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Workforce Housing Rental Program

The Workforce Housing Rental Program (WFHRP) offers affordable rental opportunities to households with incomes up to 120% AMI with preference given to households working in the City of Livermore.  Participants in the WFHRP must meet income and eligibility requirements found in the WFHRP Program Guidelines below. The City-owned properties in this program are located within the Station Square development on Railroad Avenue.  A property management company is utilized to market the units, screen the applicants based on the established City Program Guidelines, and handle on-going property management operations. To be notified of future Workforce Housing rental opportunities, please add your contact information to the Affordable Housing Interest List.

Station Square - CLOSED 

The City currently has two, 3-bedroom townhouse-style condominiums for rent at $2,300 per month under the Workforce Housing Rental Program. 

Affordable Rental Housing Program

Positano Villas - CLOSED

The City is currently accepting pre-applications from lower income (80% AMI) households for an opportunity to rent a 2-bedroom townhouse in the Positano Villas under the City's Affordable Rental Housing Program. Rent $1,530.

March 2016 Rental Application Process UPDATE:

The open application period closed on March 31, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. A total of 129 applications were received; 44 for the two Station Square units and  85 for the Positano Villas unit. A lottery style drawing was held on April 5, 2016 to provide a ranking order in which applications will be screened.

 

Applications under Review

(Ranking No.s)

Number of Applications Approved

Positano Villas

One (2-bedroom)

4-40

0

Station Square

Two (3-bedrooms)

7-30

0

 

Other affordable rental housing outside of Livermore

South Hayward Senior & Family is now accepting applications for 150 affordable senior and family apartments (1, 2, and 3 bedrooms) until April 29, 2016 at 4:00pm. Units will be available in mid-June in Hayward. Applicants who reside or are employed in Hayward will be given preference. See the flyer for more information.

BMR Rental Opportunities in Pleasanton are now available. Essex Development and the City of Pleasanton announce the availability of 38 Below Market Rent Apartments located in the Galloway development (4863 Willow Road, Pleasanton, CA 94588). A pre-application process will be administered by Essex development and the City to determine the screening order in which full applications will be considered for the Below Market Rent units. The application period is currently open and will close on Friday, May 6, 2016. View more information on the City's Housing Division webpage here. Informational Sessions will be held at the Pleasanton Senior Center (5353 Sunol Blvd.) on the following dates/times: Monday, April 18th from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 21st from 10:30 – 11:30 am. Seating capacity is limited.

South Hayward BART Family & Senior Communities is an Eden Housing project currently in development in Hayward. Eden Housing is partnering with AMCAL Housing to develop a mixed income community near the South Hayward BART station. Eden Housing will develop 151 units of affordable housing for families and seniors. The estimated completion date is June 2016. For more information, click here.

Dublin Family Apartments is a 66-unit rental affordable housing development in Dublin near the West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station and targeted for U.S. veterans and their families. The estimated completion date is January 2017. For more information about this development, click here.

Affordable Housing Resources

The Tri-Valley Rental Housing Opportunities Guide provides listings of affordable housing-related services in the Tri-Valley area, including fair housing resources, listings by area of affordable rental units in the Tri-Valley area, and information regarding emergency housing and resources available to Tri-Valley residents. Click here to download the Tri-Valley Rental Housing Opportunities Guide.

The Livermore Section 8 Program is administered by the Livermore Housing Authority (LHA) located at 3203 Leahy Way in Livermore. The LHA currently receives funding to subsidize rents for approximately 750 households in Livermore. Most of the Section 8 assistance provided by the LHA is in the form of certificates and vouchers. Under the certificate program, the tenant pays 30% of the gross monthly household income for rent, while the balance is subsidized up to a maximum set by the government. Voucher beneficiaries pay a slightly higher rent, but the amount of subsidy can also be increased to cover a higher total rent. Information on the Section 8 program can be obtained from the Livermore Housing Authority, 3203 Leahy Way, Livermore, CA. 94550 (tel. 925-447-3600). View their website at www.livermorehousingauthority.com

Open Section 8 and Public Housing waitlists can be found here: http://affordablehousingonline.com/open-section-8-waiting-lists

The Tri-Valley Housing Scholarship Program is a collaborative effort between the City of Livermore, the City of Pleasanton, and Abode Services which provides housing support to low-income individuals and families that are enrolled in educational and job training programs and will secure employment at the end of that training. To find out more about this program please visit Abode Services website at www.abodeservices.org or by calling (925) 373-5313.

The Project Independence (PI) Program is a model program that enables former foster youth to make a safe and successful transition to adulthood. The PI Team assist youth to gain the skills to live independently by providing subsidized housing, combined with a network of supportive services, for a period of two years. For more information please contact Abode Services at http://www.abodeservices.org/ or by calling (510) 739 1945 x207.

Public Housing at Leahy Square was originally built as military housing but was converted to public housing in 1944. Tenants pay 30% of their income towards rent. The Livermore Housing Authority is responsible for the management and maintenance of the property. If you are interested in housing at Leahy Square, please contact Livermore Housing Authority at (925) 447-3600 x214.

Mercy Housing is a national nonprofit organization which participates in the development, preservation, management and/or financing of affordable, program-enriched housing across the country. Mercy Housing provides affordable housing for families, seniors, and people with special needs as well as practical resident programs such as health classes, financial education, employment initiatives, parenting and after-school programs for children. A link to their website can be found here.

Housing CHOICES is a collaborative housing information and education effort focused on expanding housing choices for low-income Alameda County residents. Their website offers a searchable database with a range of different types of housing opportunities. The site also contains other useful information and resources related to finding and keeping a home.

Resources for Community Development creates and preserves affordable housing for residents of Alameda and Solano Counties. For more information about their projects, click here.

Apartment complexes in Livermore.  This is a list of larger, multi-family apartment complexes within the City of Livermore which can be found HERE. Many of these complexes are market-rate complexes and do not offer affordable rentals. If you are looking for affordable rental complexes, please see the Tri-Valley Housing Rental Housing Guide.

Financial Assistance

The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) is a program offered by ECHO Housing, a Bay Area nonprofit agency. The program provides assistance with move-in costs or help with delinquent rent due to a temporary financial setback. ECHO helps by arranging a guaranteed repayment contract between the tenant and the landlord. Financial assistance is subject to the availability of funds. Information on this program can be obtained from ECHO Housing, 3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore, CA 94550 (tel. 925-449-7340). 

Eligible applicants are:
   - Families with children
   - Elderly persons
   - Permanently disabled persons
   - Emancipated foster youth
   - Veterans
   - Victims of domestic violence
   - Pregnant women in their second trimester or later

Season of Sharing (SOS) is a private fund providing one-time crisis-based assistance for housing and critical family needs to Alameda County residents. Grants are based not only on criteria being met, but also on merit and the greatest need. Assistance is not guaranteed.

The Alameda County SOS program partners with community-based organizations on a limited basis and occasionally offers training sessions for caseworkers. Inquiries from agencies interested in becoming a Season of Sharing community partner may be sent to sos@acgov.org.

Eligible applicants are:
   - Families with children under 18 living in the home
   - Elderly individuals over the age of 60
   - Individuals with permanent, medically verified disabilities

 

Resources for Veterans

Abode Services provides assistance to veterans with families. For more information, click here.

The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) is a program offered by ECHO Housing, a Bay Area nonprofit agency. The program provides assistance with move-in costs or help with delinquent rent due to a temporary financial setback. ECHO helps by arranging a guaranteed repayment contract between the tenant and the landlord. Financial assistance is subject to the availability of funds. Information on this program can be obtained from ECHO Housing, 3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore, CA 94550 (tel. 925-449-7340). 

Season of Sharing (SOS) is a private fund providing one-time crisis-based assistance for housing and critical family needs to Alameda County residents. Grants are based not only on criteria being met, but also on merit and the greatest need. Assistance is not guaranteed.

The Alameda County SOS program partners with community-based organizations on a limited basis and occasionally offers training sessions for caseworkers. Inquiries from agencies interested in becoming a Season of Sharing community partner may be sent to sos@acgov.org.

Laguna Commons in Fremont will be accepting applications for affordable units for individuals, families, and veterans until March 25, 2016. here More information on applications, rates, and available units can be found by clicking.

Dublin Family Apartments is a 66-unit rental affordable housing development in Dublin near the West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station and targeted for U.S. veterans and their families. The estimated completion date is January 2017. For more information about this development, click here.

 

Resources for Seniors

The City of Livermore Senior Living Resources webpage provides information about local services available to Livermore seniors. Click here for more information.

The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) is a program offered by ECHO Housing, a Bay Area nonprofit agency. The program provides assistance with move-in costs or help with delinquent rent due to a temporary financial setback. ECHO helps by arranging a guaranteed repayment contract between the tenant and the landlord. Financial assistance is subject to the availability of funds. Information on this program can be obtained from ECHO Housing, 3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore, CA 94550 (tel. 925-449-7340). 

South Hayward BART Family & Senior Communities is an Eden Housing project currently in development in Hayward. Eden Housing is partnering with AMCAL Housing to develop a mixed income community near the South Hayward BART station. Eden Housing will develop 151 units of affordable housing for families and seniors. The estimated completion date is June 2016. For more information, click here.

SeniorAdvisor.com provides a useful search engine for available assisted living units for seniors in Livermore. Click here

New LifeStyles is a website that provides information on where to find senior communities and care providers. Click here.

Fair Housing Counseling, Education, and Mediation

The Fair Housing Counseling Program provided by ECHO Housing conducts site investigations in response to reports of housing discrimination complaints, conducts rental housing audits to determine degrees of housing discrimination existing in designated areas, and provides educational seminars for members of the housing industry (managers, owners, realtors, etc.). ECHO staff serves unincorporated and urban Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and the Cities of Alameda, Antioch, Concord, Cupertino, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Pleasanton, Richmond, San Leandro, Union City, and Walnut Creek.

The Tenant/Landlord Counseling Program provided by ECHO Housing offers  information to tenants and landlords in unincorporated and urban Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and the Cities of Alameda, Antioch, Hayward, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Union City, and Walnut Creek on their housing rights and responsibilities. The primary objective of the program is to build awareness of housing laws and attempt mediation to preserve housing, when appropriate.

NOTE: It is illegal for any housing provider to discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, physical handicap, marital status, sexual preference, or religion. If you have been unlawfully discriminated against, or you have questions about your rights, contact ECHO Housing at 510-581-9380 or 925-449-7340.

The Shared Housing Counseling and Placement Program provided by ECHO Housing offers referral and matching services, counseling on shared living, supportive services, and referrals for all residents of Livermore and Pleasanton.  Educational workshops on shared living are also provided. 

ECHO's Homeseeking Program offers basic tips on looking for and finding rentals and provides referrals to available housing in the area.

Information about Tenant and Landlord Rights and Responsibilities can be found in the California Tenants booklet. This booklet written by the Department of Consumer Affairs' Legal Affairs Division is a practical resource for both tenants and landlords. Information about rental applications, unlawful discrimination, security deposits, repair responsibilities, rent increases, termination of leases, and eviction notices is contained therein.

 

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