Applications for affordable housing at Berkeley Way are due February 23

Berkeley tenants looking for affordable housing can apply by Wednesday, Feb. 23, for a unit in the city’s largest affordable housing project, slated to open downtown this summer.

Applications for studio, one and two bedroom apartments at 2012 Berkeley Way can be submitted online or by paper mail, in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. There is no application fee and documents sent by post must be postmarked by 5 p.m. on February 23.

There are 88 units available for low and very low income renters, which is 60% or 50% of the region’s median income and below. For a family of four, that’s $68,500 or $82,200 a year. The building includes laundry facilities, play areas for children, and on-site services and amenities, such as an edible herb garden.

Priority will be given to tenants who live or work in Alameda County, and tenants will need to qualify through a credit and rental history check. Once Bridge Housing has received all applications, the non-profit organization will run a lottery and tenants will be notified in order of ranking.

“We expect a high number of applications, but we don’t want people to be discouraged from applying,” said Lyn Hikida, spokesperson for Bridge Housing, explaining that places will be determined by the lottery process of any way.

The $120 million project has been in the works for nearly two decades and will include Bridge Housing affordable housing, as well as supportive housing through the Berkeley Food and Housing Project (BFHP).

BFHP’s Hope Center will have 53 permanent supportive housing units for homeless and disabled men and women, 32 shelter beds for homeless men and 12 transitional housing beds for homeless veterans. People with high needs on the city’s list are prioritized for these units and coordinated through referrals from several different service providers.

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