About us

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Hello Housing, the nonprofit organization powering HelloBright.org, advances housing solutions that promote stability, center equity and cultivate community.


Founded in 2005, the Hello Housing “way of working” is collaborative by design, engaging our public and private partners and the communities we serve, to preserve existing and produce new affordable housing in the Bay Area. As both a developer of affordable for-sale homes and a designer/operator of a variety of homeownership programs, Hello Housing helps people call the Bay Area home for generations.


Bright in Your Own Backyard is a One Stop Shop for homeowners who are motivated to add Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) or Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs) to their property.  Hello Housing's team of experts in design and construction are ready to support homeowners where ever they are at in their ADU/JADU journey.  Whether the homeowner is at the very beginning of figuring out what is possible on the property, stuck in permitting, or if they can't find a good contractor, we are here to help.  We run a number of programs for local government partners where our project management services are free.  We are also able to enter into fee-for-service contracts directly with homeowners living throughout the Bay Area who may not qualify or live in an area where our free programs are available.  Learn more on our website under Sponsored Services or Fee For Service Consultation.


While many households in the Bay Area can afford to make a hefty monthly mortgage payment, saving up for the down payment while paying hefty rent is a major barrier. Hello Housing, in partnership with Alameda County, is giving buyers a boost with an AC Boost Down Payment Assistance Loan of up to $210,000. Preferences are given to educators, first responders and households displaced from Alameda County. Alameda County voters approved $50 million for this purpose and we are busy putting these dollars to work throughout the County. Learn more at ACBoost.org.