City of Berkeley Housing Retention Program
Frequently Asked Questions

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The purpose of the program is to prevent Berkeley residents from being evicted and becoming homeless due to a temporary financial setback that has prevented them from paying rent.  

An application may be approved for up to $2,000 per household annually.

No, the grant can only be used to pay back rent owed that is causing the eviction.

No, you do not have to be employed to receive a grant, but your monthly income must be able to pay for your monthly expenses on an ongoing basis.  

The City of Berkeley previously funded a homelessness prevention program provided by ECHO. The Housing Retention Program provides assistance for similar needs (help paying rent owed) but has been redesigned to integrate with services provided by Berkeley community-based agencies.

There are agencies that provide assistance with paying deposits and back rent to Alameda County residents.  For more information contact Eden Information and Referral at 2-1-1.  2-1-1 is a free, non-emergency, confidential, 3-digit phone number and service that provides easy access to housing, critical health and human services information.  If 2-1-1 is currently unavailable on your phone, call 888-886-9660. 

The City’s Rent Stabilization Board regulates residential rent increases in the City and protects against unlawful rent increases and evictions for qualifying rental units.  The Rent Board can be reached at 981-RENT (981-7368). 

The East Bay Community Law Center’s Housing Program provides eviction defense.  EBCLC provides more than 100 Tenant Workshops each year. EBCLC also directs the Low-Income Eviction Project, providing direct legal assistance at the Alameda County Courthouse two days a week to tenants facing imminent evictions.  Contact 548-4040.

Call 981-CITY (981-2489).


Application Process