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Housing and Community Services Department
Housing and Community Services Department

Berkeley Housing Trust Fund


The City of Berkeley created its Housing Trust Fund (HTF) in 1990. A housing trust fund is a program that pools funds for affordable housing construction from a variety of sources with different requirements, and makes them available through one single application process to local developers. 

To view the HTF Guidelines published in 1990 and amended on April 5, 2016, click on this link, Housing Trust Fund Guidelines

The following document includes the City's standard terms for HTF loans. Variations from the standard loan terms may require City Manager approval or City Council action. HTF Key Loan Terms.

Small Sites Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

The City of Berkeley has $950,000 in Small Sites Program funds to support the acquisition and renovation of small, multifamily rental properties with up to 25 units. The City will begin accepting applications on January 31, 2019, and will accept applications on a rolling basis. Please review the application instructions for detailed information on the City's process and what is required to be eligible for funding.  

NOFA application materials

NOFA Updates

Application Status  



Notice of Funding Availability for CHDO Operating Support
The City of Berkeley (City) is now accepting applications for funding for Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) operating support for FY2020. Applicants must be City-certified CHDOs as of the date of this NOFA to be eligible for funding. Applications are due on Wednesday, May 29th

CHDO NOFA and Application Instructions (PDF)

CHDO NOFA and Application Instructions (Word)




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