Housing Programs

Housing Programs Overview

The mission of the Housing Program is to foster the creation of high-quality affordable housing at all income levels and for a variety of needs. The Housing staff administers housing policy and programs, and offers information about affordable housing opportunities in the City of El Cerrito.



Learn more about community housing resources:
  • Look up resources for finding affordable housing in El Cerrito.
  • Find help with housing issues such as foreclosure or tenant/landlord counseling.
  • Find housing-related City documents.
  • Contact us with another housing-related question

Affordable HOUSING NEWS 

tenant protection workshop

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7pm - 8:30pm (click here to view the flyer)

City Hall, Council Chambers, 10890 San Pablo Avenue

On August 21, 2018, Community Development staff held a study session to discuss the 2017 El Cerrito Affordable Housing Strategy, Pillar B: Reduce the Risk of Displacement and Help Stabilize At-Risk Populations. There were near-term tools identified (could be adopted 90-120 days) and medium-term programs (1-2 years) identified for City Council's consideration. Staff is proceeding with the near-term tools for implementation. This upcoming workshop will allow the public to provide feedback on the draft recommended policies that will be introduced at the December 18, 2018 City Council meeting. For more information, please contact Aissia Ashoori, Affordable Housing Analyst at aashoori@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or 510.215.4361.


On May 15, 2018, the City Council adopted an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance as identified in the 2017 Affordable Housing Strategy. The Ordinance is effective June 14, 2018 and applies to new development that does not already have completed applications by the effective date. Inclusionary zoning requires new market-rate residential projects to set aside between 10% - 12% of its units for low to moderate-income households or the option of paying an in-lieu fee to the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. In-lieu fees are earmarked for future affordable housing development opportunities. Please contact Aissia Ashoori, Affordable Housing Analyst, at 510.215.4361 for more information. 

Developer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)



  • Open Waitlist Opportunities
  • Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) will be opening their waitlists for properties located in Berkeley and Oakland, CA. Please visit SAHA website for details about the application process and deadline: www.sahahomes.org/apply.