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.
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.
Apply for CDBG funding for Rental Housing Activities
The City of Walnut Creek has issued a Request for Proposals for our Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The City is seeking proposals from non-profit organizations and others serving the Walnut Creek community who are interested in applying for FY2019-20 CDBG funds. These funds must primarily benefit low-income residents of the City of Walnut Creek. An estimated $161,118 in funding is available. Proposed projects must be able to spend their funding by early April 2020. Walnut Creek is seeking proposals for eligible activities in the Rental Housing Activities (acquisition or rehabilitation) category only.
Applications are due using the online City Data Services platform by 5:00 PM on April 19, 2019. Click here to download the funding notice and learn more about the application requirements. Download a fact sheet on the CDBG program.
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 $50 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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N9CKWX7. Deadline to complete this survey is June 30, 2019.
You can also attend the next regional public meeting about the Consolidated Plan to give your feedback:
Public Meeting Schedule for Central County:
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 5:30pm
City of Concord – City Council Chamber Room
1950 Parkside Drive, Concord 94519
For any additional information, please visit www.cccounty.us/conplan
- Affordable Housing Rental Resources & Referral
- Below-Market Rate Homeownership
- First-Time Homebuyer Loan Assistance
- Home Rehabilitation and Emergency Repair Assistance
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.
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.