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456 W. Olive Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(408) 730-7250

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Housing Assistance for Renters

Below Market Rate Rental Program

The Below Market Rate (BMR) Rental Program requires certain apartment complexes to provide a specific number of units to low-income households at below market rate rents per Sunnyvale Municipal Code.  Each apartment complex providing BMR units maintains a waiting list for its BMR units.

BMR Rental Providers  I  Check Income Limits  I  Administrative Procedures  I  Waiting List Application

Apartment Size Maximum Rent
2015 Maximum BMR Rent
Studio  $1,302
 1 Bedroom  $1,488
 2 Bedroom  $1,674
 3 Bedroom  $1,860
 4 Bedroom  $2,009

Other Affordable Housing Providers

Affordable Housing Providers
Non-profit developers throughout Sunnyvale offer affordable housing options to very low and low income renters in Sunnyvale. Please contact each apartment complex listed in the link above to learn more.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program www.hacsc.org
The Housing Choice Voucher Program, also known as Section 8, is adminstered by the Housing Authority of Santa Clara County. The Housing Authority provides rental subsidies for low income families, seniors and persons with disabilities living in Santa Clara County, including Sunnyvale residents. Please contact the Housing Authority directly for more information.

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County www.catholiccharitiesscc.org
Supportive Housing Case Management program assists low-income families and Individuals or single parents with children living in specific Charities Housing Development Corporation apartments in maintaining their housing. Services include: counseling clients in their homes; helping clients access services they need; assessing client needs and resources, creating action plans and evaluating outcomes; and organizing community-building activities for residents of apartment buildings.

HomeFirst Services of Santa Clara County (formerly EHC Lifebuilders) www.ehclifebuilders.org
HomeFirst provides short term emergency shelter, and transitional and long-term housing and supportive services for people facing homelessness or at risk of losing their current housing..

Sunnyvale Community Services www.svcommunityservices.org
Sunnyvale Community Services is a nonprofit emergency assistance agency working to prevent homelessness and hunger for low-income families and seniors providing financial aid, food, and other support services.

Tenant Resources

Watch these short videos by the California Department of Real Estate to learn more about renting for the first time and establishing and maintaning good credit. Check our website frequently for new videos.


California Tenant
A guide to residential tenants' and landlords' rights and responsibilities. Published by the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs.
Project Sentinel is once again providing tenant-landlord services to Sunnyvale residents, thanks to new funding for this service provided by the City as part of the 2013-14 City budget. Residents and other community members may request assistance by calling Project Sentinel at (888) 324-7468, (408) 720-9888 or visiting their office at 1490 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050. Information about tenant-landlord and fair housing services is also available on Project Sentinel's website: Housing.org. There is no charge to residents for these services.

Tenants Together is a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of California tenants to safe, decent and affordable housing. Tenants Together also provides valuable information for tenants in foreclosure. For more information about their services, visit www.tenantstogether.org.

Asian Law Alliance is a nonprofit corporation assisting Asian/Pacific Islanders who are limited in English obtain decent housing who cannot afford legal fees and face the reality of discrimination.

BayLegal provides low-income households legal assistance related to housing.

County of Santa Clara Mediation Services
The Community Division works with neighbors, families, cultural and religious groups, Home Owners' Associations, and others to assist in the resolution of disputes. The types of disputes which can be dealt with range from disturbing the peace, to disputes with landlords/tenants, and all points in between.

Senior Adults Legal Assistance (SALA) provides free legal services to Santa Clara County residents who are age 60 or older.

Home Improvement Program for Renters

Home Access Grant Program
The City of Sunnyvale offers grants to low-income disabled and/or senior residents to retrofit their rental unit to eliminate physical barriers and improve accessibility. This program requires the owners approval for participation.
Download Application  |  Check Income Limits


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