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

Events: Workshops and Webinars

Considering home ownership in the Bay Area? Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services will be hosting a series of first-time homebuyer and financial education workshops in November. These opportunities are available at no costs. For registration details, click here.

Affordable Housing Wait list Opportunities

The Terraces Senior Apartments, Richmond:
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 NOT for the Housing Choice Voucher Program but for Project Based Voucher assisted units in this one property ONLY. The Terraces Senior Apartments is accepting applications for Studio to 4 Bedroom units located at 2300 Nevin Avenue in Richmond, CA. The head of household or spouse must be 62 years of age or older to apply. Applications from non-elderly applicants will be rejected.

The attached Flyers in English and Spanish provide the details for the opening. This opening is from 10 a.m. on November 2, 2020 to 4 p.m. on November 5, 2020. Thereafter, the wait lists will be closed until the waiting list have been exhausted. This is a critical opportunity for applicants to be considered or they will have to wait, possibly years, until the next opportunitypresents itself.

The opening will only be an electronic format and no paper applications will be available. Reasonable Accommodations for elderly or disabled clients can be made for anyone
needing individual assistance either by telephone or at our offices.

Please feel free to contact Tony Ucciferri at tucciferri@contracostahousing.org or (925) 957-7081.

Vista Estero Senior Apartments, Oakland: The waiting list for 109 new senior housing units located at 285 8th Avenue, Oakland will be accepting pre-applications between October 12, 2020 to November 2, 2020, 5PM. Applicants will be selected through a lottery. For additional details and information, please visit MidPen Housing at www.midpen-housing.org/vistaestero or contact 510-400-5366.

Jones Berkeley: The waiting list for 16 Below Market Rate (BMR) units located at 1080 Jones Street, Berkeley is currently accepting applications. Applications must be submitted by October 13, 2020, 5:00 PM. A lottery will be conducted for all applications received by the deadline. For additional details and information about how to apply, click here.

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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