The City of San Leandro contracts with Bay Area Home Buyer Agency (BAHBA) to administer first-time homebuyer seminars, homebuyer education and counseling, and the Inclusionary Housing Ownership Program (see below).
To register to attend the upcoming FREE First-Time Homebuyer Seminar, go to www.myHomeGateway.com (click on "Seminar Registration") or call (888) 572-1222 ext. 101.
The City has a minor home repair grant program to assist eligible low income homeowners with improvements related to health/safety, exterior paint, accessibility, seismic strengthening, exterior clean-up and mobile home repairs. The grant maximum is $5,000. Please use the Grant Application Form 1.01(a) to apply and refer to the flyer below and Current HUD Income Limits to review the details of the program and verify income qualifications.
Download the Housing Rehabilitation Program Flyer: English; Spanish; Chinese
The Inclusionary Housing Program was created through the City's Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, which requires new residential development projects (including condominium conversions) to set-aside at least 15 percent of their units for moderate-, low-, and very low-income households.
A new for-sale housing development with two to six total units has the option of providing one affordable unit for moderate-income households, or pay an in-lieu fee defined in the ordinance. The in-lieu fee does not apply to rental developments.
New for-sale housing developments and condominium conversions involving less than two units and new rental housing developments with less than four units are exempt from this ordinance.
The City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund (“Fund”) was established to receive fees and/or monies from other sources in connection with approval of a development project. Monies deposited in the Fund must be used to increase and improve the supply of housing affordable to moderate-, low-, and very low-income households in the City. Fund monies shall be used to construct or convert a development to affordable housing or assist other governmental entities, private organizations or individuals to do so. Receipt of these funds requires the City to provide an annual report to the City Council on the status of activities undertaken with the Fund. The City Council reviewed and approved the FY2011-2012 & FY2012-2013 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Report at its November 18th, 2013 Council Meeting.
The FY2009-2010 & FY2010-2011 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Report was approved by City Council at its October 3, 2011 Council Meeting. The Rent Review Program offers mediation/arbitration of rent disputes between tenants and landlords. Mediation/arbitration is provided by a five-member community board appointed by the City Council. The Rent Review Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, as needed. The City of San Leandro contracts with ECHO Housing to administer the Rent Review Program for rental properties with 3 more more housing units or mobile homes. Contact ECHO Housing at (510) 581-930 to determine if you have an eligible case for the Rent Review Board to consider.