Waitlist Application Period

The waitlist Application Period  for 2021 is now closed.

Lottery Process

Hello Housing will conduct a lottery for all new applicants to establish a random waitlist ranking order within each priority group. New applicants will be added to the bottom of the list of the priority group for which they are eligible, after applicants who were on the 2020 waitlist and continue to qualify.

All applicants will be emailed or mailed results of their application specifying if they have been approved or denied and, if approved, their applicant number on the waitlist by the end of December.

2020 Waitlist Members

Anyone who wishes to be included on the waitlist must apply each year within the time frame, including those who were on the waitlist in previous years. Each application will be separated into a subgroup based on priority points. For applicants reapplying for a position on the waitlist, the applicant will maintain their current position on the waitlist from the previous year, provided the applicant continues to qualify for a BMR unit and their priority points remain unchanged. Applicants who are no longer income eligible, or who do not reapply, will be removed from the waitlist each year.

Paper Applications

To request that a paper application be mailed to you please email Hello Housing with the subject line “2021 Cupertino Waitlist Application” or call (415) 863-3036.  Paper applications will only be available during the month of October.

Priority Points

The City has established a priority point placement system that reflects the City’s priorities regarding placement of households into the limited number of BMR affordable units in the City.

Applicants can receive up to a maximum of 4 points based on the criteria below:

  • One Point: At least one member of the household must currently maintain a primary residence at an address located within Cupertino.
  • Two Points: At least one member of the household must:
    • Work for wages or salary within the boundaries Cupertino; or
    • Own or operate a business in Cupertino; or
    • Perform contract or commission work where the actual work is conducted at a Cupertino location.
  • One Additional Point: At least one member of the household must work for wages or salary for a public agency within the boundaries of Cupertino.
    (e.g.: Cupertino Unified School District (Cupertino schools only), City of Cupertino)

Applicants receiving four points shall be considered the highest priority; applicants receiving three points shall be considered the second highest priority; applicants receiving two points shall be considered the third highest priority; applicants receiving one point shall be considered the fourth highest priority; and applicants receiving zero points shall be considered the lowest priority.

Please answer the priority points application section carefully. Priority points will be verified by Hello Housing before any applicant can receive final approval to purchase a BMR home. Applicants who misstate their priority points will lose their waitlist position.

Asset Limit for Rental Program

Household assets may not exceed the maximum gross income allowed for the appropriate household size (please refer to the Income Limit chart). For example, a low-income household of four may not have more than $94,450 in assets.

Assets are the combined assets of all household members including, but not limited to, checking and savings accounts, stocks, mutual funds, profit sharing accounts, CDs, and money market accounts. Excluded from assets are all non-accessible funds or any assets that generate a penalty when withdrawn, i.e., 401K, CALPERS, STRS, and other pension plans.

Owning Property

Applicants cannot own a home and/or be on title of a property when applying for the BMR rental program.

Household Size

Household size is the total number of individuals who will be living in the unit (including children). Children must reside in the household at least 50% of the time to be considered part of the household.

False or Inaccurate Information

Please note that all information provided on the Waitlist Application will be verified by Hello Housing before any applicant can receive final approval for a BMR rental unit.  Any information found to be false or inaccurate will immediately void your participation in the program.  Candidates must keep Hello Housing updated throughout the year of any changes in information supplied.

Households may only apply submit one application for each waitlist (BMR Rental Program Waitlist and/or BMR Purchase Program Waitlist).  Applicants who submit multiple applications to one waitlist or whose names appear in multiple households for one waitlist will be automatically disqualified from the program.

BMR Rental Program Income Limits*

(effective April 2020)

Income Limit at 50% AMI Income Limit at 80% AMI
1 $55,300 $78,550
2 $63,200 $89,750
3 $71,100 $100,950
4 $78,950 $112,950
5 $85,300 $121,150
6 $91,600 $130,100
7 $97,900 $139,100
8 $104,250 $148,050

*Income Limits will be updated each year by HCD


Income Limits

Applicants to the BMR Program qualify based upon the most recently published Housing and Community Development (HCD) income limits per household size. Please refer to the chart above to see if your household qualifies. The income limits listed are annual gross income (before taxes taken out). In summary, gross household income is the sum of all the income for every adult, 18 years or older. Sources of income include all wages or salaries, overtime, bonuses, pensions, and any other sources of income.

Current BMR Residents

Program Update: During the COVID-19 crisis we are working to the best of our capacity while being offsite. This has presented various challenges but please be assured we are working to ensure timely and accurate processing.

We will be doing continued outreach to all tenants who may have questions about processes or paperwork. For tenants that need to return paperwork we have helped streamline the process to a fully online format.

Participants in the City of Cupertino BMP program undergo recertification every year. If you are a current resident, you will receive an income recertification packet in the mail. If you do not receive a packet, please contact Hello Housing.

Program Updates during Covid-19:

These are unprecedented times and we at Hello Housing would like to make you aware of some resources that may be available to you as a tenant who is renting their home through the City’s Below Market Rate (BMR) Program.

As you may know, on March 24, 2020, the County Board of Supervisors enacted a moratorium ​on “no-fault” evictions and evictions for non-payment of rent for tenants who have incurred substantial income loss and/or substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to share those options with you as well:

  • Contact your landlord and Hello Housing immediately if you believe that you may not be able to make your rent payment.
  • Contact Project Sentinel if you need assistance with Financial/Credit Counseling: housing.org.
  • Visit the City of Cupertino’s COVID-19 response page: https://www.cupertino.org.
  • Check out additional resources on our Resources page.

Alternatively, if you are considering moving, please email us.

If you are fortunate enough not to be financially impacted, we encourage you to continue paying your rent on time, saving for an emergency, and share this information to anyone in need.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Hello Housing and the City of Cupertino do not discriminate against any persons on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, source of income, genetic information, medical condition, physical disability or mental disability, or any other category protected by law.


BMR Informational Presentation 9.14.20
City of Cupertino’s BMR Program Manual
HCD Income Limits
Informacíon en Español



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