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Maricela Narvaez-Foster
Director
Healthy Homes Department
Including the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

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Housing Rehabilitation


We offer grants and low interest loans to improve the health and safety of your home.

Housing Rehabilitation Service Area

The Alameda County Healthy Homes Department Housing Rehabilitation Program serves the cities of Oakland (minor home repair only which currently has a 2 year wait list), Union City and the Urban County which includes Albany, Dublin, Emeryville, Newark, Piedmont, and the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland, Castro Valley, Hillcrest Knolls, Fairview, San Lorenzo, and Sunol.

Housing Rehabilitation Grant and Loan Services

Minor Home Repair grants are offered in the Urban County, the unincorporated areas of the county, and the cities of Oakland, and Union City. This grant can be used to make minor plumbing, carpentry, electrical repairs and can be used for, railings, grab bars, toilets, water heaters, furnaces, doors, locks and more.

Accessibility Improvement grants are offered in the Urban County, the unincorporated areas of the county and the city of Union City for seniors or persons with special needs to install ramps, handrails, grab bars, railings, doorways, bath and kitchen access, bathtubs and showers, counter height modifications, etc.

Exterior Paint grants are offered in the Urban County, the unincorporated areas of the county, and Union City to paint the exterior of your home.

Mobile Home grants are offered in the Urban County, the unincorporated areas of the county and the cities of Fremont and Union City to fix roofs, heating and cooling systems, plumbing, floors, windows, and to replace built-in ovens and ranges. Mobile home owners in Union City may apply for a Minor Home Repair Grant.

Invasive Tree Removal grants are offered in the City of Fremont for trees on private property that are causing structural or functional problems like pavement buckling, walkway or foundation damage.

Rehabilitation Low-Interest Loans of up to $60,000 for major repairs in the Urban County, the unincorporated areas of the county, and Fremont. Repayment may be deferred until the property is sold, refinanced or title transferred.

Rehabilitation grants are available for owner occupied properties in Union City. Work may include repairs on your roof, foundation, termite damage, dry rot, kitchen and bath damage, plumbing, electrical, water heater, doors, windows, built-in appliances, heating and cooling, energy doors, and more.

Select the link below for where you live to view or download the linked brochure for details and call us at (510) 567-8280.

We help you with finding a contractor and reviewing the work. See our "Owners Manual" (PDF - 327kb)* for details.

Eligibility and How to Apply

To Be Eligible for Any of These Services You Must:

  • Own your home or live in one of our services areas and
  • Have an income based upon family size within the guidelines (PDF - 210kb)*.
  • Tenants who are 62 or older and/or have a disability may apply for an Accessibility Improvement Grant with their landlords consent.

Minor Home Repair:

In Oakland the homeowner must be 62 years or older and/or have a disability to apply for minor home repair services.

To apply for a minor home repair grant, call 510-567-8280. You do not need to complete an application.

Housing Rehabilitation Services:

Homeowners: To apply for a Rehabilitation, Accessibility Improvement or Exterior Paint Grant or Loan please complete the application below:

Housing Rehab Application (PDF - 359kb)*

For Accessibility Improvement Grants someone in the home must be 62 years or older and/or have a disability and have the landlord's consent if you are a renter.

If you are a tenant applying for the accessibility program, please complete the Tenant Accessibility Application and Landlord Consent Form (PDF - 71kb)*.

Please read the EPA booklet "Protect Your Family From Lead in your Home" (PDF - 1.5mb)* and sign that you have received it on the last page of the application.

Please also review the EPA "Renovate Right" (PDF - 7mb)* booklet.

Please fill out and submit your application and income documentation by mail to:

Alameda County Healthy Homes Department
Housing Rehabilitation Program
2000 Embarcadero, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94606


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