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.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is committed to helping ensure African Americans maintain their wealth and financial security during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. They are honored to partner with BeyGOOD to provide financial support to families or individuals who are facing eviction and/or foreclosure. The BeyGOOD Impact Fund will provide one hundred grants up to $5,000 each to families who are delinquent in their home mortgage or rental payments.

Please note: To complete this application process you will be required to upload a copy of your most recent mortgage statement or rental delinquency notice.

Application process closes January 15th.

Apply Now


Events: Workshops and Webinars

On January 26, 2021 at 1PM, ECHO Housing will host a live webinar presentation for tenants and landlords of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties about tenant protections. To register for this event, please click this link. For information about ECHO Housing, please visit www.echofairhousing.org.

FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER WORKSHOPS: January 9 and 16, 2021 from 10AM to 3PM
If you are interested in learning about purchasing your first home, ECHO Housing is providing a series of free workshops for residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. 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

Below-Market Rate Homes at Woodbury Highlands in the City of Lafayette
Hello Housing is pleased to be managing the sale of six (6), brand-new, Below-Market-Rate (BMR) homes on behalf of the developer, Davidon Homes, and the City of Lafayette. The pre-application period begins January 4th, 2021, and ends January 25th, 2021 by 5PM. The homes are priced to be affordable to moderate-income and low-income households. Learn more about this opportunity here.

The Village at Town Center, 6410 Schmidt Lane, El Cerrito
There are currently 2 Below Market Rate (BMR) rental units available to households at or below moderate-income limits. This property is in close proximity to transit and washer/dryers are included in all units. Please review the BMR Flyer for income minimums/maximums and how to apply.
(1) One-bedroom renting for $1,795/per month
(1) Two-bedroom renting for $2,295/per month

January 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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