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


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

ECHO Housing is hosting a virtual First-Time Homebuyer Workshop series on October 10th and 17th. This is free for Contra Costa County residents and registration is available online at www.echofairhousing.org/. Click here to learn more.

Affordable Housing Wait list Opportunities

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates: The waiting list for 1-bedroom units at Monarch Homes, located at 3268 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, will open on September 24, 2020 at 9:00 AM. Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 PM on October 1, 2020. In order to apply, the head of household must be age 62 or older. A lottery will be conducted for all applications received by the deadline. Only the top 240 applications will be placed on the waiting list for consideration. The web link to the online application will be available on September 24, 2020 here: sahahomes.org/properties/monarch-homes

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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