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.


In August 2017, the City Council adopted the City’s first Affordable Housing Strategy. The Strategy identified four policy pillars, with associated strategies, action items and timelines to proactively achieve the City’s affordable housing goals to protect, produce and preserve housing. Click here to view a summary of the policies identified in the Strategy.

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


Attention: COVID-19 Resources for Homeowners/renters - Click Here

Rental Assistance Available for People Financially Impacted by COVID-19

Resources are now available to help County residents financially impacted by COVID-19 and struggling with housing and/or utility costs.

You may be able to get help with:
• Payment of past due rent
• Payment of current month's rent
• Payment of future month's rent
• Payment of utilities (PG&E, water, etc)

For more information, go to https://shelterinc.org/renthelp/

Tenants and Landlords who need additional information about COVID-19 tenant protections can learn more here.

Events: Workshops and Webinars

FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER WORKSHOPS: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2021 from 6PM to 8PM
If you are a first-time homebuyer and considering homeownership in the Bay Area, Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services has designed this workshop for you. Please click this link to register.

On October 15, 2020, ECHO Housing held a live webinar presentation for tenants and landlords of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties about tenant protections. To access this presentation, click here. For information about ECHO Housing, please visit www.echofairhousing.org.

Affordable Housing Wait list OpportunitieS

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates – Shattuck Senior Homes: The waiting list for studio and 1-bedroom units opens on February 24, 2021 at 9:00 AM. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 PM on March 4, 2021. A lottery will be conducted for all applications received by the deadline. For additional information, please visit sahahomes.org/apply.

The Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa will be opening the Project Based Voucher Waiting List for 1 property located in the City of Richmond. This opening is from 10 AM on March 22, 2021 to 4 PM on April 1, 2021. The opening will only be an electronic format and no paper applications will be available. Please visit www.contracostahousing.org or download the flyer in English or Spanish.

Note: The Terraces Senior Apartments is accepting applications for Studio to 4 Bedroom units located at 2300 Nevin Avenue in Richmond, CA. This opportunity is NOT for the Housing Choice Voucher Program but for Project Based Voucher assisted units in this one property ONLY THE HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD OR SPOUSE MUST BE 62 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO APPLY. APPLICATIONS FROM NON-ELDERLY APPLICANTS WILL BE REJECTED. Reasonable Accommodations for elderly or disabled clients can be made for anyone needing individual assistance either by telephone or at the Housing Authority offices.

March 2021 Affordable Housing Opportunities – All Bay Area Counties (Courtesy of Openhouse)

To learn about future affordable housing opportunities, please subscribe to our Community Development e-Newsletter here.


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.

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