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California Hotel

3501 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, California 94608

The California Hotel is a historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1929, it originally operated as a commercial hotel and venue where jazz and blues greats performed, including Billie Holiday, James Brown, Sly Stone, Mahalia Jackson and Big Mama Thornton. In the 1960s the I-580 freeway was built adjacent to the building, dividing and isolating West Oakland. With the changing regional economic geography the neighborhood and building fell into steep decline and by 1971 the California Hotel was shut down and abandoned. In 2012 EBALDC joined the neighborhood planning efforts for the San Pablo Ave. Corridor to preserve and renovate the building as affordable apartments with community and commercial spaces. The California Hotel completed its renovations in 2014 and now provides 137 residential units of safe and healthy affordable housing and 8,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space.

Units

Unit (Bd/Ba) Ft2 Rent
Studio (Studio/1) - Call for Price
One Bedroom (1/1) - Call for Price
Two Bedroom (2/1) - Call for Price

California Hotel Details

  • 150 studio, one and two bedroom units.
  • Accepts Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV)

Property Amenities

  • Computer Lab
  • Community Room
  • Community Garden
  • On-site Laundry

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 9:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm
Friday 9:00am-5:00pm

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)

Since this property has received funding in part through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, a certain number of units are set aside for lower income households. Households must earn either less than 50% or 60% of the area median income (depending on the set-aside option chosen by the property owner) to qualify for these units. Rents in these units are capped at a maximum of 30% of the set-aside area median income (adjusted for unit size). Some rental units in this property may not be subject to LIHTC and therefore have higher rents and no maximum household income requirement.

Oakland Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

Generally, households earning up to the income limit in the table below for their household size are eligible for units participating in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program in Oakland but actual income limits may differ for units at California Hotel.

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
Very Low Income (50%) $43,400 $49,600 $55,800 $61,950 $66,950 $71,900 $76,850 $81,800
Low Income (60%) $52,080 $59,520 $66,960 $74,340 $80,340 $86,280 $92,220 $98,160

California Hotel was built in part with financing obtained through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. In addition to providing apartments for low-income households, this property could include some market rate units. Households earning 60% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI) qualify for targeted rental units in LIHTC financed housing. This property may also designate units for renters with even lower incomes, from 60% of AMI down to 30% AMI. It is even possible that all units have been set aside for those with extremely low incomes (as low as 15% of AMI). This means that the same size unit can rent for different amounts based on the income of the renter.

Figuring out income and rent limits for affordable housing can be complex especially when more than one federal program is involved. To know for sure if you qualify, you must contact the property directly. The amounts provided here should only be used as a basic guide.

California Hotel is managed by East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation.

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