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Below-Market-Rate (BMR) Affordable Housing

Open Application Period

Applications are available starting September 15, 2020 and ending October 13, 2020.

Applications must be returned no later than October 13, 2020 at 5:00PM

Application Instructions

Submit one application per household. Duplicate applications will be removed from the lottery. Due to COVID-19, in-person visits and application drop off will not be accepted.

Applications must be submitted online at https://housing.acgov.org. Alternatively, paper application may be downloaded from website https://housing.acgov.org or obtained at outdoor brochure box located at 1080 Jones St., Berkeley, CA 94710. Return paper application via mail to: 1080 Jones St., Berkeley, CA 94710. A self-addressed stamped envelope must be included. Postmarks will not be considered.

Rent

Households must meet the minimum income requirement of two times the monthly rent. Households are responsible for the following utilities: electric, cable/internet, trash, and personal liability insurance.

Studio (4 units) at $1,083 monthly rent

1-Bedroom (5 units) at $1,218 monthly rent

2-Bedroom (6 units) at $1,352 monthly rent

3-Bedroom (1 unit) at $1,494 monthly rent

Disclaimer: Rents and income guidelines are subject to change per regulatory schedule and annual recertification. Units available through City of Berkeley and are subject to monitoring and other restrictions.

Income Limits

Households cannot exceed the 50% area median income (AMI) for guidelines below:

Unit Size Maximum annual income
Studio $45,700
1 Bedroom $52,200
2 Bedroom $58,750
3 Bedroom $65,250

Lottery Results and Next Steps

General Lottery Procedures

Each applicant will be assigned a lottery ticket number. An electronic lottery will be conducted and all lottery ticket numbers will be randomly sorted and on October 22, 2020. Lottery results posted here.

The first 20 applicants will be contacted to begin processing files. Households are processed in lottery rank and lottery preference order. Unit selection is based on ranking order. Once units are filled, the list will then be used as waiting list for any open units in the future.

Post-Lottery Procedures

Once the lottery results are in, the lottery applications will be processed in rank order starting with lottery preference and rank 1 – 20. A Post-Lottery Letter will be sent out to the applicants being processed and households are given one week (five business days) from the date on the letter to return the required paperwork to the property – see below. An appointment will then be setup to review the paperwork and gather all other needed documentation. Please note that this process generally takes between two and six weeks to be completed and all files are reviewed and approved/denied by compliance department to ensure full compliance with the affordable housing requirements of the project. If additional paperwork is needed from the applicant, they will be given two business days from the request date to provide the documentation to the property. Once the file is complete, either an approval or denial letter will be sent to the provided address. The lottery list will be worked in preference and rank order until all units have been filled. The remaining applicants will be transferred in current order to the waiting list for future vacancies. Both the lottery and waiting list are closed until the waiting list has been exhausted.

Required Documentation Due Post-Lottery

After the lottery, the following documentation is due for each household member who is 18 years old or older. Required documentation including, but not limited to:

Income

If you work and receive paystubs, submit:

  • Copies of 3 current and consecutive paystubs, beginning with the most recent paystub.
  • If hired recently, provide Employment Offer Letter.

If you are Self-Employed, you must:

  • Complete a Self-Employed Declaration form
  • Submit Year-to-Date Profit and Loss statement
  • Submit most recent Federal Income Tax Returns. Include all Schedules, attachments, and W2(s)
  • Submit Non-Filing Verification from IRS (if applicable)

If receiving severance pay, Social Security, unemployment benefits (EDD), retirement/ Pension income, disability, public assistance, etc., submit:

  • Most recent benefits letter(s) stating your monthly award

If you are Unemployed and have ZERO income, you must:

  • Complete an Unemployment Declaration form
  • Complete a Certificate of Zero Income form

Assets

  • Two (2) consecutive and most recent statements for all assets accounts and include ALL pages. (IE: Checking, Savings, 401K, Money Market, etc.
  • A written and signed explanation with supporting documentation for any deposit over $100 other than that of your documented employment.

Income Tax Returns

  • Submit most recent Income Tax Returns. Include all Schedules, attachments, W2(s), 1099(s), etc.

Building Documents

Application

Release & Consent Form

Resident Qualification Acknowledgment (RQA)

Student Status Affidavit

Tenant Approval Form

Contact Information

Phone: (415) 793-9976

Email: JonesBerkeleyBMR@Greystar.com