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How to Find Affordable Housing

The City is dedicated to providing affordable rental housing opportunities for low and moderate income households. To be notified when rental housing opportunities become available, sign up to our Affordable Housing Interest List.

Start with the Affordable Rental Housing Guide. It offers in-depth information on affordable housing and a list of affordable complexes in the Tri-Valley area (Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, and Danville).

  • How do I know if I qualify for an affordable unit?
    You may qualify if you have a gross income that falls within the applicable income guidelines of the housing you are applying for. Some apartments for example, serve households who are 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI) or below. In order to determine your AMI income category, follow the instructions on page 3-5 of the Affordable Rental Housing Guide. Once you know your income category you can use the rental housing chart on pages 7-20 to search for complexes that offer housing in your income category.
  • How do I know what each apartment complex offers?
    The rental housing chart on pages 7-20 checks off the types of housing available at each complex. The check marks will show if the property is 62+yrs only, if it accepts Section 8, or if it has accessible units. The chart also specifies the amountof BMR units in each complex.
  • What about wait-lists?
    You need to call or visit the webiste of each site to find out about their waitlist. Since demand for affordable housing is high and supply is low, most properties have very long waitlists. Often the waitlists are closed and rarely open up for people to apply. Try to get on as many waitlists as you can, and monitor when a waitlist might open up
  • Senior Rental Housing
    The Affordable Rental Housing Guide lists affordable apartments in the Tri-Valley Area. The housing charts on pages 7-20 specify which complexes are specifically designed for seniors.

Emergency Rent GAP Assistance Program  (GAP) - Administered by ECHO Housing  Flyer |  Program Description

The Emergency Rent Gap Assistance Program 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. 

Rental Assistance Program (RAP) - Administered by ECHO Housing

A grant to assist residents living in Livermore with move-in costs or delinquent rent due to a temporary financial setback. You may be able to qualify if you are a family with children, elderly, permanently disabled, emancipated foster youth, a veteran, a victim of domestic violence, or a pregnant woman in her second trimester or later, and are:

- Seeking assistance with security deposit- You must be an Alameda resident for least 6 months and you must have located affordable housing and been approved for it; or
- Seeking assistance with delinquent rent- You must have a letter or some other notice from the landlord stating that you are behind on your rent.  Echo Housing can help in creating a repayment schedule for outstanding rent or move-in costs with landlords and offer a guarantee of repayment.

 To apply, contact ECHO Housing via email at contact@echofairhousing.org or by phone at 855-275-3246.

Project Share - Administered by ECHO Housing

Helps formulate housemate agreements between home seekers and home providers. Some participants provide services in exchange for full or partial rent. The following program services are free to Livermore home seekers or home providers:

  1. Referrals & Matching - These services include registration and gathering information on housing needs, lifestyles, and preferences. Project SHARE will conduct background checks and seek references from all applicants in the program.
  2. Counseling - Available for fair housing and tenant/landlord questions.
  3. Support Services - Can help formulate housemate agreements between home seekers and home providers. 
  4.  Workshops - People interested in meeting others in the program, to learn more about home sharing can attend, ask questions, and decide if home sharing will meet their needs.

To learn more and apply for any of these Rental Assistance Programs, contact ECHO HOUSING at (925) 449-7340. 

Or visit them at:
The Housing Services Center
141 N. Livermore Ave.
Livermore, CA 94550
Email: contact@echofairhousing.org
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 2pm


Additional Rental Assistance Programs are available to help Alameda County 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.

  • Fair Housing 
    The Housing and Human Services Division contracts ECHO Housing, a non-profit housing counseling organization to protect the housing and tenant rights of our community members. ECHO is committed to ending discrimination in housing by providing counseling, investigation, mediation, enforcement, and education through our Fair Housing Program. The Counselors conduct site investigations and enforcement in response to reports of housing discrimination complaints.  

If you have experienced or witnessed discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, mental or physical disability, children, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, source of income, or any other arbitrary characteristic, please call or visit ECHO Housing (see below). 

  • Landlord & Tenants 
    If you have questions regarding your rights or responsibilities on issues such as: repairs, rent increases, deposits, evictions, 3-day notices, etc. ECHO Housing can help. The primary objective of the program is to build awareness of housing laws and prevent homelessness. Additionally, ECHO has trained mediators to assist in resolving housing disputes through conciliation and mediation.

  • Tenant Protection Act (AB 1482) 
    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.  The new law went into effect January 1, 2020, and it expires on January 1, 2030. The rent cap provisions of AB-1482 are retroactive from March, 15, 2019. To learn more about the Tenant Protection Act and for answers to frequently asked questions click here

For more information or if you have questions regarding tenant rights and/or landlord rights, contact:

The Housing Services Center
141 N. Livermore Ave.
Livermore, CA 94550
Phone: (925) 449-7340
Email: contact@echofairhousing.org
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 2pm



Chestnut Square

Chestnut Square is mixed-income, multi-generational residential development of 114 affordable senior and family rental units and 44 market-rate for-sale housing townhomes.  MidPen Housing will build and operate the two affordable apartment complexes; Chestnut Square Family and Chestnut Square Senior. To learn more about the project, click here.  To be notified of either property's open application, sign up on MidPen's Interest List and/or the City's Interest List.

  • Chestnut Square Senior welcomed residents to the 72 affordable studio and 1-bedroom apartments in September 2019. Rents range from $610 - $1,308* for low-, very low-, and extremely low- income seniors. Currently, Chestnut Square Senior waitlist is open. To be placed on the waitlist please call the Leasing Office directly at (925) 532-1601.

  • Chestnut Square Family is a 42-unit (1, 2, & 3-bedrooms) affordable rental project expected to be completed late 2020.  Information regarding the application process will be available in April 2020.  Check back regularly for online updates.  Be sure to sign up on the City's Affordable Housing Interest List to receive email updates when details regarding the application process become available. 


Avancé a semi-independent affordable residential rental community for 44 individuals  with special needs  (Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy), with incomes between 20% and 50% of the area median income.  The community, managed by MidPen Housing Corporation, will have an on-site property manager 24/7, community activities and amenities. Rents are expected to be between $340 and $780. To learn more about this community please click here. If you're interested in being notified of this and other rental opportunities, please sign up on the Interest List