Below Market Rate Housing
Mountain View's Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing Ordinance and BMR Housing
Administrative Guidelines requires that developers set aside 10% of all new housing
units for low and moderate income persons, or in many cases the developer may
pay an in-lieu fee instead of providing the units. The in-lieu fee would then be used
to build new affordable housing in Mountain View or support other affordable housing
BMR ownership housing is targeted to median income households earning between
80 percent and 100 percent of the median household income. BMR rental housing
is targeted to low-income households earning between 50 percent and 80 percent
of the median household income. In 2011, the median household income for a
one-person household was $72,500 annually and for a four-person household, it
was $103,600 annually. In addition, the City Council has adopted a priority system
for BMR units that gives first preference to the following people (in the following order):
- Mountain View public safety employees.
- Public school teachers who work in Mountain View.
- Households who have lived in Mountain View for at least two of the last four years.
- Households who have worked in Mountain View for at least two years.
If you are interested in the BMR program, you can be put on an interest list and will be
notified should any units become available. To be added to the interest list, please
contact Anu Rajput at the Palo Alto Housing Corporation (650) 321-9709
Subsidized Rental Housing
There are ten housing complexes in the City of Mountain View that have been
subsidized by the City or have received financial assistance from Federal subsidy
programs in exchange for providing affordable housing. Some of these apartments
also participate in the Section 8 rental subsidy program and accept tenants with
Section 8 rental vouchers or certificates.
These properties are owned and managed by various non-profit organizations as
shown on the list of Subsidized Units in Mountain View*. For information about
the availability of these units and application procedures, please contact the
apartment managers at the phone numbers indicated on this list.
Redevelopment Agency Low-Moderate Income Housing Funds
The California Community Redevelopment Law (CRL) requires that the Downtown
Revitalization District Authority set aside 20 percent of the tax increment revenues
for affordable housing activities that benefit very low-, low- and moderate-income
households. Housing Set Aside funds have been an important source of funding
for affordable housing. Four affordable housing properties have been funded with
Revitalization District Housing Set Aside funds, as shown on the chart.
Please note that the attached chart provides a listing of units assisted with
Redevelopment Agency Low-Moderate Income Housing Funds. The chart does
not provide a listing of units that are available to rent. For availability of rental
units, please check with the property directly. Contact information for these
developments can be found on the City's website under "Subsidized Rental
Housing". Please refer to those properties with open waiting lists for available
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