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The Housing Division manages housing programs and policies for very-low up to moderate-income renters, home buyers, and homeowners, and that enhance our community.

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Riviera Family Apartments Application Opening

Rental Pre-Applications will be available online from Monday, April 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM to April 23, 2018 12:00 noon (PDT) for Riviera Family Apartments, an affordable rental at 1515 & 1738 Riviera Avenue, Walnut Creek. Please see the Riviera Family Apartments by RCD website or flyer for more information.

Please note, the application is not first- come-first serve, and applications will be selected by lottery.

Public Comment Period 4/2-5/1 for Proposed FY18-19 Annual Action Plan

The Walnut Creek City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 1666 North Main Street, Walnut Creek to consider a proposed FY 2018-2019 Action Plan, including expenditure of FY 2018-2019 Community Development Block Grant funds, Community Service Grant funds, and Homeless Services Funds. In developing the proposed FY 2018-2019 Action Plan, the City's overriding goal has been to utilize funds for the benefit of lower income persons.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit written comments on the proposed plan during the comment period from April 2 through May 1, 2018. Written comments may be submitted to: Attn: Cara Bautista-Rao, City of Walnut Creek, 1666 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596; FAX No. (925) 256-3500; or e-mail: Cara Bautista-Rao, Administrative Analyst at bautista-rao@walnut-creek.org, no later than 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Oral comments may be made at the May 1, 2018 City Council meeting, or prior to the meeting by calling Cara Bautista-Rao at 925-943-5899 x 2216. Disabled individuals requiring special accommodation in order to participate in the public hearing process should contact the City Clerk at (925) 943-5819. Hearing impaired individuals may call the California Relay Service at (800) 735-2929 for assistance.

Click here to view the draft Annual Action Plan for 2018-2019.

Housing Affordability Survey Results Are Out! Walnut Creek released a community survey asking the public for their thoughts on housing affordability and affordable housing in Walnut Creek. The survey was available from the beginning of November to the end of December 2017 and we received 1,111 responses. Please click here to see the results.

ECHO Pre-Purchase Counseling: Take advantage of this FREE opportunity to learn how to become a homeowner. ECHO is offering pre-purchase counseling on homeownership for Alameda and Contra Costa County residents. Please visit ECHO's website for more information.

Housing Programs

What is affordable housing?

In the United States, the term affordable housing is used to describe housing, rental or owner-occupied, that costs at or below 30% of one's income. California has added approximately 820,000 new jobs while only building 63,500 new homes since 2011. As a result of supply not meeting demand, housing prices have risen to the point where many low and moderate income families and households cannot afford to rent or buy a home, leading to a housing affordability crisis.

Benefits of Affordable Housing

Communities thrive when people have safe and stable housing; when they live near their jobs, good schools, and amenities; and when families can build roots and meet diverse neighbors.

Supports Economic Vitality

Affordable homes can attract and retain employees to a community,  a selling point and a competitive advantage for employers.

Reduces Congestion

Affordable homes allow the local workforce to live close to their jobs. Shorter commutes allow workers to spend more time with their families while the community benefits from a reduction in traffic congestion, air pollution, and expenditures on roads. Affordable housing residents tend to own fewer cars and drive less often.

Ensures Diversity of Housing and Residents

A healthy mix of housing options, from market-rate and affordable rental housing, single-family homes, duplexes, as well as developments for seniors, ensures opportunities for all individuals to improve their economic situation and contribute to their communities.

What is the City doing about housing affordability issues?

The City is dedicated to finding housing affordability solutions through its various policies and programs.