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 family 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 gross 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 2024 Income Limits Summary

Alameda County, California
FY 2024 Income Limit Area Family Median Income (AMI) FY 2024 Income Limit Category Persons in Family
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Oakland-Freemont CA HUD Metro Fair Market Rent area $155,700  Very Low (50% AMI) Income Limits $54,500 $62,300 $70,100 $77,850 $84,100 $90,350 $96,550 $102,800
Extremely Low  Income Limits ($)* $32,700 $37,400 $42,050 $46,700 $50,450 $54,200 $57,950 $61,650
Low (80% AMI) Income Limits $84,600 $96,650 $108,750 $120,800 $130,500 $140,150 $149,800 $159,500​

NOTE: Alameda County is part of the Oakland-Fremont, CA HUD Metro FMR Area, so all information presented here applies to all of the Oakland-Fremont, CA HUD Metro FMR Area. HUD generally uses the Office of Management 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.

Income Limit areas are based on FY 2024 Fair Market Rent (FMR) areas. For information on FMRs, please see our associated FY 2024 Fair Market Rent documentation system​.