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About Affordable Housing In Oakland

There are 152 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 11,450 affordable apartments for rent in Oakland, California. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 6,643 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 3,518 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Oakland. There are 6,657 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. In Oakland, the fair market rents range from $1,435 to $3,477. To learn more about rents for low income apartments in Oakland read the Fair Market Rents section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in Oakland guide.

To qualify for low income housing in Oakland a family of four would generally have to earn less than $52,150. For more detailed income qualification information for affordable apartments in Oakland read the Income section of the Understanding Affordable Housing in Oakland guide.

Housing Authorities that Serve Oakland

The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Oakland is the Oakland Housing Authority.

  • The Oakland Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is Closed.

The Oakland Housing Authority offers 15 Public Housing complexes containing 2,122 HUD apartments. The rent at these subsidized apartments are always income based. To find a public housing unit, look for the tag in the apartment list below.

Affordable Apartments in Oakland

500 William Street
The Uptown Apartments is a 133 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Oakland. Rents at The Uptown Apartments are $1,773-2,677.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Oakland.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
1485 E 22nd Street
San Antonio Terrace Apartments is a 23 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 2 bedroom apartments for rent in Oakland.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Oakland.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
215 West MacArthur Blvd.
Piedmont Apartments is a 250 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Oakland.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Oakland.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
1223 37th Ave
Las Bougainvilleas is a 68 unit low income housing apartment community in Oakland.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
970 14th St
Lottie Johnson Apartments is a 27 unit low income housing apartment community in Oakland.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance

Housing Authorities that serve Oakland

The Oakland Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Oakland, California.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Oakland, California

Oakland, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 152
Total Low Income Apartments 11,450
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 6,643
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 58.94%
Average Renter Household Size 2.07
Total Population 390,724
Housing Units 153,791
Average Household Size 2.23
Median Household Income $52,962 ±$1,031
Median Rent $1,114 ±$12
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 52.84% ± 1.3pp

Population and Household Demographics

Oakland is a City in Alameda County, California with a population of 390,724. There are 153,791 households in the city with an average household size of 2.23 persons. 58.94% of households in Oakland are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Oakland

The median gross income for households in Oakland is $52,962 a year, or $4,414 a month. The median rent for the city is $1,114 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 $3,713 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 52.84% of households who rent are overburdened in Oakland.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2014 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 1.3 percentage points.

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 $97,400

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.

Oakland Rental Assistance Income Limits
AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% $21,950 $25,050 $28,200 $31,300 $33,850 $36,350 $38,850 $41,350
50% $36,550 $41,750 $46,950 $52,150 $56,350 $60,500 $64,700 $68,850
80% $56,300 $64,350 $72,400 $80,400 $86,850 $93,300 $99,700 $106,150

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Oakland

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

From 1987 to 2012, 95 low income apartment communities containing 5,877 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Oakland by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Oakland by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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.

Oakland Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits
AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% $36,550 $41,750 $46,950 $52,150 $56,350 $60,500 $64,700 $68,850
60% $43,860 $50,100 $56,340 $62,580 $67,620 $72,600 $77,640 $82,620

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 Oakland is $56,340 a year, or $4,695 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $4,695 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,409 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 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 1 Bed 5 Bed
50% $914 $979 $1,174 $1,356 $1,513 $1,669
60% $1,097 $1,175 $1,409 $1,628 $1,815 $2,003
Fair Market Rents in Oakland

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.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$1,435 $1,723 $2,173 $3,017 $3,477