Affordable Housing In Oakland
Alameda County, California

158 Low Income Apartment Communities In Oakland

Lion Creek Crossings

6951 Lion Way
Oakland, California
1-5 BR
Family & Senior

The Uptown Apartments

500 William Street
Oakland, California
Studio-3 BR

Cathedral Gardens

638 21ST ST
Oakland, California
1-3 BR

Harrison Street Senior Housing

1633 Harrison St
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Fox Courts

550 18TH ST
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR

Macarthur Apartments

9800 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, California
1-3 BR

Providence House

540 23rd St
Oakland, California
Income Based
1-2 BR
Disabled Supportive Housing

Bancroft Senior Homes

5636 Bancroft Ave
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Elderly Supportive Housing

Drasnin Manor

2530 International Blvd
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Keller Plaza

5321 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Oakland, 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 Oakland, California

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); Shelter Plus Care
Housing Authority of the County of Alameda Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Oakland, California

There are 158 low income housing apartment communities offering 12,620 affordable apartments for rent in Oakland, California.

Income Based Apartments in Oakland, California

Oakland features 7,617 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 Oakland, California

There are 4,902 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Oakland.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Oakland, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Oakland landlords $1,400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in Oakland.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Oakland, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,047 and $2,501.

2022 Oakland, 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
Oakland, California Fair Market Rent $1,538 $1,854 $2,274 $3,006 $3,578
Oakland, 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.

Oakland, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 158
Total Low Income Apartments 12,620
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 7,617
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 60.22%
Average Renter Household Size 2.43
Average Household Size 2.53
Median Household Income $54,618 ±$1,132
Median Rent $1,144 ±$12
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 52.75% ± 1.29pp
Total Population 408,073

Population and Household Demographics

Oakland is a city in Alameda County, California with a population of 408,073. There are 158,424 households in the city with an average household size of 2.53 persons. 60.22% of households in Oakland are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Oakland

The median gross income for households in Oakland is $54,618 a year, or $4,552 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,144 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Oakland, a household making less than $3,813 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 52.75% of households who rent are overburdened in Oakland.

Area Median Income In Oakland

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

In Oakland, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $125,600

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 Oakland

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 Oakland

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Oakland AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$28,800 $32,900 $37,000 $41,100 $44,400 $47,700 $51,000 $54,300
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Oakland AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$47,950 $54,800 $61,650 $68,500 $74,000 $79,500 $84,950 $90,450
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Oakland AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$76,750 $87,700 $98,650 $109,600 $118,400 $127,150 $135,950 $144,700