Welcome to the Berkeley Housing Authority site at the City of Berkeley, CA.
The Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) was estabilished on December 20, 1966. BHA provides rental assistance to a total of 1,939 units through the Section 8 and Moderate Rehabilitation Program. It is governed by a 7-member Housing Authority Board.
Yes, Berkeley? - A great place to live, work and raise a family. Berkeley is a city with a small population and a big reputation. In California alone, there are more than 30 cities bigger than Berkeley. In Alameda County, Berkeley is ranked fourth in population behind Oakland, Fremont, and Hayward. And yet, we are famous around the globe as a center for academic achievement, scientific exploration, free speech and the arts. [more...]
Customer Care. - Your opinion and observations are important. Use this link for instructions on how you can share your thoughts, compliments and concerns: [more...]
PG&E CARE/FERA Application - Berkeley Housing Authority is a CARE/FERA Community Outreach Contractor with PG&E. CARE/FERA are provides up to a 20% discount on your monthly energy bill. The program has income qualifications - please see the application for details. [more...]
Payment Standards, Income Limits, and Utility Allowance - Tenants are not required to pay more than 40 percent of the income as rent. The maximum rent shown below is set by payment standards. We understand your participation in the Section 8 Program is a business endeavor, and your rents need to keep pace with current market conditions. The rent must be reasonable – comparable to rents for similar unassisted unites. If the rent approved for a unit equals the Payment Standard, the family will not receive an allowance for any tenant paid utilities. If the rent demanded is greater than the Payment Standard for the unit size, you will become subject to registration and payment of registration fees to the Rent Board and the unit will also be covered by many provisions of the Berkeley Rent Control Ordinance. In addition, the rent you will be able to collect will most likely be the most recent Payment Standard plus Rent Control increases and NOT the market rent you are seeking.
The Housing Authority would continue to pay the amount below as a maximum, but tenants may choose either to pay the amount of the increase or relocate to a more affordable unit using their voucher. [more...]
Berkeley Housing Authority Forms & Information - All forms are in a Acrobat (PDF) format which is a standard file format. The Acrobat software is available from Adobe FREE of charge HERE. [more...]
Section 8 Wait List - [more...]
BHA Office Closure Dates and Calendars - Calendar 2015 [more...]
Get assistance with bills and other expenses in Oakland & Alameda County - If you reside in the Oakland area of Alameda County, the Oakland Community Action Partnership is a public agency that does its best to ensure that all citizens have fair and equal access to services and resources to help them through difficult times. They also have information on resources, services and agencies that they can refer individuals to that they can use to get long term assistance. Read below or click on link for more information: [more...]
Free Cell Phones Available to Low-Income Individuals - Free Cell Phone Available to Low-Income Individuals through Federal Lifeline Program [more...]
No Smoking Ordinance in Berkeley - Smoking Law Affects All Berkeley Multi-Unit Housing [more...]