City of Concord, California

Housing Assistance

Residential Rent Review Program

On May 23, 2017, the Concord City Council adopted Ordinance No. 17-7, establishing a Chapter 19.40 Residential Rent Review Program of the Concord Municipal Code. The new Rent Review Program became effective on June 23, 2017. It allows tenants who experience rent increases exceeding 10 percent in a 12-month period to seek non-binding conciliation and mediation services through a housing counselor retained by the City. In the event that the conciliation and mediation services do not result in a resolution to the conflict over the rent increase, tenants have the option of seeking non-binding arbitration at a public meeting through a three-member Rent Review Panel appointed by the City Council. Participation in the conciliation, mediation and public arbitration process is mandatory for property owners. The Ordinance applies to all Concord rental properties with three or more rental units, except in triplexes in which one of the units is owner-occupied and in rental units owned or operated by any government agency or whose rent is subsidized through any government program.

You may view the Ordinance at www.codepublishing.com/CA/Concord/.

The "Notice of Availability of Rent Review Required"" is available here. English | Spanish.

To request a rent review, please contact ECHO Housing at ConcordRentReview@echofairhousing.org or 855-ASK-ECHO (855-275-3246). You may also complete and fax the "Rent Review Conciliation Request Form" here. English | Spanish.

For other questions please contact Brenda Kain, City of Concord Housing Manager, at 925-671-3088 or Brenda.Kain@cityofconcord.org.

Accessory Dwelling Unit Program

On March 28, 2017, the Concord City Council approved new regulations for accessory dwelling units (formerly referred to as secondary living units), which are attached or detached residential dwelling units that provide complete independent living facilities, as well as junior accessory dwelling units, which are retained entirely within a single-family residence. The intent of the new regulations is to streamline the process and remove some of barriers (such as setbacks, parking, and deed restrictions) for new units to assist with the State-wide housing crisis. Additionally, the Council retained the reduced Parkland and Traffic fees for small accessory dwelling units which were previously approved as part of the Pilot Program. Contra Costa Water District also recently reduced fees for similarly sized accessory dwelling units, with no more than one bedroom. For more information, see the accessory dwelling unit handouts.

Tenant/Landlord Assistance

If you are facing a potential eviction from your apartment or rental home, free legal assistance information is available at this link.

Financial Workshops

Financial Workshops Webinars

City's First Time Homebuyer Program

The City provides limited down payment assistance for the purchase of a first home, with eligibility based on income and household size. The program is designed to assist low and median-income households. Hello Housing, a non-profit organization, assists the City in administering the program. All application materials are available through Hello Housing, at (415) 863-3036, the administrator for the City's First Time Homebuyer Program.

  • Mortgage Credit Certificate Program authorized by Congress in the Tax Reform Act of 1984, provides financial assistance to "First time homebuyers" for the purchase of new or existing single-family home. The Program is administered by Contra Costa County. For more information on Mortgage Credit Certificates.

For further information or questions, please e-mail: brenda.kain@cityofconcord.org

State Loans and Grants

The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) administers more than 20 programs that award loans and grants for the construction, acquisition, rehabilitation and preservation of affordable rental and ownership housing.

Homeless Services and Homelessness Prevention

Contra Costa Homeless Continuum of Care

The City of Concord is a participant in the Contra Costa Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC). The CoC is a local planning body that organizes and delivers housing and support services for homeless individuals across the county. It is comprised of service providers, members of the faith community, businesses, funders, education systems, as well as law enforcement, all working in partnership with consumers to find stable housing. Click here for more information on the Continuum of Care.

Homeless Services
The Contra Costa County Homeless Program's mission is to ensure an integrated system of care from prevention through intervention for homeless adults, youth and families within our community. For more information.

Youth Services
For more information

Homeless Veteran Services - National Call Center
For more information

Homelessness Prevention
SHELTER Inc. strives to: 1) Prevent and end homelessness by helping low-income families and individuals stay in their homes; 2) End the cycle of Homelessness; 3) Provide Affordable Housing; and 4) Provide Supportive Services for Veteran Families.

Contra Costa County Programs
County Programs for individuals include benefits assistance and employment support. For more information.

Assistance for the Developmentally Disabled

The Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) is a private, non-profit corporation providing services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities under contract with the California Department of Developmental Services . For more information, go to www.rceb.org/.

Housing Rehabilitation Loan and Grant

All housing rehabilitation grant funds for FY 2016/17 have been expended. The next funding cycle will begin on July 1, 2017.

Funds are still available for low or no-interest, deferred rehabilitation loans for low-income homeowners. Qualifying repairs include roof repair/replacement, heating/air conditioning repair/replacement, plumbing or electrical repairs, foundation work, accessibility improvements and other interior or exterior repairs.

Please contact Hello Housing at (415) 863-3036 or click on the brochure below for further description of the programs available.

National Mortgage Settlement

National Mortgage Settlement and secured $18 billion to benefit Californians. Please see the Resources for Homeowners website for more information.

Affordable Housing Opportunities within Concord

Other Affordable Housing within Contra Costa County

Inclusionary Zoning Requirements

Mobile Home Rent Stabilization

Fair housing service providers for Contra Costa County

  • Fair Housing Service Providers for Contra Costa County. View Tenant/Landlord Brochure for more information.
  • Bay Area Legal Aid provides Tenant/Landlord Counseling and advice to households requiring legal aid. Contact (800) 551-5554.
  • ECHO Fair Housing provides assistance and counseling for Fair Housing and advice to households experiencing housing discrimination, call 855-275-3246, a counselor is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
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