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Housing Programs

Housing Programs

FREE Homebuyer Seminar

The City of San Leandro and Bay Area Homebuyer Agency (BAHBA) invite you to a FREE homebuyer seminar.  

To make a reservation, go to myhomegateway.org.

You can send questions to: bmr@myhomegateway.com or 800-480-9020 extension 3

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

9:00am to 1:30pm

The Titan Room @ Marina Community Center

15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94579

Homebuyer Seminar Flyers: English / Spanish / Chinese

Rental Housing Counseling

The City of San Leandro contracts with ECHO Housing to provide San Leandro tenants and/or landlords information on their housing rights and responsibilities.  If you need assistance in resolving rental housing disputes through conciliation and mediation, please contact ECHO Housing at 510-581-9380 and request to speak to a Tenant-Landlord Counselor.

An ECHO Housing Tenant-Landlord Counselor is also available in person to discuss and provide assistance to your housing situation during the following hours at the One-Stop Permit Center at City Hall.

Wednesdays - 1pm - 5pm

Thursdays - 8:30am - 12:30pm

Rent Review Program - (510) 581-9380

The Rent Review Program offers mediation/arbitration of rent disputes between tenants and landlords. Mediation/arbitration is provided by a five-member volunteer community board appointed by the City Council. The Rent Review Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, as needed.  

Contact ECHO Housing at (510) 581-9380 or at mary@echofairhousing.org to determine if you have an eligible rent review case.  

Eligibility for a rent review include a rent increase of more than 7%or at least 2 rent increases in a 12-month period and a rental unit in a parcel with at least 2 rental units or the rental unit is a mobile home.                                                                                                                                     

Housing Rehabilitation Program - (510) 577-6008

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


Inclusionary Housing Program - (510) 577-6005

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.

Homebuyer Program

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 above). 

Since the dissolution of Redevelopment in 2012, the City no longer offers a First-Time Homebuyer Loan Program.

You may contact Walter Zhovreboff at z@fhicda.com for more information.

Affordable Housing Trust Fund Report

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. 

FY2013-2014 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Report  (approved by City Council at its 10/06/2014 Council Meeting)

FY2011-2012 & FY2012-2013 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Report (approved by City Council at its 11/18/2013 Council Meeting)

FY2009-2010 & FY2010-2011 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Report (approved by City Council at its 10/03/2011 Council Meeting)