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The City of Davis Affordable Housing Program

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The City of Davis has had a long standing commitment to affordable housing. Since the late 1980s Davis has had inclusionary requirements in its General Plan policies, and in 1990 adopted an ordinance requiring affordable housing (both rental and ownership) for households from extremely low (30% AMI) to moderate (120% AMI) income levels. Since the adoption of this ordinance, 1,800 affordable units have been developed, with 1,100 of those units remaining permanently affordable.

The City's Municipal Code is located here.  Chapter 18 of the ordinance contains the City's Affordable Housing requirements for owner occupancy (18.04) and housing development (18.05).

One of the biggest accomplishments of the city’s affordable housing program is its variety of development types to meet the needs of the community. There are affordable homes and apartments, for rent and for purchase, spread throughout the city, in mixed income developments, and solely affordable developments. There are cooperative housing projects, senior-specific housing, and supportive housing for individuals with special needs.  

In 2014 the Social Services Commission, at the direction of the City Council, held a series of workshops on the Affordable Housing Program, discussing the program's past accomplishments, present status and future possibilities.  A summary of the workshops is available for download below:

Affordable Housing Workshop Summary - July 2014

One of the outcomes of the workshop was to direct staff to review components of the City's Affordable Housing Ordinance.  Staff is working with a consultant to assess economic impacts of updates to the Affordable Housing Ordinance, specifically looking at the feasibility of mixed-use and stacked flat condominium projects in adhering to an affordable housing requirement, either through the on-site construction of units or payment of affordable housing in-lieu fees. While potential changes to the ordinance are still in discussion with the City Council, the report provided by the consultant is below:

Davis Affordable Housing Project Economics Report

Specific Information on Affordable Housing Programs:

Links are provided for specific information on the City's Rental or Ownership Affordable Housing Programs.  If you have questions about these programs, please contact Housing staff by phone at (530) 757-5623 or by email at