Colonnade Apartment Homes

City of Los Altos Below Market Rate (BMR) Rental Program at Colonnade

We are pleased you have inquired about our affordable housing program. The eligibility for BMR applicants will be based on income limits and prioritized according to the BMR Priority Ranking Policies & Procedures identified by the City of Los Altos.

Colonnade has 17 Below Market Rate Apartments for Very Low and Low Income Households

Households Unit Availability and Application Process

At this time there are no affordable housing units available at Colonnade.

If you would like to join the interest list to be notified of any future affordable housing opportunities, you may complete a preliminary application.

To complete the pre-application process online, please click here.

Pre-application can also be submitted by certified mail. You can download a printable version of the pre-application by following this link. Please address all mailed submission as follows:

Colonnade Apartments
C/O Los Altos BMR Program
4750 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA 94022

All persons who complete a preliminary application to join the interest list will be notified by email if and when an affordable unit becomes available and have an opportunity to participate in the selection process.

For the full terms of the unit selection process and rental criteria, please click here

Income Qualifying Information

The 17 affordable apartments at Colonnade are restricted to those households with incomes of no more than 50% (Very Low) and 80% (Low) respectively of the Santa Clara County median income. The allowable household income is adjusted based on the number of people in your household. The maximum allowable rent is 30% of the income limit for the applicable income category as established by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/hrc/rep/state/incNote.html

Residents are subject to annual recertification.

Income and Rental Limits:

Very Low Income (50%)
Income Limits Rent Limits
1 Person - $39,100 1 Bedroom:
2 People - $44,650 $1,071 - $150 = $921*
3 People - $50,250  
4 People - $55,800 2 Bedroom:
5 People - $60,300 $1,205 - $175 = $1,030*
Low Income (80%)
Income Limits Rent Limits
1 Person - $59,400 1 Bedroom:
2 People - $67,900 $1,714 - $150 = $1,564*
3 People - $76,400  
   
   
*Rent limits are reduced in consideration of utility costs which are paid separately to management and utility providers.

Occupancy limits are as follows:

1-Bedroom unit maximum 3 people

2-Bedroom unit maximum 5 people

Eligibility

Priority of eligibility for Eligible renters shall be ranked as set forth in the following list. Except as otherwise specified, the rankings will be based on individual or family status as of date of application. Rankings for a family shall be determined based on the family member with the highest priority. If a person or family has two or more members who qualify in one or more priority categories, the City’s published priority determination rules shall provide for increased priority based thereon. Where different qualifications are listed within a priority, all shall have equal priority.

For complete details on the City of Los Altos Below Market Rate program Guidelines please click here.

FIRST PRIORITY (In no order of preference)

  • Persons who are regular, full-time staff for School District or Charter School who have been employed by a school that serves Los Altos residents, including the following schools outside City limits: Springer Elementary, Mountain View High, Cupertino Jr. High, Homestead High School, Alta Vista High, and West Valley Elementary, for a period of no less than 12 months prior to the time of application;
  • Persons who are salaried City employees as defined in the City's personnel rules, who have been employed by the City for a period of no less than 12 months prior to the application.
  • Persons who are salaried Santa Clara County Fire Department employees who are assigned to the two fire stations located in the City of Los Altos.

SECOND PRIORITY (In no order of preference)

  • Persons who reside in the City of Los Altos at time of application and who have lived in the City for at least the prior two years.
  • Persons who work in the City at the time of application and have worked in the City for at least two years;
  • Households which are required to relocate their residence as a result of Council action.

THIRD PRIORITY (In no order of preference)

  • Persons who work in the City at the time of application;
  • Persons who have lived in the City for at least two years and who have moved out of the City within the five years prior to the time of application; and
  • Persons whose parents or children live in the City at the time of the application and such persons have lived in the City at some prior time.

FOURTH PRIORITY (In no order of preference)

  • Persons who live or work within Santa Clara County at the time of application.