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


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Events: Workshops and Webinars

Changing the Narrative of Homeownership, Presented by Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services
December 12, 2020 from 9am to 3pm, Virtual Event
Please join us for an informative day where you will meet and hear from lenders and other real estate experts who will help you work toward achieving your homeownership goals.
To register, click here.

Affordable Housing Wait list Opportunities

Oakland, The Skyline at Temescal: The waiting list for 45 units located near the MacArthur BART Station in Oakland is current accepting applications. Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2020, 5:00 PM. For more information about these units and to download an application, please the Alameda County Affordable Housing Portal at https://housing.acgov.org/listings.

November 2020 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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