BERKELEY HOUSING AUTHORITY
HOUSING PROGRAMS AND ELIGIBILITY
The Berkeley Housing Authority administers two basic types of housing programs:
Tenant-based assistance is tied to the family who receives the freedom of searching for affordable housing among all rental housing within the Berkeley Housing Authority's jurisdiction.
Project-based assistance is tied to a specific dwelling. The family who lives there will pay an affordable rent, but if they move, they receive no further rental assistance. The unit then goes to the next income-eligible family who moves in.
The rent paid by families is based on household income (see the Housing Statistics link below). Rent is generally between 30% to 40% of the family’s monthly-adjusted gross income.
For more information, please click on the links below:
The Berkeley Housing Authority is not providing any special programs at this time.
THE FAMILY SELF-SUFFICIENCY PROGRAM IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.
Family Self-Sufficiency is a program designed specifically for Section 8 and Public Housing residents. When the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) is open, it combines case management, education and training, and housing assistance to aid families in becoming economically independent. FSS participants sign a 5-year Contract of Participation. In the past, the Berkeley Housing Authority FSS program offered a homebuyers education program to prepare participants to purchase a home of their own. When in operation, the FSS program successfully graduated over 150 families and over 20 of those families achieved homeownership. The current Berkeley Housing Authority FSS Program does not offer the homebuyers education program.
This special voucher program is designed to serve a very specific population: non-elderly (under 62 years of age), disabled, single person or families who are: homeless or at risk of homelessness; at risk of institutionalization or already institutionalized; or current clients in supportive or rapid re-housing. BHA has only 82 Mainstream Vouchers, and is only taking referrals from specific organizations including the Coordinated Entry System (operated by BACS), Women’s Daytime Drop in Center, and Berkeley Mental Health. For referrals from these organizations only, please call: 510-981-5483.