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Berkeley Housing Authority
1936 University Avenue, Suite 150, Berkeley, CA 94704
TEL: (510) 981-5470, FAX: (510) 704-0581
Office Hours: Mon-Thur 8:15am-4:30 pm (Closed every Fri), Email:


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Welcome to the Berkeley Housing Authority site at the City of Berkeley, CA.

 The Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) was estabilished in 1966.  BHA provides rental assistance to a total of 1,939 low-income households units through the Section 8 and Moderate Rehabilitation Program.   It is governed by a 7-member  Housing Authority Board.

Office Closure Effective March 17, 2020 -

The Berkeley Housing Authority Office is closed to the public until further notice.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered residents to shelter in place, leaving only for essential needs. Most City facilities are closed to the public. Read the latest changes to City services and COVID-19 information from Berkeley Public Health.


Eviction Moratorium - The Eviction Moratorium established through the CARES Act is set to expire on July 24, 2020. As of today, we have not received any communication that Congress plans on extending the eviction moratorium. However, the State of California recently issued an [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...]

BHA Office Closure Dates and Calendars - THE OFFICE IS CLOSED FOR LUNCH FROM 12-1 P.M. [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...]

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...]

No Smoking Ordinance in Berkeley - Smoking Law Affects All Berkeley Multi-Unit Housing [more...]

Free Computers for Low Income Residents of Alameda County and Marin County - Please click here 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...]

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...]

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...]

Section 8 Wait List -   [more...]

U.S. Census Update - The U.S.Census Bureau has mailed instructions on how torespond to the Census online.   The link to take the online census is: Anyone can also choose to complete the Census over the phone with a Census Questionnaire Assistance representative by calling 1-844-330-2020.Language guides and videos for over 50 languages plus American Sign Language are available  [more...]

Bill Wilkins, Executive Director - It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we share with you that our Exectuive Director for three years, William (Bill) Wilkins, passed after illness on August 7, 2019. Many of you had gotten to know Bill through your participation in our programs, and will share in missing him.  The Board has appointed Jesy Yturralde, Finance Manager, as Acting Executive Director, while a search for new leadership has begun.  The important work of affordable housing which Bill endeavored in professionally throughout his career will continue at BHA during and of course, after the transition.   [more...]

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