Affordable Housing Toolkit
Resources for Renters/Property Owners
- Search Tools https://concordca.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=d5b7e1f42de245418f1a07cf6b886f56
- Guides and Information https://www.cityofconcord.org/documentcenter/view/3439/affordable-housing-guide-english
- Local Programs https://www.cityofconcord.org/384/first-time-homebuyer
- First Time Homebuyer Program https://www.cityofconcord.org/387/below-market-rate-homeownership
- Below Market Rate Homeowner Program https://www.cityofconcord.org/343/homeowner-rehabilitation-loan-grant-prog
- Homeowner Rehabilitation Grant and Loan Programs https://www.cityofconcord.org/381/home-match-contra-costa
- Home Match Program
- Interactive Affordable Housing Map
- List of Affordable Housing/Subsidized Rental Units https://www.contracosta.ca.gov/4807/affordable-housing
The Contra Costa County Housing Authority provides Housing Choice Vouchers and Project Based Vouchers for households that qualify. Visit Contra Costa Housing Authority to view information about Housing Choice Vouchers and Project Based Voucher availability.
resources for developers
The Housing Element provides a list of vacant and underutilized sites identified in the Sites Inventory. A map is being created which contains site area, zoning, and other information. The site inventory map will be COMING SOON.
There is currently no affordable housing development funding available. The Housing division will provide more information about any funding that becomes available.
If you are interested in acquiring and/or rehabilitating an older multi-family rental complex in the City of Concord, and in extending or introducing an affordable housing component to the complex, the City of Concord may be able to partially subsidize the cost of the acquisition/rehabilitation. Please contact Sophia Huckabay, Housing Manager, for more information.
Contra Costa County’s Department of Conservation and Development (DCD) facilitates the development of affordable housing throughout the County by working with housing developers and providing available funding. Federal/State funding awards are typically made once per year.
- Information on Affordable Housing Finance Programs
- Important Dates
- Resources for Developers
- Resources for Property Managers/Owners
- Income Limits and Utility Allowances
Visit Contra Costa County’s Developing Affordable Housing webpage for more information or call 925-655-2882 to speak to a County staff member. You may also email email@example.com to be added to their mailing list.
Visit the grants & funding page to get more information on:
- NOFA calendar
- Multifamily Finance Super NOFA
- Other related funding programs
For HUD's Discretionary Funding Programs, the Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) is a published each year at grants.gov. These NOFOs describe the type of funding available on a competitive basis and provide information on submission of an application.
For more information on available HUD funding visit HUD’s Funding Opportunities Webpage.
- Looking Up Zoning and General Plan Designations
- Use the Parcel Data Viewer to view a map and search by address to determine the zoning and General Plan designations for a property. Applicants are encouraged to verify with the Planning Division (see contact info below) before submitting an application.
- Key Development Regulations*
*Certain state bills may modify some or all of these requirements.
- California Environmental Quality Act (State OPR)
- Relevant State Bills
- AB 2011 – Authorizes CEQA-exempt, ministerial, multifamily housing developments in areas primarily zoned for office, retail, or parking. Developments must meet specified objective standards and minimum thresholds for affordability.
- SB 6 – Deems multifamily housing developments as an allowable use on a parcel in zones where office, retail, or parking are principally permitted uses if specified requirements are met, including labor, prevailing wages, and density. SB 6 projects can invoke SB 35 and the Housing Accountability Act. They are not exempt from CEQA.
- AB 2097 – Prohibits minimum automobile parking requirements on housing and other qualifying developments within 1/2 mile of major transit stations. City retains authority to require parking under specified circumstances, including where a parking demand study shows the project would have an adverse impact on on-street parking in the vicinity.
- SB 35 – Creates a streamlined, ministerial review process for qualifying multifamily residential projects. Projects over 10 units are subject to affordability and labor requirements. Projects within specified environmentally sensitive areas (e.g. wetlands, earthquake fault zones) are not eligible.
- SB 9 – Creates a streamlined ministerial approval process for two-unit developments and “urban lot splits” in single-family zoning districts, under Government Code Sections 65852.21, 66411.7, and 66452.6. SB 9 applies in all Residential Single-Family (RS) and Residential Rural (RR) zones.
- SB 4 – Allows by-right approval of affordable units on land owned by either a religious organization or an institution of higher learning. Certain requirements will need to be met, including location criteria and affordability thresholds.
For more on information on Planning requirements, visit the Planning Division webpage.
Planning staff are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for phone inquiries at 925-671-3152 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Housing Division provides information about housing assistance programs, policies, and available resources.
- Inclusionary Housing Requirements
- Projects with 5 or more units have a minimum percentage of affordable housing units required (can be owner occupied units or rental units subject to a rent regulatory agreement)
- Affordable housing agreement governing the number, size, appearance and location of affordable units shall be required
- In-lieu fees may be paid for projects with 5 to 9 units and for fractional affordable units.
- Visit CDC Section 18.185.040 and view the inclusionary housing ordinance summary sheet for further details.
Visit the Housing webpage for more information.
Housing staff are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for phone inquiries at 925-671-3387 or email at email@example.com.
The Building Division ensures compliance with the City's building code. For more information on building requirements visit the Building code webpage or contact staff by phone or email..
Building staff are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for phone inquiries at 925-671-3107 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Engineering Division reviews the grading, drainage, utilities and public improvements of projects. Visit Engineering Division webpage for more information on engineering requirements for your project.
Engineering staff are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for phone inquiries at 925-671-3425 or email at email@example.com.
Application Acceptability Review
The City strongly recommends that developers request a pre-submittal meeting which engages the Planning, Housing, Engineering and Transportation Divisions in one setting.
It is best to bring ideas and proposals to this meeting for direct feedback from the divisions who will be approving these proposals, so they are able to identify any design flaws, challenges or other opportunities for any proposed projects.
Please check the fee schedule to determine the cost for this meeting.
Preliminary Application Review
The City also offers a Preliminary Application process, which provides a more thorough review than the Pre-submittal Meeting, including a full Development Advisory Committee review, written comments, and a conceptual review by the Design Review Board.
This process is used for Preliminary Applications under SB 330 (CA Gov. Code Section 65941.1).
Please check the fee schedule to determine the cost for this meeting.
Visit the fee schedule webpage to view this information.
annual fee reports
Visit Annual Financial Reports webpage to view the past Annual Fee Reports.