Affordable Housing In Oakland
Alameda County, California

Affordable Housing programs support 7,666 income based apartments in Oakland where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 5,115 affordable apartments in Oakland that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in Oakland, California

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in Oakland. Go to the California Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near Oakland.

Lion Creek Crossings

6951 Lion Way
Oakland, California
$843-1,432
1-5 BR
Family & Senior

The Uptown Apartments

500 William Street
Oakland, California
$1,773-2,677
Studio-3 BR
Affordable

Cathedral Gardens

638 21ST ST
Oakland, California
$832-1,780
1-3 BR

Harrison Street Senior Housing

1633 Harrison St
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Fox Courts

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

Macarthur Apartments

9800 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, California
$449-1,160
1-3 BR
Affordable

Providence House

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

Rose of Sharon

1600 Lakeshore Ave
Oakland, California
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Accessible
62+

Bancroft Senior Homes

5636 Bancroft Ave
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Allen Temple Manor

7607 International Blvd
Oakland, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Rent Assisted
Accessible
Accessible
Disabled Supportive Housing
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Affordable Housing Near Oakland

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City Apartments
Affordable Housing In Alameda, CA Affordable Housing programs support 20 apartment communities in Alameda.
Affordable Housing In Albany, CA Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Albany.
Affordable Housing In Berkeley, CA Affordable Housing programs support 33 apartment communities in Berkeley.
Affordable Housing In Castro Valley, CA Affordable Housing programs support 4 apartment communities in Castro Valley.
Affordable Housing In Dublin, CA Affordable Housing programs support 8 apartment communities in Dublin.
Affordable Housing In Emeryville, CA Affordable Housing programs support 9 apartment communities in Emeryville.
Affordable Housing In Fremont, CA Affordable Housing programs support 28 apartment communities in Fremont.
Affordable Housing In Hayward, CA Affordable Housing programs support 35 apartment communities in Hayward.
Affordable Housing In Livermore, CA Affordable Housing programs support 16 apartment communities in Livermore.
Affordable Housing In Newark, CA Affordable Housing programs support 3 apartment communities in Newark.
Affordable Housing In Piedmont, CA Affordable Housing programs support 1 apartment communities in Piedmont.
Affordable Housing In Pleasanton, CA Affordable Housing programs support 7 apartment communities in Pleasanton.
Affordable Housing In San Leandro, CA Affordable Housing programs support 18 apartment communities in San Leandro.
Affordable Housing In San Lorenzo, CA Affordable Housing programs support 2 apartment communities in San Lorenzo.
Affordable Housing In Union City, CA Affordable Housing programs support 9 apartment communities in Union City.

Public Housing Agencies Serving 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.

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
Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near Oakland.

Oakland, California Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in Oakland, California

Oakland features 7,666 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 5,115 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 $2,165 and $2,646.

2023 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 $1,658 $1,969 $2,405 $3,144 $3,706
Oakland, California Payment Standard Range $1,492 to $1,824 $1,772 to $2,166 $2,165 to $2,646 $2,830 to $3,458 $3,335 to $4,077

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Oakland, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 162
Total Low Income Apartments 12,882
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 7,666
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 $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 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.
$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 Oakland 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 Oakland 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