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.
The draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is now available for public review and comment. The public may obtain information about or comment on this report by contacting the Affordable Housing and Grants Coordinator in the Community Economic Development Department, located on the second floor of City Hall, 1666 North Main Street, by calling (925) 943-5899 ext. 2652, or through e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The report is also available at the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 North Broadway. Hearing impaired individuals may call the California Relay Service at (800) 735-2929 for assistance. Citizen comments received about the report by 5:00 pm, Monday, September 16, 2019 will be included in the City’s submittal to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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.
- 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.