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Affordable Housing In Oakland
Alameda County, California

145 Low Income Apartment Communities In Oakland

1118 62nd

1118 62nd Ave
Oakland, California

236 29th St

236 29th St
Oakland, California

3105 Mlk

3105 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Oakland, California

Coit Apartments

1445 Harrison St
Oakland, California

3109 Mlk

3109 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Oakland, California

3311 Mlk

3311 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Oakland, California

7801 Macarthur Blvd

7801 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, California

Harp Plaza

430 28th St
Oakland, California

James Lee Court

690 15th St
Oakland, California

Coliseum Gardens Phase II

6615 Leona Creek Dr
Oakland, California

Housing Authorities that serve Oakland

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in Oakland, California

There are 145 low income housing apartment communities offering 11,869 affordable apartments for rent in Oakland, California.

Income Based Apartments in Oakland, California

Oakland features 7,148 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 4,620 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 $2,145 and $2,621.

2021 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
Fair Market Rent $1,595 $1,934 $2,383 $3,196 $3,863
Payment Standard Range $1,436 to $1,755 $1,741 to $2,127 $2,145 to $2,621 $2,876 to $3,516 $3,477 to $4,249

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Oakland, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 145
Total Low Income Apartments 11,869
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 7,148
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 $119,200

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

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $27,450 $31,350 $35,250 $39,150 $42,300 $45,450 $48,550 $51,700
50% of Median $45,700 $52,200 $58,750 $65,250 $70,500 $75,700 $80,950 $86,150
80% of Median $73,100 $83,550 $94,000 $104,400 $112,800 $121,150 $129,500 $137,850