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.
Fair Housing Community Online Survey
Please share your thoughts on fair housing through this online community survey. Contra Costa County and the cities of Walnut Creek, Antioch, Concord, and Pittsburg, as well as the housing authorities of the County of Contra Costa, Cities of Pittsburg & Richmond, are currently working together to conduct a regional fair housing analysis (an Assessment of Fair Housing). This process will help the region to better understand its fair housing issues through data and mapping, community participation, and policy analysis. This process will also draw up solutions to help address residential segregation, housing discrimination, and access to safe, stable housing. This analysis looks more closely at housing as it is experienced in real life. It also examines the connection to other issues, such as environmental health, good schools, jobs, and transportation access. We encourage people within the community to make their experiences and views on these issues heard. In addition, the shared information will help to inform the planning process within the County and participating cities. Please join us and be sure to fill out our fair housing survey, available here. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/contracostasurvey
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.
ECHO Pre-Purchase Counseling: Take advantage of this FREE opportunity to learn how to become a homeowner. ECHO is offering pre-purchase counseling on homeownership for Alameda and Contra Costa County residents. Please visit ECHO's website for more information.
- 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.