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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

  • Community Development Director, City of Fairfield

    Position Overview: The City of Fairfield is seeking an experienced and innovative leader who can think strategically and thrive in a collaborative, problem-solving environment. With policy direction from the City Manager, the Community Development Director (CDD) plans, organizes, directs and reviews the activities and operations of the......

  • Asset Manager, BRIDGE Housing

    Position Overview: As the Asset Manager, you will be responsible for a portfolio of approximately 40 multifamily affordable housing properties. This portfolio includes a mix of property and financing types, primarily financed with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, as well as a number of public housing and......

  • 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......

  • Resident Services Coordinator, Eden Housing (Dublin)

    Position Overview: Under the supervision of a Resident Services Manager, the Resident Services Coordinator is responsible for assessing resident needs, developing and/or identifying programming to meet those needs, making resource information available to residents, and providing linkages to needed services for low-income residents living in affordable......

  • Facilities Manager, Eden Housing (Hayward)

    Position Overview: Under the direct supervision of the Associate Director of Facilities, assists Property Operations in meeting Eden’s mission of maintaining high quality, well-maintained properties throughout its portfolio. Ensures the best use of all of its employees, tools, equipment, systems and resources. Oversee and maintain effective,......

  • Deputy Director of Real Estate Development, Housing Authority for the City of San Buenaventura

    Position Overview: This position has the overall responsibility for managing the operations and administration of the Real Estate Development Department. Critical functions of this position include real estate development, multi-family design, construction, program administration and federal, state and municipal regulatory compliance and the periodic evaluation of......

  • Chief Housing Operations Officer, Community Housing Partnership

    Position Overview: The Chief Housing Operations Officer oversees property management and asset management, and works in partnership with the CEO and other members of the senior leadership team to increase Community Housing Partnership’s scope and impact in providing high quality housing to formerly homeless people.  View the......

  • Maintenance I, Eden Housing (Hayward)

    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......

  • Assistant Manager/Night 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 (Hayward)

    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......

RESOURCES

Deputy Director of Real Estate Development, Housing Authority for the City of San Buenaventura

Position Overview: This position has the overall responsibility for managing the operations and administration of the Real Estate Development Department. Critical functions of this position include real estate development, multi-family design, construction, program administration and federal, state and municipal regulatory compliance and the periodic evaluation of...

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Rent and Community Programs Specialist, The Housing Authority of the City of Alameda (AHA)

Position Overview: AHA is opening a recruitment for a Rent and Community Programs Specialist. Under general supervision, Specialists perform a variety of complex journey level work related to the Housing Authority’s provision of rent and community programs, including functions encompassing all facets of rent regulations in...

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Senior Housing Operations Supervisor, Community Housing Partnership

Position Overview: The Sr. Housing Operations Supervisor is a core leadership position within CHP’s Housing Operations Department (HOD).  The position is responsible for supervising two Property Supervisors, as well as overseeing operations at approximately three supportive housing sites in San Francisco.  The Sr. Housing Operations Supervisor...

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