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Housing Programs

Housing Programs

The Willows Townhomes - Below Market Rate Homeownership Program

The Willows Townhomes is a townhome-condominium community in San Leandro.   

Under the City's BMR Homeownership Program, there are 11 two- and three-bedroom units available for income-eligible, first-time homebuyers.  

Contact Bay Area Affordable Homeownership Alliance (BAAHA) formerly Bay Area Homebuyer Agency (BAHBA) at bmr@myhomegateway.com or at 800-480-9020 extension 3.  

To view BMR units at the Willows, please contact Rob Belli at HomeQuest Realty at rob@hquestrealty.com or at 415-317-8540.  

BMR Homeownership Program flyer: 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 

The City's minor home repair grant program is currently no longer accepting new grant applications until further notice. 

The City expects to have new funding available beginning July 1, 2017.

The City will provide any updates/changes as soon as they become available.


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 Affordable Homeownership Alliance (BAAHA) formerly 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)