Housing Programs

Housing Programs
The Town of Los Gatos Community Development Department works in partnership with the housing successor agency to the former Los Gatos Redevelopment Agency to improve and preserve the supply and quality of existing rental and ownership housing opportunities that are available for residents and employees of local businesses.
This is a listing of available housing and housing-related services that serve the Town of Los Gatos and Santa Clara County.

Below Market Price (BMP) Housing Program
When new developments are approved by the Town, the Below Market Price (BMP) Housing Ordinance adopted in 1979 requires developers to offer a minimum percentage of the units so they are affordable to lower and median income households.

Neighborhood Housing Services Silicon Valley (NHSSV) is the contract administrator for the Los Gatos Below Market Price (BMP) Housing Program. NHSSV coordinates the buyer qualification and selection process for both new and resale BMP ownership units and conducts the annual monitoring and tenant verification for BMP rental units. For more information, please contact Neighborhood Housing Services at 408-279-2600.
  • For current BMP owners or renters, please contact Christina Dimas at 408-579-6508 or email.
  • For interest in future BMP units or rentals, please contact Mandy Israde at 408-579-6508 or email.
  • Town of Los Gatos BMP policy
Rental Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Program Los Gatos Rental Dispute Ordinance 2128 Adopted by the Town in 2004 and helps stabilizes rents on properties with 3 or more units.
Project Sentinel is the contract administrator for the program and provides conciliation, mediation, and arbitration services. For more information, please contact Project Sentinel at 408-402-0307 or email Anky Van Deursen.

Comprehensive Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) 
West Valley Community Services supplies services to low and extremely low income families living in Los Gatos. Services include:

  • Rental assistance to prevent homelessness
  • Assistance to prevent eviction
  • Deposit assistance to house un-housed persons
  • Utility assistance to prevent utility shut off

West Valley Community Services Brochure

For more information, please contact Michelle Ma, MSW, Program Manager - Stability Support Services at 408-255-8033 ext.106 or email michellem@wvcommunityservices.org>
 
Mobile Home Ordinance
The Los Gatos Mobile Home Ordinance was adopted by the Town in 1992 and helps stabilize rents in mobile home parks.

Project Sentinel assists the Town with administration of the Mobile Home Ordinance. For more information, please contact Project Sentinel at 408-402-0307 or email Anky Van Deursen.

Santa Clara County Annual Income Limits
The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development establishes annual income limit definitions, adjusted by household size, for Santa Clara County. These limits are used by many local agencies to determine eligibility for various programs.

Santa Clara County Fair Market Rents
The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development establishes annual Fair Market Rent limit definitions for Santa Clara County. These limits are used by the Town to determine allowable rent for the Town’s BMP Program.
Utility Allowance Information
The Housing Authority of Santa Clara County establishes annual utility allowance information for use by landlords and local agencies in determining allowable rents and increases.
Housing Rehabilitation Resources
Down Payment Assistance Resources
Additional Housing Related Resources