Housing and Community Services Department
Housing and Community Services Department

Looking for Berkeley Rental

To find housing in Berkeley, you will need to contact the private and nonprofit organizations that provide housing.  The City of Berkeley Health, Housing & Community Services Department does not operate affordable housing developments or maintain housing waiting lists.

Affordable Housing in Berkeley
The City of Berkeley partners with affordable housing developers to manage approximately 1,600 units of affordable rental housing in the city.  About 300 of these units are available under the City’s Below Market Rate Rental Housing Program. 

To apply for affordable housing units in Berkeley, please contact the following organizations to inquire about the application process and how to get on the waiting list for their properties.  Each organization below manages its own application process for the properties they own and manage.


Phone Number / Website (if available) 

Type of Housing 




Special Needs 

Resources for Community Development  (510) 841-4410 or http://rcdev.org 

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates       (510) 647-0700 or http://sahahomes.org 

Berkeley Food & Housing Project (Transitional/Homeless)      (510) 649-4965 or  http://bfhp.org        


BOSS (Transitional/Homeless)   (510) 649-1930 or http://self-sufficiency.org     

Fred Finch Youth Center (Transition-Aged Youth)    (510) 601-1843 or http://www.fredfinch.org/        

Harriet Tubman Terrace Apartments   (510) 843-0134    


Lorin Station   (510) 597-0419  


Northern California Land Trust  

(510) 548-7878 http://nclt.org/  


Ocean View Gardens   (510) 981-1182  


Below Market Rate Rental Housing Program
Under the City of Berkeley’s Inclusionary Housing and Affordable Housing Mitigation Ordinance, Property Owners of market-rate rental housing developments must set aside a percentage of the units for very low and low-income households.  These units are available at below-market rate (BMR) rents to eligible applicants who meet the required income limits under the program. 

Current Annual Income Limits, effective July 1, 20141

Affordability Level Income Range Gross Rental Rates
Very Low Income $32,550 - $46,450 $814 - $1161
Low Income     $52,080 - $74,320 $1,302 - $1,858
Tax Credit or Density Bonus Units $39,060 - 55,740 $977 - $1,394

Notes: (1) Annual Income and Rent Limits are updated annually on July 1st of each year.  The income and rent limits will vary, depending on the size of the units.

To date, there are 25 properties in Berkeley offering 324 BMR units to very low and low-income households.  Below is a link to the list of properties with BMR units.  [List of Properties]  

To apply for a BMR unit, prospective applicants must:

(1)  Contact each property s/he is interested in to inquire about the application process and how to get on the waiting list for a specific property.  The City of Berkeley does not process applications or maintain a waiting list for the BMR units.

(2)  As part of the rental application, provide the owner/property management company (Owner) with required income documents so that Owner can review whether applicant meets the City’s income requirements.  The owner/property management company may ask for additional information to evaluate the applicant’s ability to pay rent and the applicant’s rental history.

Once the Owner determines the applicant is eligible under the City’s BMR program, Owner will forward the application to the City of Berkeley for review and approval.  The City has 5-7 days to review the application.  Upon receiving City approval of the application, the Owner may offer the unit to the eligible applicant and execute a lease.

Affordable Housing Outside of Berkeley
 In Alameda County, people seeking housing or community services can call 2-1-1 for information. 2-1-1 is a free, non-emergency, confidential, 3-digit phone number and service that provides easy access to housing information, and critical health and human services. 2-1-1 operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with multi-lingual capabilities. If you are outside Alameda County, call 888-886-9660. For help in San Francisco, San Mateo County or Marin County, call 800-273-6222.

Some of 211's housing listings, including those in Berkeley, are available on the Housing Choices for Alameda County web site ( http://achousingchoices.org/ ). Other information for your search is available here.

Rental listings for private property owners and managers

Nonprofit organizations making housing referrals

Organizations operating subsidized housing in Berkeley 



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