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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

  • 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 Manager, Eden Housing (Antioch)

    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......

  • Maintenance I, Eden Housing (San Jose)

    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......

  • Janitor, Eden Housing (Freedom, CA)

    Position Overview: Under general supervision of the Manager or Maintenance personnel, the Janitor is responsible for keeping exterior, common areas, vacant units, sidewalks and alleyways of property(ies) in a clean and safe condition. VIEW THE COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION HERE. APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply through our careers website: https://careers-edenhousing.icims.com/jobs/1627/janitor/job...

  • Senior Project Specialist, City of San Leandro

    Position Overview: Performs complex professional research, technical and project management work involving planning, economic development, affordable housing development, or other designated areas; serves as a team leader on complex project and programs and performs related work as required. VIEW THE COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION HERE. APPLICATION PROCESS:Application materials are......

  • Asset Management Analyst, MidPen Housing

    Position Overview: The Asset Management Analyst provides support to the Asset Management Department with a specific focus on the portfolio of their Senior Asset Manager supervisor. The support provided includes administrative responsibilities, reporting analysis, and involvement in special projects as assigned. This position is critical to......

  • Asset Manager, MidPen Housing

    Position Overview: The Asset Manager is responsible for a portfolio of up to 50 properties and is the primary contact for the assigned portfolio’s investors and lenders. The Asset Manager acts as the representative of the owner of each property, specifically in the capacity as a......

  • Senior Asset Manager, MidPen Housing

    Position Overview: The Senior Asset Manager (SAM) is the primary contact for the assigned portfolio’s investors and lenders. The AM’s portfolio is comprised of up to 40 properties, which may include up to 60 partners. The SAM is directly responsible for ensuring that the long-term financial......

  • Director of Compliance, Mutual Housing

    Position Overview: Mutual Housing Management is seeking an experienced Director of Compliance for its Property Management Department, located in Sacramento. The position reports to the Director of Property Management. This position is responsible for compliance review of all Tax Credit/HUD move-ins and re-certifications, conducting file audits......

RESOURCES

Property Manager, Eden Housing (Antioch)

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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Janitor, Eden Housing (Freedom, CA)

Position Overview: Under general supervision of the Manager or Maintenance personnel, the Janitor is responsible for keeping exterior, common areas, vacant units, sidewalks and alleyways of property(ies) in a clean and safe condition. VIEW THE COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION HERE. APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply through our careers website: https://careers-edenhousing.icims.com/jobs/1627/janitor/job...

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Senior Project Specialist, City of San Leandro

Position Overview: Performs complex professional research, technical and project management work involving planning, economic development, affordable housing development, or other designated areas; serves as a team leader on complex project and programs and performs related work as required. VIEW THE COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION HERE. APPLICATION PROCESS:Application materials are...

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Compliance Manager, BRIDGE Housing

Position Overview: BRIDGE Housing Corporation pursues an ambitious goal of “quality, quantity and affordability” while meeting the growing demand for affordable housing in high-cost communities. BRIDGE develops, maintains, and manages properties throughout California. We are looking for a Compliance Manager to join our dedicated San Francisco...

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Operations Manager, Housing California

Position Overview: The Operations Manager ensures that the day-to-day operations of Housing California run smoothly and are effectively administered. They are responsible for managing the organization’s administrative & office functions, including vendor and board relations; coordinating the organization’s membership growth and fund development efforts and providing...

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Events Manager, Housing California

Position Overview: The Events Manager is responsible for developing, managing, and executing Housing California’s Annual Conference, which includes planning, implementation, and post-conference follow up. The Events Manager will also be responsible for coordinating and managing other events hosted by the organization. View the complete job description here.  APPLICATION...

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