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New Affordable Housing Projects

Chestnut Square is a 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.

Chestnut Senior welcomed residents to the 72 affordable studio and 1-bedroom apartments in September 2019. Currently, Chestnut Square Senior waitlist is open. To be placed on the waitlist please call the Leasing Office directly at (925) 532-1601.


Chestnut Family 

About the Project:
Chestnut Square Family
 Chestnut Square Family Housing is the second phase of a mixed-income intergenerational community in the heart of the City’s North Side district, close to shopping, transit, and restaurants. Along with recently completed Chestnut Square Senior Housing, which provides 72 affordable rental apartments for seniors, Chestnut Square Family is 42 affordable rental apartments for families with shared courtyards, community gardens, and a BBQ area.

Ten of the 42 units at Chestnut Square Family have been set aside for formerly homeless households, and supportive services for those residents will be available.  There will also be 8 units with a preference for adult individuals with disabilities. All residents will have access to Family Services programming, including an after school program for youth ages K-6 in a dedicated classroom space onsite. Chestnut Family is expected to be completed late 2020.  

What's Happening at Chestnut Family now?
• The open application period for units closed on July 2020. 
• MidPen Housing is collecting full applications from households that are next on the waitlist. 
• Livermore Housing Authority administers the waitlist for the homeless units and is referring households to MidPen. East Bay Innovations is making referrals for the Section 811 units for adults with developmental disabilities.  

If you submitted a pre-application for the affordable units at Chestnut Family and would like to know more about your application, please contact the Leasing Office at (925) 532-1601.  If you submitted an application to the Livermore Housing Authority and would like more information regarding your application please contact the Livermore Housing Authority (925) 447-3600.



About the Project:
Housing Consortium of the East Bay (HCEB), in partnership with the City of Livermore, is developing 24 units of affordable, accessible housing for very low and extremely low-income households with histories of homelessness. The development will be comprised of studios and 1‐bedroom units, with one 2‐bedroom unit dedicated to an on‐site Resident Manager. 

The development will also include a 10,000 square foot commercial space consisting of a commercial kitchen, dining room, and Homeless Resource Center. The kitchen and dining room will be operated by Open Heart Kitchen, serving hot meals 5‐7 days/week for Livermore’s homeless and low‐income neighbors.  The Homeless Resource Center will provide the following services: Showers; Laundry Machines; Health Clinic; Mailboxes; Mental Health Services; and Case Management. The property is a 5‐minute walk from downtown Livermore, with services, groceries, employment opportunities, recreational activities, and public transportation in close proximity.

What's Happening at Vineyard now?
• Clothing Closet – Providing the neighborhood with free, gently used clothing
• Showers
• Monday Morning Breakfast – Providing free meals to the neighborhood
• HOPE Van – Tri-City Health Center mobile medical services, wellness checks, case management through Abode Services
• City Serve of the Tri-Valley – Outreach and Crisis intervention

About HCEB: 
Housing Consortium of the East Bay’s Mission is Creating inclusive communities for individuals with developmental disabilities or other special needs through quality affordable housing in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
HCEB Owns and Manages:
• Over 40 supportive housing properties across 2 counties
• 170 households
• 5 properties in Livermore


About the Project:
MidPen Housing in partnership with the City of Livermore, is developing 44 units of affordable, accessible housing for persons with developmental disabilities.  The development will be comprised of studios and 1‐bedroom units, with one 3‐bedroom living space located within an historic home on the property which will be rehabilitated and dedicated to an on‐site resident manager.

Avance will have a service approach to assist residents to maintain stable housing and provide an opportunity for residents to become more socially and economically independent. There will be a MidPen Service Coordinator on-site that will assist residents to access community-based services, including paratransit for day programs, medical appointments, or employment.  MidPen Resident Services will also work with the Regional Center of the East Bay assist residents to obtain individualized program plans for Independent Living Skills, Case Management Support, adult education, and advocacy. 

The development is also located within a half mile of the LAVTA Wheels 15 Bus, grocery/pharmacy services, and within a mile of the public library, and medical clinics. 
About MidPen Housing: 
MidPen Housing’s mission is to provide safe, diverse, and high-quality affordable housing that establish stability and opportunities for its  residents.

MidPen Housing owns, develops, and has rehabbed over 100 communities. The communities include: 
Single Resident Occupancy, Multifamily, Senior, and Special Needs Apartments; 
Over 100 affordable housing properties across 11 counties;  and
Two Senior and family properties in Livermore



Pacific Avenue Senior


Visit the new website to learn more about the project and to sign up to receive updates on Pacific Avenue Senior Apartments:   


About the Project:

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA), in partnership with Interfaith Housing, is developing 140 units of affordable, rental housing for seniors with a preference for Veterans. The development will be comprised of 1- and 2-bedroom units, with two 2‐bedroom unit dedicated to two on‐site resident managers.

Pacific Avenue Senior will be developed in two phases. Each phase will feature its own set of residential amenities, including community rooms, on-site management offices, social services office, lobby and mail areas, small lounges, laundry, and shared resident decks. The development will be managed by a team of SAHA staff members who will provide management, maintenance, and resident services coordination.

About Satellite Affordable Housing Associates:

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA)’s mission is to provide quality affordable homes and supportive services that empowers its people and neighborhoods.

SAHA has developed over 75 communities. The communities include:

LEED rating for all new construction developments; 
Over 4,000 residents in over 7 counties; and 
Four properties in Livermore. 


Downtown Livermore Apartments

About the Project:
Eden Housing, in partnership with the City of Livermore, is developing 130 units of workforce housing in Downtown Livermore located in the heart of downtown walking distance of public transit, restaurants, retail, and entertainment.  The project is part of the approved Downtown Plan and will offer a mix of one- and two-bedrooms for households earning no greater than 110% Area Median Income (AMI) including an estimated 62 units for households earning less than 50% AMI and 16 units targeting households earning less than 20% AMI. Downtown Livermore Apartments is still underway, and more details will be announced as it progresses.  

About Eden Housing: 
Eden Housing’s mission is to build and maintain high-quality and well management affordable housing to meet the needs of lower income households.

Eden Housing has:

Developed or acquired over 10,600 homes
Over 50 years of experience in all angles of affordable housing 
Invested in their residents and awarded over $550,000 in scholarships  


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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.

COVID-19 Rent Relief/ Alivio para Inquilinos (clic aqui)

If you or someone you know is behind on rent or utilities because of COVID-19, the Alameda County Housing Secure Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ACHS-ERAP) will help low-income renters pay past due rent or future rent and help renters get caught up on utility bills:

You can learn more and apply for COVID-19 rent relief by visiting: www.ac-housingsecure.org or by calling 211.


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