BMR Eligibility

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 Apartments has 17 Below Market Rate Apartments for Very Low and Low Income Households. The Below Market Rate interest list is currently closed and no BMR applications are currently being accepted at this time.

Adopted Priority Categories per the City of Los Altos:

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 time of 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 at the 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.
  • 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

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

General questions regarding the City of Los Altos's Affordable Housing Program can be directed to the City of Los Altos Planning Division at (650) 947-2750.

Below Market Rate Qualifications and Occupancy Requirements:  

Very Low (50%)
Household Size

Very Low (50%) Income Limit
Annual Household Income at Move-in Must Be Below

1 Person$51,250
2 Person$58,550
3 Person$65,850
4 Person$73,150
5 Person$79,050

Low (80%) 
Household Size

Low (80%) Income Limit 
Annual Household Income at Move-in Must Be Below

1 Person

$72,750

2 Person

$83,150

3 Person

$93,550

 

 

Unit TypeMinimum
Household Size
Maxi mum
Household Size
1 Bedroom1 Person3 People
2 Bedroom2 Person5 People

 

 

 

These rates may be increased in accordance with the BMR regulations.

Very Low (50%) Rent Limit:

• 1 Bedroom    $1,140
• 2 Bedroom    $1,269

Low (80%) Rent Limit:

• 1 Bedroom    $1,928
 

 

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