Qualifying for Housing

To be eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher Program every individual and family must meet all program eligibility requirements. This includes any individual approved to join the famly after the family has been admitted to the program.  Eligibility requirements include all adults (18 yrs and above) must pass a criminal background screening, have income at or below HUD-specified income limits (see below) and qualify on the basis of citizenship or the eligible immigrant status of family members.  


FY 2022 Income Limits Summary

Alameda County, California
Income Limit Area

Median Family Income

Income Limit Category 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4
Oakland-Fremont, CA Hud Metro FMR Area $142,800 Very Low (50%) Income Limits $50,000 $57,150 $64,300 $71,400 $77,150 $82,850 $88,550 $94,250
Extremely Low Income Limits ($)* $30,000 $34,300 $38,600 $42,850 $46,300 $49,750 $53,150 $56,600
Low (80%) Income Limits $74,200 $84,800 $95,400 $106,000 $114,500 $123,000 $131,450 $139,950

NOTE: HUD generally uses the Office of Managment and Budget (OMB) area definitions in the calculation of  income limit program parameters, However, to ensure that program parameters do not vary significantly due to area definition changes, HUD has used custom geographic definitions for the Oakland-Fremont, CA HUD Metro FMR Area.

The Oakland-Fremont, CA HUD Metro FMR Area​ ​contains the following areas: Alameda County, CA; and Contra Costa County, CA.

* The FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act changed the definition of extremely low-income to be the greater of 30/50ths (60 percent) of the Section 8 very low-income limit or the poverty guideline as established by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provided that this amount is not greater than the Section 8 50% very low-income limit.  Consequently, the extremely low income limits may equal the very low (50%) income limits.