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 Wait list Opportunities

The Housing Authority of the County of Contra Costa will be opening the Project Based Voucher Waiting Lists for 10 properties located in the City of Richmond. Pre-applications will be accepted on-line at www.contracostahousing.org beginning February 10, 2020 at 10AM through February 13, 2020 at 4PM. Thereafter, the wait lists will be closed until the waiting list have been exhausted. The flyer below provides the details for the opening.

February 2020 Wait List Flyer (English) - Housing Authority of Contra Costa County
February 2020 Wait List Flyer (Spanish) - Housing Authority of Contra Costa County

February 2020 Affordable Housing Opportunities - Contra Costa County (Courtesy of Openhouse)

February 2020 Affordable Housing Opportunities - All Bay Area Counties 

To learn about future affordable housing opportunities, please subscribe to our Community Development Department 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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