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The City's Community Development Department implements three housing programs. Information on these programs and other housing services are provided below. For more information, please e-mail SocialServices@san-clemente.org

  • Neighborhood Revitalization- Includes the Home Rehabilitation Program which provides loans for qualified rental properties and owner-occupied properties, and the Neighborhood Pride Program which provides special neighborhood clean-ups, public education of laws and services, and code enforcement.
  • Affordable Housing Program- This program provides funds for non-profit agencies to acquire and rehabilitate older apartment buildings or construct new apartments for long term affordable housing for very low income households (persons earning less than 50% of median income). Proposals from Non-profit developers are accepted year-round pending available funds and priorities are met.
  • Inclusionary Housing Program- This program requires developers building 6 housing units or more to provide 4% of the total number of units for very low-income households, on-site, off-site, or pay an in-lieu fee, donation of land or a combination recommended by the Community Development Director. The in-lieu fees are provided as a no interest or low interest loan to non-profit agencies for a minimum of 55 years to acquire or build affordable housing.

Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

Each year a limited amount of federal funds are available as grants and loans for use in repairing and improving your home, mobile home, or rental property in the federally designated Community Development Block Grant Target Area. A vital part of the Neighborhood Pride Program is to provide low-cost rehabilitation loans to repair health and safety hazards, and to improve your property for the betterment of the neighborhood. The City of San Clemente submits the Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) and the Annual Action Plan for use of CDBG funds to HUD every year.

Affordable Housing Overlay 

The Affordable Housing Overlay Zone allows housing to be built in identified commercial zones on the zoning map. Zoning Ordinance Section 17.56.090 describes the details of the allowable housing uses in the overlay. Click here for a link to the Zoning Ordinance section for the Affordable Housing Overlay.

Fair Housing Foundation

The Fair Housing Foundation (FHF) is a non-profit corporation that has been providing services to municipalities for 44 years. Direct client services are located in the City of Long Beach. You may contact staff at (562) 989-1206 or (800) 446-3247. FHF offers a comprehensive Fair Housing Program that includes:
 1) Discrimination Complaint Intake and Investigation
 2) Enforcement and Impact Litigation
 3) Landlord/Tenant Counseling and
 4) General Fair Housing Education, Trainings and Outreach.
 From more information please visit http://www.fairhousingfoundation.com

Legal Aid Information

For more information on Eviction, Foreclosure Fraud, and other legal aid for low income households contact:

 Legal Aid Society: 714-569-0827 or www.legal-aid.com

 Public Law Center: 714-541-1010 or www.publiclawcenter.org 

Owner Occupied Loans application form

0% and 3% loans are available to qualified homeowners living in designated areas downtown and in some cases outside of the target area for qualified homeowners with properties with health and safety problems. Grants up to $3,000 may be given for small projects to remedy health and safety issues to persons earning less than 50% of median income. The current income qualifications are listed in the application.

Rental Rehabilitation Loans application form

3% loans and 50-50 matching deferred loans are the typical loans provided to property owners renting to low income households with rents not exceeding HUD guidelines. The 50-50 deferred loan becomes a grant after 4 years of property ownership.

South Orange County Affordable Housing

The County of Orange housing web site provides a list of all affordable housing projects in the County. Click here for the County web site.

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