Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces $10.9 Million in Federal Housing Grants for the East Bay

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced that the County of Alameda and the cities of Alameda, Berkeley and San Leandro received more than $10 million dollars in housing grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

"This critical federal funding will go a long way towards addressing the affordable housing emergency in the East Bay,” said Congresswoman Lee.  “Housing is a human right. These grants are an important lifeline for our community, but Congress needs to do more to address the national housing crisis. We can and must make robust federal investments to ensure every American has a safe and comfortable place to call home.”

As part of HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Alameda, Berkeley, San Leandro, and Alameda County will receive $6,524,490 in CBDG grants to grow and strengthen local housing initiatives. These grants may be used for projects like new affordable housing construction, neighborhood economic development, Fair Housing counseling services and homeowner rehabilitation.

In addition, Alameda County and Berkeley will receive a total of $4,082,987 in HOME Grants to increase and improve affordable housing for low-income and very low-income residents. Alameda County and Berkeley have also been selected to receive $377,928 in Emergency Solutions Grants to support rapid housing programs and other services for homeless individuals and families.

For more information about HUD Grant programs, click here.