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The Housing Division manages housing programs and policies for very-low up to moderate-income renters, home buyers, and homeowners, and that enhance our community.

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Sacramento Section 8 Voucher Wait List Opening

The Sacramento Housing Authority will be accepting Housing Choice / Section 8 Voucher wait list applications from January 16 to January 30, 2018. Please visit their website for applications and more information.

Project-Based Voucher Wait List Opening for Affordable Rental Properties:

The Contra Costa Housing Authority will be accepting pre-applications from Tuesday, January 16, 2018 10AM through Sunday, January 21, 2018 5pm for the project-based voucher units at the following properties:

1. Riviera Apartments- 1515 and 1738 Riviera Street, Walnut Creek
2. Robin Lane Apartments - 1149 Meadow Lane, Concord
3. Tabora Garden Apartments- 3701 Tabora Drive, Antioch (Senior 62 and above)
4. Hana Gardens - 10860 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito (Senior, age limit TBD)

Pre-applications can only be submitted on-line at

Deadline to submit pre-applications: Sunday, January 21, 2018 5:00PM. Please see the Contra Costa Housing Authority Flyer for more information. For questions, please contact Contra Costa Housing Authority at (925) 957-7001.

Please note the City of Walnut Creek does not accept or handle any waitlist pre-applications.

ECHO Pre-Purchase Counseling: Take advantage of this FREE opportunity to learn how to become a homeowner. ECHO is offering pre-purchase counseling on homeownership for Alameda and Contra Costa County residents. Please visit ECHO's website for more information.

Housing Programs

What is affordable housing?

In the United States, the term affordable housing is used to describe housing, rental or owner-occupied, that costs at or below 30% of one's income. California has added approximately 820,000 new jobs while only building 63,500 new homes since 2011. As a result of supply not meeting demand, housing prices have risen to the point where many low and moderate income families and households cannot afford to rent or buy a home, leading to a housing affordability crisis.

Benefits of Affordable Housing

Communities thrive when people have safe and stable housing; when they live near their jobs, good schools, and amenities; and when families can build roots and meet diverse neighbors.

Supports Economic Vitality

Affordable homes can attract and retain employees to a community,  a selling point and a competitive advantage for employers.

Reduces Congestion

Affordable homes allow the local workforce to live close to their jobs. Shorter commutes allow workers to spend more time with their families while the community benefits from a reduction in traffic congestion, air pollution, and expenditures on roads. Affordable housing residents tend to own fewer cars and drive less often.

Ensures Diversity of Housing and Residents

A healthy mix of housing options, from market-rate and affordable rental housing, single-family homes, duplexes, as well as developments for seniors, ensures opportunities for all individuals to improve their economic situation and contribute to their communities.

What is the City doing about housing affordability issues?

The City is dedicated to finding housing affordability solutions through its various policies and programs.