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Rental Assistance

   City of Livermore Affordable Rental Program

Current Affordable Rental Opportunities:

NEW! Affordable Rental Opportunity in the Positano Villas Development  - APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOW CLOSED!   

If you would like to be notified in the future of Affordable Rental Opportunities in the Tri-Valley area, including Livermore, please add your contact information to the City's Affordable Housing Interest List. We will notify you as affordable rental opportunities become available. Please note: This is not a 'wait list'; it is an Interest List only.

Tri-Valley Affordable Rental Housing Opportunities Guide

This 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 Affordable Rental Housing Opportunities Guide. 

Section 8 Program

In Livermore, the Section 8 program is administered by the Livermore Housing Authority (LHA) located at 3203 Leahy Way, 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

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

In the early 1970s the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) created the Section 8 Program. The Livermore Housing Authority administers the program within the Livermore City limits by contracting with private landlords to make rental housing available for families with incomes at or below 80% of the Area Median Income*. The Livermore Housing Authority makes rental payment to owners, performing annual inspections, and conducts tenant income re-examinations.

Tri-Valley Housing Scholarship Program

The City of Livermore, in collaboration with the City of Pleasanton and Abode Services, 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 or by calling (925) 373-5313.

Project Independence Program

Project Independence (PI) 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 or by calling (510) 739 1945 x207.

Rental Assistance Program (RAP)

ECHO Housing, a Bay Area nonprofit agency, also provides a limited Rental Assistance Program (RAP). The program provides assistance with move-in costs or helps residents 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). 

Shared Housing Counseling and Placement Program

ECHO's Shared Housing Counseling and Placement program includes referral and matching services, counseling on shared living, supportive services, and referrals.  Educational workshops on shared living are also provided. 

Public Housing – Leahy Square


The Housing Authority of the City of Livermore will begin accepting applications on January 2, 2015 from those interested in being placed on a WAIT LIST for the 3, 4, and 5-bedroom units in the Leahy Square public housing complex. These units will be affordable to low-income households. Click here for more information. 

Originally built as military housing, Leahy Square 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 interest please contact Livermore Housing Authority at (925) 447-3600 x214.

Affordable and Transitional Housing

Transitional housing units are for women with children that are homeless or have been in a battered situation. Candidates are selected from shelters, and must complete a training program at the shelter. There is a contract for up to years. A transitional tenant must set goals and work towards finding private housing within two years.


Assistance is available for Veterans with families. Click here

Apartment Complexes

Looking for multi-family apartment complexes? This is a list of most multi-family apartment complexes within the City of Livermore.

Senior Housing Resources

City of Livermore Senior Living Resources webpage

For other non-related housing and resources for seniors that you may find helpful:
Senior Living webpage
New Lifestyles webpage

Fair Housing

Counseling, Education and Mediation

ECHO's Fair Housing Counseling Program conducts site investigations and enforcement in response to reports of housing discrimination complaints, performs audit-based investigations to determine degrees of housing discrimination existing in designated areas, and provides fair housing education for members of the housing industry including managers, owners, realtors.

ECHO's Tenant/Landlord Counseling Program provides information to tenants and landlords in Southern Alameda County, the Cities of Alameda and Oakland on their housing rights and responsibilities. Additionally, ECHO has trained mediators to assist in resolving housing disputes through conciliation and mediation. The primary objective of the program is to build awareness of housing laws and prevent homelessness.

ECHO's Shared Housing Counseling and Placement program includes referral and matching services, counseling on shared living, supportive services, and referrals.  Educational workshops on shared living are also provided. 

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, oryou have questions about your rights, contact ECHO Housing at 510-581-9380 or 925-449-7340.

Tenants and Landlords Rights and Responsibilities

The California Tenants  booklet is written by the Department of Consumer Affairs' Legal Affairs Division and 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.