Residential Rehabilitation

Residential Rehabilitation Programs

The Housing Rehabilitation Programs offers low-interest loans and grants to eligible homeowners in Alameda. Rental property owners, whose units are occupied by 51% or more low income renters, are also eligible for low-interest loans to make repairs and qualified property improvements. Senior and disabled households may be eligible for additional assistance. Staff provides technical assistance evaluating the unit and recommends a scope of work. Support is given during the bid process and continues during the construction phases of the project. This assistance is provided as a no-cost program benefit. Rehabilitation staff has technical skills and experience to help your project progress from need to completion. 

Rental Rehabilitation Program

The Rental Rehabilitation Program provides loans at 2% interest to landlords who rehabilitate rental property in Alameda. The majority (at least 51%) of the households in the structure must be low income, and the majority of the units must be two-bedrooms or larger with rents not in excess of Alameda Housing Authority Payment Standards.      

Housing Rehabilitation Program

The Housing Rehabilitation Program helps low-income Alameda homeowners repair and improve their homes. Income limits are determined by HUD. Low-interest loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be used to correct substandard and/or health and safety conditions (including lead-based paint hazards), to extend energy conservation, or to repair or replace major systems in danger of failure. 

Minor Home Repair Program

The Minor Home Repair Program provides grants of up to $5,000 for emergency repairs to health, safety and security items, or minor repairs of carpentry, plumbing, heating, and electrical items. This program is available to low-income Alameda homeowners on a first-come, first-served basis. Income limits are determined by HUD. 

Substantial Rehabilitation Program

The Substantial Rehabilitation Program provides below market-rate loans to Alameda property owners to create new affordable rental units in vacant or underutilized space in existing structures. Grants of up to $15,000 for preliminary design services are available to help owners determine the feasibility of new unit development before proceeding with the rehabilitation project. In exchange for below market-rate loans, property owners commit to rent the new units to Housing Choice Voucher Program tenants for 15 years. 

Soft Story Structural Assessment Grant

The Soft Story Structural Assessment Grant for Rental Units Program (Program) provides financial assistance to residential rental property owners (Owner) to assess their soft story structure without passing the costs through to tenants. At least 51% of the units in the building must be occupied by low- and moderate-income households - see income limits here. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to offset engineering fees required to produce a report acceptable to the Building Department for review.

 Participation in this Program also provides eligibility for Rental Rehabilitation Loan Program funds to assist in the cost to retrofit the structure, subject to funding availability and eligibility criteria above. Please contact AHA staff for additional information or an application.

Other Programs:

Alameda Fire Department Housing Safety Program
The Alameda Fire Department Housing Safety Program is a FREE program providing much needed services to low-to-moderate income residents over the age of 62 and persons with disabilities any age.  The Program installs 10 year tamper resistant smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as ADA grab bars and interior handrails.  Free nightlights, flashlights and grab sticks are offered as well.


Contact Mike Billington at (510) 747-4341

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