Welcome to the City's housing website, an area devoted exclusively to housing issues. There is a growing awareness that the need for affordable housing affects everyone - renters, homeowners, business owners and current and future residents of all income levels. The City of San Luis Obispo recognizes its role in promoting a variety of housing types to meet the changing needs, resources and conditions in the community.
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What is affordable housing?
Affordable housing is housing available to extremely-low, very-low, low, and moderate income persons and households. The City maintains
Affordable Housing Standards which show the maximum income for each category to qualify based on household size, and maximum sales and rent prices based on the number of bedrooms in a unit for the various income groups.
What is inclusionary housing?
New development projects must contribute toward the production of affordable housing, as specified in the
Housing Element. Inclusionary housing applies to development projects that include five or more dwelling units or commercial developments of more than 2,500 square feet.
What affordable housing incentives are available?
The City offers a variety of incentives to encourage the development of affordable housing. Some examples of incentives include: density bonuses, relaxation of property development standards and waiver of application and development review processing fees. Please the
Zoning Regulations for more information.
How do I qualify for affordable housing?
The City publishes
Affordable Housing Standards and Affordable Housing Purchase and Rental Guidelines to assist the public prescreen themselves for program eligibility. These standards and guidelines are also used by the Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo and other qualified non-profit organizations to income certify potential owners and renters for the program
Does the City own or manage affordable housing units?
The City of San Luis Obispo does not directly own or manage affordable housing units and does not place people in housing. Housing units deed restricted for affordability under the City’s program are all privately owned and managed. Please click here for a list of some of the projects that include affordable units. For more information regarding affordable housing availability, please see the local Multiple Listing Service, local realtor or property management company directly.