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Chestnut Square Family Affordable Rentals

How to Apply for the 23 affordable units

Chestnut Square Family Apartments, located at 1665 Chestnut Street, is a 42-unit (1, 2, & 3-bedrooms) affordable rental project expected to be completed in October 2020.  There will be 23 affordable units, 10 units with a preference for homeless households, and 8 units with a preference for adult individuals with disabilities. 


MidPen Housing will begin accepting pre-applications for the 23 affordable units beginning Monday, June 22nd thru Monday, July 13th at 5:00PM.  Please see the attached flyers (English & Spanish) for basic information and visit the MidPen Housing website to access the online pre-application portal, download a paper application, and access tenant selection criteria and frequently asked questions:


Online Pre-Application Portal


Paper applications can be picked-up from and delivered to the Chestnut Senior Apartment rental office (1651 Chestnut Street). All applications must be submitted through the online portal, or received at the office before the deadline of Monday, July 13th at 5:00 pm.


How to apply for the 10 units designated for Homeless Households 
To apply for one of these 10 units, interested households must submit a completed pre-application and Homeless Verification Form with the Livermore Housing Authority.  Beginning July 15th at 8:30am you may download the application and verification form* here. You may also pick up an application at the Livermore Housing Authority (address below). 


Livermore Housing Authority Announcement   


 Applications will only be accepted between July 20th at 8:30 AM through July 23rd at 5:30 PM.  Applications can be submitted by: 


Mail to: 
Livermore Housing Authority 
ATTN: Chestnut Waitlist 
3203 Leahy Way
Livermore, CA 94550 
Note: applications postmarked but not received by July 23, 2020 will not be accepted


In-Person Drop Box: 
3203 Leahy Way
Livermore, CA 94550  
(Office Lobby) from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday. 


Email To: apply@livermoreha.org


If you have additional questions, please email housing@cityoflivermore.net.


Financial Rental Assistance Programs
Rental assistance programs are available to help residents pay their rent when they are experiencing decreased income due to the COVID-19 emergency.  For a full list of financial assistance programs, see the Housing and Human Services Resource Guide.

The Emergency Rent Gap Assistance Program (GAP) is now accepting applications. This is a one-time 0% interest loan offered to Livermore residents that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency who are unable to complete their rent but who are otherwise in good standing on their current lease.  The assistance will cover one month's rent, up to $2500, and will be available to households who earn no more than 80% of the area median income based on household size. To apply, contact ECHO Housing via email at contact@echofairhousing.org or by phone at 855-275-3246.


Understanding Tenant Rights 

California's Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB 1482), provides limits on rent increases, evictions for cause, and protections for tenants holding Section 8 vouchers.  To learn more about the Tenant Protection Act and for answers to frequently asked questions click here or call ECHO Housing at 855-ASK-ECHO 



Free Legal Assistance for Seniors 

During the COVID-19 shelter-in-place, Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS) will now be providing over the phone legal consultations at no cost to tenants 60 years and older who are experiencing housing issues and/or have received a notice from their Landlord.  To book a phone appointment, call (510) 832-3040.  



COVID-19 Housing and Human Services Resource Guide

This resource guide has been created by the Housing and Human Services Division to serve as a comprehensive list of housing related resources for renters, homeowners, and landlords who have been impacted by the COVID-19 emergency.  The resource guide also provides information on local supportive services such as emergency shelters, support programs, legal services, employment services and even ways people can help local organizations assisting our community.



Eviction Moratorium on Residential and Commercial Evictions

The City established a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions resulting from loss of income, increased medical expenses, or childcare needs related to COVID-19. This moratorium was initially established on March 25, 2020 and then amended to expand eligibility on April 2, 2020. This moratorium was then amended a second time on May 5, 2020. The second amended order expands the moratorium for commercial tenancies (including self-storage) and commercial rental agreements, and establishes that the Alameda County amended Ordinance adopted April 28, 2020 governs the protections provided to residential tenants and homeowners in Livermore. In order to maintain consistency with the protections for residential tenants and homeowners in Livermore, the City will allow the amended county ordinance to govern Livermore residential evictions at this time.  As such, all Livermore residential tenants, homeowners, and landlords should review the County’s amended ordinance, which can be found here

FAQ's - Alameda County COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium

The City's Housing Hotline assists tenants and landlords with questions regarding the City of Livermore’s temporary moratorium on evictions due to the COVID-19 crisis. (925) 960-4580 | housing@cityoflivermore.net  (Hablamos Español)



Grand Opening of Chestnut Square Senior

(Article written by MidPen Housing)* 

On Thursday February 27th, Livermore Mayor John Marchand joined other city and county leaders to celebrate the Grand Opening of Chestnut Square Senior Apartments, an affordable rental apartment community developed by MidPen Housing.

Chestnut Square Senior Housing represents the completion of the first phase of a longtime vision to transform a previously underutilized site into a vibrant intergenerational community where people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds will live with easy access to public transportation and many community amenities, both onsite and nearby.

“This is an incredibly exciting day!” said John Marchand, Mayor of the City of Livermore. “We get to celebrate the transformation of this site that is now home to more than 70 senior households who can breathe easy knowing that they’ll be able to stay in the community where they’ve raised their families and built their lives. And we get to see the progress being made on soon-to-be homes for many of our city’s working families. Still, we know there is more to do to ensure that all of our residents have a quality home they can afford.”

Chestnut Square Senior Apartments provides 71 rental apartment homes affordable to low-income seniors, including five apartments set aside for formerly homeless households. As evidence of the immense need for affordable housing among Livermore’s senior population, MidPen received nearly 650 applications over 2 weeks during the two week application period. Today there are more than 500 on the waitlist.

On an adjacent site, Chestnut Square Family Housing, also being developed by MidPen, is currently under construction and will provide 42 affordable workforce apartment homes for families. Shared open spaces, including a courtyard and BBQ area, will help connect the two communities and be enjoyed by residents from both. The mixed-income 4.31 acre community will also include 44 for-sale market rate townhomes currently being built by Taylor Morrison.

“We’re honored to partner with the City on their vision to incorporate affordable housing as an integral part of their town center,” said Matthew O. Franklin, President and CEO of MidPen Housing. “This is a tremendous model for infill development and shows what can be accomplished through visionary city leadership.”

Chestnut Square Senior Housing provides 69 one-bedroom and 2 studio apartments for seniors age 62 and over who earn up to 60% of Area Media Income which is $43, 860 for a single person household. Residents enjoy many onsite amenities including a community room, computer lab, fitness studio, crafts room, bike storage and an outdoor rooftop patio. There is also a manager’s unit onsite.

Through a network of third-party providers. MidPen Services, an affiliate of MidPen Housing, coordinates a broad array of onsite programs designed to enhance wellness, promote mobility, and keep the senior residents connected and engaged in their community. These include health fairs, nutrition workshops, financial capabilities courses, cognitive stimulation, social activities, lifelong learning opportunities, as well as connection to community resources.

MidPen Property Management provides onsite professional property management.

Financing for Chestnut Square Senior Housing was provided by the City of Livermore, the Housing Authority of the City of Livermore, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, the California Community Reinvestment Corporation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco AHP Program, and Wells Fargo.

*MidPen Housing (February, 2020).Mixed Income Inter-generational Affordable Housing Opens in the Heart of Livemore. Retrieved from: https://www.midpen-housing.org/news-and-media/press-releases/mixed-income-intergenerational-affordable-housing-opens-in-the-heart-of-livermore/