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 to view a summary of the policies identified in the Strategy.

Click to 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


Events and Workshops

Fair Housing Training – Fri., February 16 @ 10AM: Housing providers, renters and others are invited to this free training to learn more about fair housing rights/laws . Click here to register or visit www.echofairhousing.org

First-Time Homebuyer Workshop – Sat., March 2 @ 9am: If you are considering homeownership, join ECHO Housing to learn more about your credit, budgeting, and financing. Click here to register or visit www.echofairhousing.org.

CALHFAThe California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) is ramping up for the launch of their Dream For All Shared Appreciation Loan Program (DFA). DFA is designed for income eligible first-generation homebuyers who will occupy the property as their primary residence by providing a down payment assistance loan up to $150,000 or 20% of the sales price, whichever is less. The DFA program will be begin accepting pre-registration applications in April 2024. Click here for more information or visit www.calhfa.ca.gov/dream.


Maudelle Miller Shirek Community, 2925 Adeline Street, BerkeleyApplications for this 87-unit affordable project will open between January 29 – February 12, 2023. Apply on the Alameda County Housing Portal starting January 29 and submit by February 12, 2024 at 5:00 pm. Learn more about the Maudelle Miller Shirek Community, including available units, rent, and income limits.

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates has waitlist openings for properties in Berkeley and Walnut Creek. Please visit www.sahahomes.org/apply for application information.

Click to view February 2024 Affordable Housing Opportunities– All Bay Area Counties (Courtesy of www.openhousesf.org)

Alameda County Housing Portal: Click here or visit https://housing.acgov.org/listings

San Francisco Housing Portal: Click here or visit https://housing.sfgov.org/

Eskaton Hazel Shirley Manor, 11025 San Pablo Ave (Senior Housing), El Cerrito - Click for Waitlist Application

Ohlone Gardens Apartments: 6495 Portola Drive, El Cerrito : The waitlist for Ohlone Gardens is currently open. Click here to apply online. Paper applications are also available at the leasing office at 6495 Portola Drive. For additional assistance, please contact 510-526-4000; TTY 415-345-4470 or ohlone@jsco.net.

The Village at Town Center: 6410 Schmidt Lane, El Cerrito: There are three one-bedroom units available to moderate-income households renting for $1,850 per month. Click here for more information.

The East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALC) currently has waitlist openings for several properties in the East Bay. Please visit https://ebaldc.org/how-to-apply/ to learn more. 

Click for Home Match, Contra Costa County: Find an affordable home in the community you love with Home Match. Browse their Available Rooms Catalogs for Contra Costa, Alameda, Marin, and San Francisco. If you see something of interest, contact Home Match at 925-956-7385 or homematchcontracosta@frontporch.net.

Click to subscribe to our Community Development e-Newsletter and learn about future affordable housing opportunities.


Click below to learn how to access homeless services or call 211.





Are you or someone you know a Veteran experiencing homelessness? If so, Insight Housing provides Supportive Services for Veteran Families located in Contra Costa County. Please call 925-957-6042 or visit www. www.insighthousing.org for more information.



Click to visit Contra Costa Housing Services Collaborative, which offers comprehensive housing services, including tenant/landlord counseling as well as fair housing to County residents at no cost. For legal consultation or representation, please contact Centro Legal at CCTR@centrolegal.org or 510-437-1554.

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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