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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

  • Part-time Data & Policy Analyst, California Housing Partnership

    Position Overview:The Data & Policy Analyst is a temporary, part-time position (15-20 hours per week) responsible for (i) assisting the Housing Data Manager with data collection and analysis, database building and maintenance, and GIS mapping, and (ii) assisting the Senior Policy Analyst with research and......

  • Property Management Supervisor (Full-time, FLSA Exempt), Housing Authority of the City of Alameda

    Position Overview:This is a supervisory classification that is responsible for property management, as well as work performed by staff related to the initial and continued occupancy of multiple Housing Authority rental units. The Property Management Supervisor is responsible for supervising the daily operations of a......

  • Maintenance Supervisor (Full-time, FLSA Exempt), Housing Authority of the City of Alameda

    Position Overview:The Maintenance Supervisor oversees the full range of facilities maintenance duties required to ensure that Housing Authority infrastructure, systems, and facilities are maintained in a safe and effective working condition. This is an exempt position reporting to the Director of Property Operations.The Maintenance Supervisor......

  • Administrative Assistant, Mutual Housing California

    Position Overview:Mutual Housing Management provides professional property management services to Mutual Housing California’s 19 affordable multifamily properties. The mission of Mutual Housing Management is to be an exceptional steward of Mutual Housing’s portfolio of multifamily housing properties to support long‐term sustainability. Supporting the Director of Property......

  • Housing Development – Project Manager, Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC)

    Position Overview:The CEDC affordable housing division operations are based on the practice of community building principles. Project Managers, in addition to being technically competent, must exhibit strong community facilitation skills. Managers must be able to engage neighborhood residents in cooperative dialogue as part of the......

  • Deputy Director for Legislation, CA Department of Housing and Community Development

    Position Overview:Under general direction of the Director/Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the Deputy Director for Legislation’s primary responsibility is to manage the Legislation Program by providing high-level technical and policy expertise on legislation affecting HCD policy and acts......

  • Occupancy Specialist – Bilingual English/Spanish

    Position Overview: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Familiarity......

  • Maintenance Technician – Bilingual English/Spanish

    Position Overview: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Experience......

  • Property Supervisor, Eden Housing (Hayward, CA)

    Position Overview: Assists in the development and monitoring of company policies and procedures related to property management; responsible for recruitment, training, development, and supervision of Property Managers, and primary responsibility for ensuring the physical asset and performance of assigned properties. Assists senior management and other supervisors......

  • Project Developer, Eden Housing (Hayward, CA)

    Position Overview: Responsible for originating, coordinating and implementing all aspects of the development of affordable housing projects. Projects may include new construction, rehabilitation, Eden-owned resyndications, and joint ventures with other developers. Project developers are expected to manage a workload of multiple projects in a collaborative environment.   VIEW......

RESOURCES

Maintenance Supervisor (Full-time, FLSA Exempt), Housing Authority of the City of Alameda

Position Overview:The Maintenance Supervisor oversees the full range of facilities maintenance duties required to ensure that Housing Authority infrastructure, systems, and facilities are maintained in a safe and effective working condition. This is an exempt position reporting to the Director of Property Operations.The Maintenance Supervisor...

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Administrative Assistant, Mutual Housing California

Position Overview:Mutual Housing Management provides professional property management services to Mutual Housing California’s 19 affordable multifamily properties. The mission of Mutual Housing Management is to be an exceptional steward of Mutual Housing’s portfolio of multifamily housing properties to support long‐term sustainability. Supporting the Director of Property...

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Deputy Director for Legislation, CA Department of Housing and Community Development

Position Overview:Under general direction of the Director/Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the Deputy Director for Legislation’s primary responsibility is to manage the Legislation Program by providing high-level technical and policy expertise on legislation affecting HCD policy and acts...

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Property Supervisor, Eden Housing (Hayward, CA)

Position Overview: Assists in the development and monitoring of company policies and procedures related to property management; responsible for recruitment, training, development, and supervision of Property Managers, and primary responsibility for ensuring the physical asset and performance of assigned properties. Assists senior management and other supervisors...

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Project Developer, Eden Housing (Hayward, CA)

Position Overview: Responsible for originating, coordinating and implementing all aspects of the development of affordable housing projects. Projects may include new construction, rehabilitation, Eden-owned resyndications, and joint ventures with other developers. Project developers are expected to manage a workload of multiple projects in a collaborative environment.   VIEW...

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Portfolio and Sustainability Associate, Bridge Housing

Position Overview: The Portfolio and Sustainability Associate position presents an exciting opportunity to contribute tothe success of our high‐quality affordable housing while flexing your analytical skills and expandingyour knowledge of sustainable building practices. The Portfolio team is responsible for monitoring BRIDGE’s long‐term owner interests and focuseson maintaining...

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Project Manager, Midpen Housing

Position Overview: The Project Manager is part of the Development Department, working with project teams to support the development of affordable housing communities, including the entitlement, financing, design, construction, leasing, and on-going maintenance of new construction and renovation projects. Project Managers are supervised by a Director...

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Vice President of Real Estate Development, EAH Housing (San Rafael, CA)

Position Overview: The Vice President of Real Estate Development is responsible for managing all aspects of affordable housing and real estate development activities, including marketing, evaluation of potential projects; overseeing new construction, acquisition, and building rehabilitation; formation of public and private partnerships; identifying and securing construction...

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Director of Finance, Oakland Housing Authority

Position Overview: Under the general direction of the Executive Director or his designate, manages and directs the Authority's financial management and accounting operation.  VIEW THE COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION HERE.  APPLICATION PROCESS:  If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete an OHA employment application online at www.oakha.org...

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On Track Together: Housing and Transportation- Building the Bay Area’s Vibrant, Sustainable, and Affordable Future Together

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the midst of plenty, the San Francisco Bay Area region is failing to house the people who have made our region the success it is today. Unaffordable rents and home prices in the Bay Area are pushing out many...

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Executive Assistant and Board of Directors Coordinator, Eden Housing (Hayward)

Position Overview: Under the direct supervision of the Manager of Corporate and Development Administration, the Executive Assistant and Board of Directors Coordinator provides administrative support to Eden’s President, it’s Boards, the Board Committees, the Development department and also provides comprehensive clerical and administrative support for the...

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