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Berkeley Housing Authority
1936 University Avenue, Suite 150, Berkeley, CA 94704
TEL: (510) 981-5470, TDD: (510) 981-5485, FAX: (510) 981-5480
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 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.

Job opening: Executive Director position - Please click here for more information [more...]


County of Alameda DRAFT Regional Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing - FOR FINAL REGIONAL ANALYSIS OF IMPEDIMENTS TO FAIR HOUSING CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK: [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...]

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

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...]

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...]

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

Berkeley Housing Authority - Executive Director: William Wilkins. TEL: (510) 981-5470. Office Hours: Mon-Thur 8:15am-4:30 pm (Closed every Fri).  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. [more...]

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Berkeley Housing Authority, 1936 University Avenue, Suite 150, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: Phone: (510) 981-5470
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903