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The Housing Division manages housing programs and policies for very-low up to moderate-income renters, home buyers, and homeowners, and that enhance our community.

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St. Paul’s Commons Affordable Housing Marketing Underway: St. Paul’s Commons, the 45 unit affordable housing development and community facility currently under construction on St. Paul’s property is releasing the pre-application for the residential units. The project is expected to be completed this November, and the pre-applications will be available on June 17th. The deadline to submit applications will be July 1st, 2019. Please see the attached flyer and letter for more information on the project and application process.

Also, the same information with more materials, and in five other languages, is found at the pre-application web-page:

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Housing Affordability Survey Results Are Out! Walnut Creek released a community survey asking the public for their thoughts on housing affordability and affordable housing in Walnut Creek. The survey was available from the beginning of November to the end of December 2017 and we received 1,111 responses. Please click here to see the results.

Public Meeting Notice & Survey for Consolidated Plan

The Contra Costa Consortium (represented by the cities of Antioch, Concord, Pittsburg, Walnut Creek, and the County of Contra Costa) receive federal funding from several U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs every year, receiving more than $60 million over a five-year period. These funds can be used to address the needs of low-income residents by building new affordable housing, rehabilitating homes, improving public facilities, providing services to lower income residents, helping the homeless, and more.

What do you think Walnut Creek’s greatest needs and funding priorities are for the next five-year period? Your feedback will help the City draft the Consolidated Plan for 2020-2025, outlining how the funds will be prioritized. Please take the “Community Needs Survey” at Deadline to complete this survey is June 30, 2019.

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Housing Programs

What is affordable housing?

In the United States, the term affordable housing is used to describe housing, rental or owner-occupied, that costs at or below 30% of one's income. California has added approximately 820,000 new jobs while only building 63,500 new homes since 2011. As a result of supply not meeting demand, housing prices have risen to the point where many low and moderate income families and households cannot afford to rent or buy a home, leading to a housing affordability crisis.

Benefits of Affordable Housing

Communities thrive when people have safe and stable housing; when they live near their jobs, good schools, and amenities; and when families can build roots and meet diverse neighbors.

Supports Economic Vitality

Affordable homes can attract and retain employees to a community,  a selling point and a competitive advantage for employers.

Reduces Congestion

Affordable homes allow the local workforce to live close to their jobs. Shorter commutes allow workers to spend more time with their families while the community benefits from a reduction in traffic congestion, air pollution, and expenditures on roads. Affordable housing residents tend to own fewer cars and drive less often.

Ensures Diversity of Housing and Residents

A healthy mix of housing options, from market-rate and affordable rental housing, single-family homes, duplexes, as well as developments for seniors, ensures opportunities for all individuals to improve their economic situation and contribute to their communities.

What is the City doing about housing affordability issues?

The City is dedicated to finding housing affordability solutions through its various policies and programs.