Housing Programs

Housing Programs Overview

The mission of the Housing Program is to foster the creation of high-quality affordable housing at all income levels and for a variety of needs. The Housing staff administers housing policy and programs, and offers information about affordable housing opportunities in the City of El Cerrito.

Learn more about community housing resources:
  • Look up resources for finding affordable housing in El Cerrito.
  • Find help with housing issues such as foreclosure or tenant/landlord counseling.
  • Find housing-related City documents.
  • Contact us with another housing-related question

Affordable Housing Strategy

 The City's Affordable Housing Strategy was adopted by the City Council August 15, 2017 and is available online.

The City of El Cerrito is undertaking an Affordable Housing Strategy with Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds allocated to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) by the Federal Highway Administration, for San Pablo Avenue PDA Planning Implementation Assistance. An Affordable Housing Strategy is needed to define City goals, and identify a range of implementation tools, to further the overall Housing Element goals. For more background information, please see the City’s Housing Element


As part of the effort, two community workshops were scheduled for residents and members of the public to learn more about affordable housing from industry experts, provide input and hear draft recommended affordable housing policies for El Cerrito. See the community workshop event flyer.

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The City released a Request for Proposals on November 1, 2016, seeking experienced development teams to submit proposals to develop a comprehensive, Affordable Housing Strategy for the City's San Pablo Avenue PDA and Specific Plan area, and an alternate task to expand the Strategy citywide. Three consultant teams were selected to advance to the interview phase and the review committee selected Strategic Economics , Inc. to develop the Affordable Housing Strategy.

See the RFP and sample Professional Services Agreement for more information about the RFP process, selection criteria and timing.

Council Actions

The City received approval to enter into a contract and hire Strategic Economics, Inc. as the consultant for the Affordable Housing Strategy at the January 17th, 2017 City Council meeting. The agenda item can be viewed here.

For more information about the Affordable Housing Strategy please contact Melanie Mintz, Community Development Director, at (510) 215-4339 with any questions.