Financial Help for Berkeley Renters

Financial assistance is available for Berkeley residents who are behind on paying rent and face possible eviction. Renters can apply for one-time grants of up to $1,500 through the Housing Retention Program, which is administered by the City of Berkeley's Health, Housing and Community Services Department.

Funding is limited and a submitted application does not guarantee a grant. Eligibility requirements include:

  • A need for the grant to prevent eviction
  • Income verifiable by a third party
  • Rent cannot exceed 80% of the applicant's (household's) income
  • A dated notice of eviction which states the amount owed for back rent
  • A signed rental agreement or lease (If applicant is not on the lease, the lease holder must submit a signed, dated letter indicating the applicant's portion of the rent and rent due.)

For more information on how to apply, click on the following links: