Housing and Community Services Department
Housing and Community Services Department

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Inclusionary Zoning Ownership (Condominium) Units - Under the City of Berkeley's Inclusionary Housing Requirements in the City's Zoning Ordinance, developers of new housing units in the City of Berkeley must provide a portion of the units to moderate income families (families whose income does not exceed 100% of area median income). Below is a listing of the properties that have been developed as condominiums, containing permanently affordable condominium units: [more...]

 Mortgage Credit Program - The City of Berkeley participates on the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program through Alameda County.  Please call (510) 670-5799 for a brochure and listing of participating lenders.  MCC recipients may take up to 15% of their annual mortgage interest payments as a dollar for dollar tax credit against their federal income taxes.  Qualified homebuyers can adjusts their federal income tax withholdings, which will increase their income available to pay the monthly mortgage. [more...]

CDBG-R INFRASTRUCTURE AND HOUSING IMPROVEMENTS - The City of Berkeley will receive $871,248 in Community Development Block Grant funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (CDBG-R Funding) which will be used for public facilities and improvements projects and affordable housing rehabilitation projects.  In order to receive these funds, the City submitted a substantial amendment to its Consolidated Plan 2008 Action Plan to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The substantial amendment describes how the City plans to utilize the CDBG-R funds and includes a required Activity Data Spreadsheet, which describes the projects and estimated funding amounts.  To view the CDBG-R Substantial Amendment, click on this link: CDBG-R Substantial Amendment.  To view the Activity Data Spreadsheet, click on this link: Activity Data Spreadsheet. [more...]

Community Services Block Grant Recovery Act Funding - As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the City of Berkeley received $308,958 in Community Services Block Grant Recovery Act funds from the Administration on Children and Families through the State of California Department of Community Services and Development.  These funds were used to create the Skills-Opportunity-Success (SOS) Program.  Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency was selected to implement the program.  The program was developed to work with targeted populations (single female head of households, the homeless, displaced youth, formerly incarcerated adults, residents of South and West Berkeley) to provide individualized job training and placement services. [more...]

Employment Programs - Employment Programs [more...]

Housing Trust Fund - Guidelines and Information - HOUSING TRUST FUND - GUIDELINES AND INFORMATION

Developers seeking financing for their projects from the City of Berkeley Housing Trust Fund (HTF) should become familiar with the City's Housing Trust Fund Guidelines. The guidelines regulate the use of capital awarded through the HTF.

In addition, the Guidelines regulate, among other things, the levels at which rents on assisted units are to be calculated, and the income levels at which tenant households are to be qualified for occupancy. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development annually update household income guidelines.

Moreover, rents that are calculated using the Guidelines are considered to be gross rents (including the cost of utilities).

Finally, we have available summary 2010 Census data on Berkeley which may be useful for some proposals. [more...]

Berkeley Paratransit Servicesfor Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities - The ability to perform daily activities of shopping, getting to appointments and community meetings, and seeing friends and family requires that we each be able to "get around."  Forms of transit, such as AC Transit buses, BART, East Bay Paratransit (ATC), taxicabs, and wheelchair-accessible vans all play vital roles in meeting the community's need for transportation alternatives. Some residents have difficulty using either transit buses or BART trains and stations. [more...]

Senior and Disabled Home Rehabilitation Loan Program - The purpose of the Seniors and Disabled Home Rehabilitation Loan Program is to assist low income senior and disabled homeowners in repairing/modifying their homes, to eliminate conditions that pose a threat to their health and safety and to help preserve the City's housing inventory. Qualified borrowers can receive interest-free loans of up to $80,000.    [more...]

Shelter Plus Care - City of Berkeley Shelter Plus Care Program [more...]

Home Energy Assistance and Weatherization Programs - ATTENTION:
Effective January 1, 2012, the City of Berkeley no longer processes applications for the bill payment or weatherization programs funded under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Effective January 1, 2012 Spectrum Community Services, Inc will be processing applications for residents of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville.  Below is a list of their telephone numbers and offices where applications for these programs may be filed.

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(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
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