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Senior residents at Eden Housing’s Eden Issei Terrace in Hayward. Photo by Alain McLaughlin, courtesy of Eden Housing

 

Affordable Housing 101

What is Affordable Housing?

A home is generally considered affordable if the household pays 30% or less of their gross income (before taxes are taken out) towards rent/mortgage payments. The term usually refers to homes affordable to people with low, very low and extremely low income, including low-wage working families, seniors on fixed incomes, veterans, people with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness.

 

There are different kinds of affordable homes, including public housing (owned by the local housing authority), Section 8 vouchers that help people rent privately owned homes, and privately owned housing developments with restricted rents. In the Bay Area, many affordable homes are built and managed by nonprofit organizations.

 

As an example, if your household income is $60,000 a year, affordable housing would mean you pay no more than $1,500 monthly for your mortgage or rent and utilities. If you are in a sales job, making $12.00 an hour, affordable rent would be paying no more than $624 dollars a month in rent and utilities.

 

For more industry definitions, check out our Affordable Housing Glossary.

 

Find Affordable Housing in Your Area

 

  • Read through the April 2015 San Francisco Housing Resource Guide – an excellent resource including housing rights and legal resources, resources for individuals experiencing homelessness, resources for veterans, the elderly, families, youth, individuals with disabilities and additional insight.

 

  • Visit HUD’s online search page and use their search function to look for federally funded affordable housing in your area. You must contact the individual housing developers and developments on the list generated by your search for information about available units or to get on their waiting lists.

 

  • Check out Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco’s monthly housing opportunities list. Click here for the latest monthly report Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties. Click here for all other Bay Area counties.

 

  • Call Helplink at 1-800-273-6222.

 

  • Download our guide for searching for affordable housing and a list of state funded affordable housing by California counties. You must contact the individual housing developments on the list about available units or to get on their waiting lists.

 

Seeking help with a housing issue? Bay Area Legal Aid’s housing division provides legal assistance in the following areas, subject to the available legal resources in each county or office:

 

  • Public, Subsidized and Private Housing
  • Residential Hotels
  • Housing Conditions
  • Rent Control
  • Eviction Defense
  • Lock-outs and Utility Shut-offs
  • Fair Housing
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Training Advocates and Community Organizations

 

 

Click here to get a contact list by county for Bay Area Legal Aid’s Advice Hotline.

Seeking help with a legal issue?

Bay Area Legal Aid’s housing division provides legal assistance in the following areas, subject to the available legal resources in each county or office:

 

  • Public, Subsidized and Private Housing
  • Residential Hotels
  • Housing Conditions
  • Rent Control
  • Eviction Defense
  • Lock-outs and Utility Shut-offs
  • Fair Housing
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Training Advocates and Community Organizations

 

Click here to get a contact list by county for Bay Area Legal Aid’s Advice Hotline.

Jobs in Affordable Housing

  • Project Coordinator, People’s Self-Help Housing Corporation

    Position Overview: Essential Functions:1. Collect and organize key project documents (aka “deal book”) after project completion.2. Assist Project Manager(s) with funding applications.3. Assist Project Manager(s) with finance closing due diligence document collection and disbursement.4. Assist with preparation for public presentations.5. Conduct initial research on potential projects.6.......

  • Assistant Manager, Eden Housing (Gilroy)

    Position Overview: Within established management operating and fiscal policy, the Assistant Manager assists the Property Manager in managing the day-to-day activities of operating and maintaining facilities and equipment in housing projects designed to provide low-income families, seniors, special users, or other eligible individuals with furnished or......

  • Assistant Manager, Eden Housing (Pinole)

    Position Overview: Within established management operating and fiscal policy, the Assistant Manager assists the Property Manager in managing the day-to-day activities of operating and maintaining facilities and equipment in housing projects designed to provide low-income families, seniors, special users, or other eligible individuals with furnished or......

  • Maintenance II, Eden Housing (Pinole)

    Position Overview: Performs maintenance duties and repairs, such as skilled plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, sheet rock repair, major appliance repair, refurbishing, and common area cleaning in housing projects designed to provide low-income families, seniors, special users, or other eligible individuals with furnished or unfurnished housing in......

  • Maintenance I, Eden Housing (San Leandro)

    Position Overview: Performs duties and repairs, such as skilled plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, sheet rock repair, major appliance repair, refurbishing, and common area cleaning in housing projects designed to provide low-income families, seniors, special users, or other eligible individuals with furnished or unfurnished housing in single......

  • Project Manager, Skid Row Housing Trust

    Position Overview: Working under the direction of the Real Estate Development Director, the Project Manager works as part of a team and is responsible for the development of new and existing permanent supportive housing, affordable housing, and community development projects in Los Angeles and the surrounding......

  • Payroll Clerk, Eden Housing

    Position Overview: The Payroll Clerk will process bi-weekly payroll using online payroll service. Must maintain ongoing maintenance of payroll system GL interface to ensure accurate collection and output of custom payroll reports and data; development of payroll reports using system report writing function, ongoing auditing, analysis......

  • Executive Director, Lesley Senior Communities

    Position Overview:The ideal candidate will be an inspirational leader; a mission-driven, creative and strategic thinker; a culturally sensitive, skilled collaborator and effective communicator; and a self-aware, pragmatic manager. A good sense of humor is definitely required.The ED will model integrity, intentionality, and compassion as well......

  • Maintenance II, Eden Housing (Marina)

    Position Overview: Performs maintenance duties and repairs, such as skilled plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, sheet rock repair, major appliance repair, refurbishing, and common area cleaning in housing projects designed to provide low-income families, seniors, special users, or other eligible individuals with furnished or unfurnished housing in......

  • Senior Asset Manager, Mission Housing Development Corporation

    Position Overview: Under the direct supervision of the Director of Finance, and in coordination with the Executive Director, the Senior Asset Manager will be responsible for maintaining Mission Housing’s high quality assets and for the design and implementation of strategies within the multifamily unit. The individual......

RESOURCES

Project Coordinator, People’s Self-Help Housing Corporation

Position Overview: Essential Functions:1. Collect and organize key project documents (aka “deal book”) after project completion.2. Assist Project Manager(s) with funding applications.3. Assist Project Manager(s) with finance closing due diligence document collection and disbursement.4. Assist with preparation for public presentations.5. Conduct initial research on potential projects.6....

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Assistant Manager, Eden Housing (Gilroy)

Position Overview: Within established management operating and fiscal policy, the Assistant Manager assists the Property Manager in managing the day-to-day activities of operating and maintaining facilities and equipment in housing projects designed to provide low-income families, seniors, special users, or other eligible individuals with furnished or...

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Assistant Manager, Eden Housing (Pinole)

Position Overview: Within established management operating and fiscal policy, the Assistant Manager assists the Property Manager in managing the day-to-day activities of operating and maintaining facilities and equipment in housing projects designed to provide low-income families, seniors, special users, or other eligible individuals with furnished or...

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Maintenance II, Eden Housing (Pinole)

Position Overview: Performs maintenance duties and repairs, such as skilled plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, sheet rock repair, major appliance repair, refurbishing, and common area cleaning in housing projects designed to provide low-income families, seniors, special users, or other eligible individuals with furnished or unfurnished housing in...

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Maintenance I, Eden Housing (San Leandro)

Position Overview: Performs duties and repairs, such as skilled plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, sheet rock repair, major appliance repair, refurbishing, and common area cleaning in housing projects designed to provide low-income families, seniors, special users, or other eligible individuals with furnished or unfurnished housing in single...

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Payroll Clerk, Eden Housing

Position Overview: The Payroll Clerk will process bi-weekly payroll using online payroll service. Must maintain ongoing maintenance of payroll system GL interface to ensure accurate collection and output of custom payroll reports and data; development of payroll reports using system report writing function, ongoing auditing, analysis...

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Executive Director, Lesley Senior Communities

Position Overview:The ideal candidate will be an inspirational leader; a mission-driven, creative and strategic thinker; a culturally sensitive, skilled collaborator and effective communicator; and a self-aware, pragmatic manager. A good sense of humor is definitely required.The ED will model integrity, intentionality, and compassion as well...

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Maintenance II, Eden Housing (Marina)

Position Overview: Performs maintenance duties and repairs, such as skilled plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, sheet rock repair, major appliance repair, refurbishing, and common area cleaning in housing projects designed to provide low-income families, seniors, special users, or other eligible individuals with furnished or unfurnished housing in...

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Maintenance II at Tienda Drive, Eden Housing

Position Overview: Performs maintenance duties and repairs, such as skilled plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, sheet rock repair, major appliance repair, refurbishing, and common area cleaning in housing projects designed to provide low-income families, seniors, special users, or other eligible individuals with furnished or unfurnished housing in...

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Project Manager, Community Housing Partnership

Position Overview: Project managers are responsible for developing new and rehabilitated supportive housing buildings for formerly homeless households. The position requires the ability to lead an external team of consultants, architects and contractors, and an internal team from various CHP departments, to complete development projects serving...

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Nonprofit Financial Management Consultant, Northern California Community Loan Fund

Position Overview: The Nonprofit Financial Management Consultant works in NCCLF’s Consulting Services Program, a technical assistance program that increases the financial management capacity of nonprofits. S/He will provide direct technical assistance in areas such as assessing an organization’s financial position, developing budgeting processes, analyzing cash flows,...

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Property Manager, Eden Housing (Hayward)

Position Overview: Under the direction of the Property Supervisor, the Property Manager is responsible for the overall operation of the property, and the day to day implementation of those policies, procedures and programs that will assure a well-managed, well-maintained building within established management operating and fiscal...

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