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Affordable Housing Program

The Community Development Department administers affordable housing units available in the City of Beverly Hills. This includes several rental units that are available to members of the public that meet certain income criteria. 

SIGN UP FOR THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING INTERESTED PARTIES LIST

If you would like to sign up to be added to the interested parties list to be notified if there are affordable housing opportunities in the City, please email: affordablehousing@beverlyhills.org, or fill out the form below


 
AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITY - APPLICATION CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

Low Income Rate Affordable Units at 321-327 S. Elm Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90212

(Click here to download a copy of this flyer)

Three 1-bedroom apartments are available for rent by low-income households in the 30-unit building located at 321-327 S. Elm Drive.

Elm Drive photo

INCOME LIMITS AND RENT

To qualify, a household must have a gross annual income (which can include assets) in the following ranges:

  • 1 person household: between $41,701 and $66,750
  • 2 person household: between $47,651 and $76,250
  • 3 person household: between $53,601 and $85,800

The monthly rent for each unit is expected to be between: $1,043 to $2,145 (depending on income and size of household).


TO GET AN APPLICATION:
Beginning January 13, 2023, applications will be available online at www.theelmview.com/affordable. Please note that only the application is available at this time, and the submittal period has not yet opened.

You may also click the following link to download a copy of the application: 321-327 S. Elm Drive - Affordable Housing Application


TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION:

*PLEASE NOTE: Applications will only be accepted during the following time period, and will not be accepted outside of this period.  The applications are ranked per the priority tier system (click here for more information) determined by the City Council, and are not ranked on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

From February 2 – February 17, 2023, completed applications may be submitted via the following methods:

  • E-mailed to rent@theelmview.com by 11:59 PM on February 17, 2023.
  • Submitted via mail to: 333 S. Beverly Drive, Ste. 105 Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Attn: The ElmView. Mailed applications must be postmarked by February 17, 2023.
  • Submitted in person between 9 AM and 4 PM only at the following location: 333 S. Beverly Drive, Ste. 105 Beverly Hills, CA 90212

QUESTIONS

For questions about the units, application contents or process, please contact the City’s housing consultant Millie at (562) 200-7173.


 

GENERAL INFORMATION ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING 

To download a PDF guide on the affordable housing program, click HERE.

What is “affordable housing”?

Although this term can have various meanings, when the City refers to affordable housing it is meant to describe housing units that have been constructed as part of a private development project and are required to be set aside and rented at a rate that is affordable to a certain income level.

The role of the City’s affordable housing program is to work with the developer to ensure that the affordable housing unit is rented out to a household that is qualified based on their level of income. The City also works with the developer to ensure that the application process for the affordable housing units complies with the City’s affordable housing guidelines, which set forth the appropriate process for accepting and processing applications for the housing unit.

The income levels are determined using the Area Median Income (AMI) at the county-level, which are based on household size, and are set by the state Department of Housing and Community (HCD) each year. The current AMI for Los Angeles County is $91,000, which is then used to set the limit for income levels for various household sizes.  The income levels are generally calculated as follows:

  • Acutely low income: 0-15% of AMI
  • Extremely low income: 15-30% of AMI
  • Very low income: 30% to 50% of AMI
  • Low income: 50% to 80% of AMI
  • Moderate income: 80% to 120% of AMI

The current income levels set for Los Angeles County in 2022 are:

 Table 1 - Income Limits

 What are the affordable levels of housing costs?

The affordability level of the housing unit is based on an assumption that a household should not spend more than 30% of gross monthly income on housing costs.  Housing costs typically include rent and certain utilities costs.

Table 2 below shows the total monthly housing cost that would be affordable for the various income levels in Table 1. It is calculated by taking 30% of the income amount, divided by 12. This can be used to estimate the amount of rent that would be affordable on a monthly basis for the income levels in Los Angeles County:

Table 2 - Housing Costs

For example, if a development project includes an affordable housing unit that is set aside for a very-low income household, a 1-person household would qualify for this unit if their gross annual income falls within the range of: $25,051 to $41,700, and their monthly housing cost would be limited to the range of: $626.26 to $1,042.50.

Does the City require that developers provide affordable housing units?

The City recently enacted an inclusionary housing ordinance, which requires a certain number of affordable housing units to be provided in new multi-family residential developments (apartments or condominiums) that are built in the City and contain a certain number of units.  For projects with 5-9 units, one affordable unit is required (or a developer can pay a fee in lieu of physically providing the units that will be placed into the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund). For projects with 10 units or more,  10%  of  the  housing  units  are  required  to  be  affordable units.

Will the affordable housing units be rental or for-sale units?

The inclusionary housing ordinance also requires that units in multi-family residential developments (apartments or condominiums) are rental units. The ordinance requires that affordable for-sale units are provided if a single-family subdivision is being constructed, but these types of development are rare in the City.  Therefore, the majority of affordable housing units in the City currently existing or that will be built in the future will be for rent.

How do I apply for affordable housing units?

Once affordable housing units become available (if existing units are vacated or if new units are constructed), the City will begin the application process with the developer.  During this process, the developer will advertise the start date on which they will accept applications for the housing unit in advance, and the City will also notify the affordable housing notification list of this date. This will provide notice for any interested party to fill out the affordable housing application, and provide the required documentation.  Once the developer and the City receives applications, they will process them to determine whether an application qualifies for the unit based on their income level.

If the household qualifies for the unit based on their income level, the City will then rank the applications based on the priority list for affordable housing placement.  The Affordable Housing Occupancy Priority Ranking was determined by the City Council, and is summarized below.  More information on the ranking categories can be found here

Affordable Housing Tiers

Once the income-qualified applications are sorted per the above ranking categories, the units will be offered to qualified households in Tier 1 first, then Tier 2, and so on, until the units are occupied.

How do I sign up to be notified about affordable housing opportunities?

If you would like to receive email notifications when an application period for an affordable housing unit(s) begins, please email: affordablehousing@beverlyhills.org and ask to be added to the notification list.  Once an application period for an affordable housing unit(s) is opened, an email notification will be sent to this list, as well as in advance of the start date for the application period.

 

QUESTIONS

For additional information or questions on the application or process contact Millie at (562) 200-7173 Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM or at Millie.Grape@mbakerintl.com.

General questions and to receive emails about affordable housing in the City please email: affordablehousing@beverlyhills.org.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Although there are currently no restricted affordable housing units available for application at this time, the Housing Rights Center provides a resource for affordable housing listings located in the greater Los Angeles and Ventura County areas.  Please check their webpage Project Place for these listings, and please note that they update these on a monthly basis. 

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