Affordable Housing Resources

Frequently Asked Questions About Housing

Guides:
– San Francisco Housing and Homelessness Guide by MOHCD (for multiple languages – Spanish, Cantonese, Tagalog, click here.)
– What is Public Housing? by San Francisco Housing Authority
– How to Qualify for Low Income Housing by SFGate
– Tenants Rights, Laws, and Protection
– Renting versus Buying

Affordable and Low-Income Housing Opportunities:
– BiSHoP Housing Updates or BiSHoP Facebook – Check here for updates about our program and other housing issues and opportunities
– Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development Listings (MOHCD) – Be sure to sign up to their email alert list
Feburary 2016 Wait List Opportunities by ADRC

Below Market Rate Opportunities:
– Mayor’s Office of Housing BMR Listings
– BMR Email List – Sign up here to receive information via email about our affordable homeownership and rental opportunities and about below market rate (BMR) properties available for purchase or rent, including information about upcoming application deadlines and lottery date

Housing Opportunities from Nonprofit Developers:
– Asian Inc. – Asian, Inc.’s portfolio consists of 8 low-income properties and 2 market rate properties providing housing to approximately 292 low-income households in the City and County of San Francisco. At present, all their units are filled, but the waiting lists remain open and people are encouraged to apply for our low-income rental housing opportunities
– Bridge Housing Listings –BRIDGE has grown into a multifaceted organization with a staff of more than 400 people and the ability to handle every aspect of project finance, development, property and asset management, and portfolio management. For general information about living at our properties, please click here.
– Mercy Housing SF Listings – Each Mercy Housing property has its own leasing office and its own application process. If you or your family would like to rent a low-income apartment home at one of Mercy Housing’s communities, please call each property directly or schedule an appointment with BiSHoP
– Tenderloin Neighborhood Development – TNDC promotes equal affordable housing opportunities to all people regardless of race or ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, age, disability, HIV/AIDS status or place of current residence. Please note that anyone applying for housing is required to provide a variety of documentation which may include picture identification, social security number, or proof of employment; and only eligible applicants will be placed.
– California Rental Opportunities (Posted by California Department of Housing and Development)
– SF Rental Opportunities (Posted by US Department of Housing and Urban Development)
– Transitional Housing – If you are a homeless single adult, family or youth, the Human Services Agency may be able to provide transitional housing to help you move from the street to permanent housing. Clients using transitional housing may stay in the housing for six months to two years and receive intensive services such as education, job training and placement, substance abuse counseling, parenting classes and child care services. They usually pay 30 percent of their income for services and housing.

Other Housing Search Websites:
– SF Craigslist – *BEWARE OF FRAUDULENT POSTINGS*
– Section 8 Listings – For Section 8 Voucher Holders
– One Home Bay Area – One Home is a free, nonprofit website designed to help individuals and families find affordable housing

If you live or work in the South of Market and are interested in applying to any of these properties, please schedule an appointment by calling 415-255-2347.

Housing Organizations and Agencies
– Bill Sorro Housing Program
– Eviction Defense Collaborative – The Eviction Defense Collaborative is the principal organization in San Francisco helping low-income tenants respond to eviction lawsuits. Each year we provide emergency legal services and rental assistance to over 5,000 tenants in San Francisco.
– Mayor’s Office of Housing – The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Housing is to provide financing for the development, rehabilitation and purchase of affordable housing in San Francisco
– Housing Rights Committee of SF – Housing Rights Committee is a tenants rights organization that offers free counseling for San Francisco tenants in all types of housing, including rent-control, public housing and Section 8.
– Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) – Offers a variety of services such as housing for people with disabilities.
– Human Services Agency of San Francisco – Information on Emergency Shelters, transitional housing, eviction prevention services
– Rent Board – For information about tenant’s rights under rent control, to file a petition for illegal eviction, illegal rent increase, etc. Runs a free counseling line daily 8am-4pm, 415-252-4602
– San Francisco Housing Authority – The primary mission of the SFHA is to provide safe, sanitary, affordable, and decent housing to very low-income families, senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
– San Francisco Tenants Union – Since 1971, the SF Tenants Union has been fighting for the rights of tenants and for the preservation of affordable housing in San Francisco. From the struggle for rent control in the 1970s to 1998’s Proposition G (to end the abuses of OMI evictions), the Tenants Union has been the city’s leading advocate for tenants.

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