cerrito, California

There are 164 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in El Cerrito.

Housing Choice Vouchers in El Cerrito, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay El Cerrito landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in El Cerrito.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in El Cerrito, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,160 and $1,418.

2020 El Cerrito, 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
Fair Market Rent $875 $1,030 $1,289 $1,789 $2,216
Payment Standard Range $788 to $963 $927 to $1,133 $1,160 to $1,418 $1,610 to $1,968 $1,994 to $2,438

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

El Cerrito, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 227
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 63
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 20.86%
Average Renter Household Size 3.59
Average Household Size 3.78
Median Household Income $60,625 ±$8,205
Median Rent $1,344 ±$205
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 70.68% ± 24.4pp
Total Population 5,581

Population and Household Demographics

El Cerrito is a city in Riverside County, California with a population of 5,581. There are 1,472 households in the city with an average household size of 3.78 persons. 20.86% of households in El Cerrito are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in El Cerrito

The median gross income for households in El Cerrito is $60,625 a year, or $5,052 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,344 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In El Cerrito, a household making less than $4,480 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 70.68% of households who rent are overburdened in El Cerrito.

Area Median Income In El Cerrito

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 El Cerrito, the AMI is calculated from all households within Riverside County.

In El Cerrito, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $75,300

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 El Cerrito

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 El Cerrito

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $15,850 $18,100 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% of Median $26,400 $30,150 $33,900 $37,650 $40,700 $43,700 $46,700 $49,700
80% of Median $42,200 $48,200 $54,250 $60,250 $65,100 $69,900 $74,750 $79,550