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Rental Assistance Programs

Programs that offer direct financial assistance to households for the payment of monthly rental costs are highly competitive in the Bay Area, and the amount of assistance available is limited.

The primary form of rental assistance is the Section 8 program.  Section 8 is a federally-funded program in which the government pays a portion of the monthly rent for households which meet certain eligibility requirements (e.g., income).  Section 8 refers to the section of the United States Housing Act which authorizes and provides federal funding for housing assistance programs.

In Pleasanton (as well as in Dublin), the Section 8 program is administered by the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda (HACA; see "Housing Programs" link) in Hayward.  HACA currently receives funding to subsidize rents for approximately 4,000 households in the portions of Alameda County served by the agency through the “Housing Choice Voucher Program.”  Under the program, the tenant pays 30% to 40% of the gross adjusted monthly household income for rent, while the balance is subsidized up to a maximum set by the government.  Information on the Section 8 program can be obtained from the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda, 22941 Atherton St., Hayward, CA  94541 (tel. 510-538-8876).  In Livermore, the Section 8 program is coordinated through the Livermore Housing Authority (tel. 925-447-3600).

The City of Pleasanton, in collaboration with the City of Livermore and Abode Services provides limited temporary rental assistance through the Tri-Valley Housing Scholarship Program to approved participants in job training programs. This program, which was begun in 1998, provides monthly rent subsidies to households that are homeless or at risk of being homeless. Subsidies are provided while the head of household is undergoing job training and are gradually phased out after employment is secured. Information on applying for this program can be obtained by contacting Abode Services.

ECHO Housing, a Bay Area nonprofit agency, also provides a limited Rental Assistance Program (RAP).  The program provides assistance with move-in costs or helps residents with delinquent rent due to a temporary financial setback.  ECHO helps by arranging a guaranteed repayment contract between the tenant and the landlord.  Financial assistance is subject to the availability of funds.  Information on this program can be obtained from ECHO Housing, 3311 Pacific Ave., Livermore, CA  94550 (tel. 925-449-7340).


NOTE: It is illegal for any housing provider to discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, physical handicap, marital status, sexual preference, or religion. If you have been unlawfully discriminated against, or you have questions about your rights, contact ECHO Housing at 510-581-9380 or 925-449-7340.




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