Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing

BMR (Below Market Rate) Rental Waitlist OPEN!

The City of Mountain View's Below Market Rate Rental Program is accepting applications for its waitlist. Applications will be accepted August 8 through August 26. To be eligible for a BMR apartment, households must have a combined annual income of more than 50% AMI and less than or equal to 80% AMI. Public safety employees and Public School Teachers who work in the city of Mountain View have priority, followed by Households who live or work in Mountain View. For more details please download: BMR Rental Waitlist OPEN!

 Applications can be obtained, by downloading it from or picking up a form at City Hall or Palo Alto Housing, 725 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301.



Mountain View's requires that developers set aside 10% of all new housing units for low and moderate income persons. In many cases the developer may pay an in-lieu fee instead of providing the units. The in-lieu fee would be used to build new affordable housing in Mountain View or support other affordable housing programs.

  • BMR ownership housing is targeted to median income households earning 80%-100% of the area median income.
  • BMR rental housing is targeted to low-income households earning between 50%-80% of the area median income.

The City Council adopted a priority system for BMR units giving first preference to the following people (in the following order):

  • Mountain View public safety employee
  • Public school teachers who work in Mountain View.
  • Households who live in Mountain View 
  • Households who work in Mountain View for at least two years.

If you are interested in the BMR program, you can be put on an interest list to be notified should any units become available. To be added to the interest list, please contact at the Palo Alto Housing Corporation (650) 321-9709 or click on the “Interest Form” link on the left side.