Affordable Rental Housing Development

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Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) celebrated 50 years of serving the county in 2024. With Measure A1 funds, what we have been able to accomplish has only grown.

Making Better Neighborhoods

Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) is committed to making our neighborhoods better places to live and set down roots with affordable housing and the services that may go along with affordable homes and rental units.

HCD issues an annual competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) for affordable housing development funds each fall. In order to compete for available funding, interested parties must attend a mandatory bidder’s conference each year and complete their application within approximately eight weeks.

Proposals are reviewed first for threshold requirements, then rated on specific criteria outlined in the application. Finally, the proposals are ranked in order and funds are recommended. Staff recommendations are made to the appropriate advisory committees. Once a project receives a recommendation, it must then have an Environmental Review completed. All projects are then approved by the Board of Supervisors.

For over 30 years, the Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) has been providing financing, technical assistance and policy support for the development and preservation of affordable housing throughout Alameda County. HCD has funded over 90 completed projects with 20 more in pre-development or under construction. By 2024, over 4,000 long-term affordable units have been added to the supply of housing affordable for very-low, low, and moderate income residents.

Project Requirements

Standard requirements for HCD-funded Affordable Housing Development funding can be found in HCD Affordable Housing Development Policies and Procedures (pdf) and in our Term Sheet (pdf). These policies are updated annually as part of the competitive RFP process. Please ensure you are reviewing the most up to date version.

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Current Funding Opportunities »

Housing & Community Development Department (HCD) provides open and competitive opportunities to fund community service providers and developers.

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Small and Emerging Developers »

Community-based and faith-based organizations work within their organizations to expand their capacities to develop affordable housing. This includes organizations that are new to affordable housing development.

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Compliance for Current Vendors and Development Partners »

HCD strives to be compliant with all our local, state, and federal partners. Part of that is regularly reporting on what we do.

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Contracting with Alameda County »

Housing & Community Development Department (HCD) generally holds contactors meetings with those that have been selected. Please plan to attend in order to better understand our contracting process.

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Current Programs »

Here are our current programs supporting the creation of Affordable Rental.

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Current Projects »

View some of our successful projects. What kind of project would you or a development partner prefer to work on that would benefit our community?

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Income Limits »

Each year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publishes data on the median income by area throughout the country.

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Past Procurements »

Find out more about our successful affordable housing projects and our past requests for proposals (RFPs) and NOFAs.