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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

  • Consulting Program Assistant, Northern California Community Loan Fund

    Position Overview: The Consulting Program Assistant oversees administration of all consulting engagements and supports the consulting team to organize contracts and client materials, prepare workshops and disburse grants. The Consulting Program Assistant works with a team of 6-9 consultants to monitor the status for each consulting......

  • Project Manager, Community Land Trust Association of Marin

    Position Overview: Under the direction of the Executive Director (ED) the Project Manager will be responsible for the development of affordable housing in CLAM’s service area. CLAM is at the beginning stages of a large project with significant potential for stable and affordable homes in West......

  • Chief Real Estate Officer, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

    Position Overview: The Chief Real Estate Officer (“CREO”) is an entrepreneurial leader and a critical member of the HGSF’s leadership and management team. S/he oversees the real estate acquisitions and development and construction teams. S/he will be responsible for identifying potential sites and projects to create......

  • Assistant Property Manager, Mutual Housing

    Position Overview: The Assistant Property Manager works side-by-side with the Property Manager in overseeing the day-to-day operation of the property, including resident satisfaction, wait-list management, leasing, overseeing maintenance, and ensuring their property is in compliance with standards and expectations of the Property Management Operations Manual, other......

  • Asset Management Administrator, BRIDGE Housing

    Position Overview: As the Asset Management Administrator, you will report to the Administrative Manager and will be responsible for activities relating to establishing property budgets and complying with governmental reporting. This is an excellent learning opportunity for someone who wants to explore the many different functions......

  • Deputy Director of the Administration and Management Division, Department of Housing and Community Development

    Position Overview: This is a full-time position. Under the direction of the Director and Chief Deputy Director (Exempt), the Deputy Director of the Administration and Management Division plans, organizes and directs all Departmental, administrative and support functions, and management initiatives. The Deputy Director is the fiscal expert for......

  • 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......

RESOURCES

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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Senior Project Manager, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

Position Overview: The Project Manager (PM) is a full time, exempt position, responsible for managing the new home subdivision development process after Tentative Map approval until home sales on multiple projects simultaneously. View the complete job description here.  APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants please submit both cover letter and resume...

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Project Manager, Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

Position Overview: The Project Manager (PM) is a full time, exempt position, responsible for managing the new home subdivision development process after Tentative Map approval until home sales on multiple projects simultaneously.  View the complete job description here.  APPLICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants please submit both cover letter and resume...

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Project Architect, Studio VARA

Position Overview: Studio VARA is a San Francisco based design practice encompassing Architecture, Urban Design and Interior Design. We are looking for an exceptional Project Architect to assist us immediately with contemporary residences, multi-family residential, and commercial projects. We are looking for a highly motivated design and...

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Job Captain, Studio VARA

Position Overview: Studio VARA is a San Francisco based design practice encompassing Architecture, Urban Design and Interior Design. We are looking for an exceptional Job Captain to assist us immediately with contemporary residences, multi-family residential, and commercial projects. We are looking for a highly motivated and design-minded...

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Designer, Studio VARA

Position Overview: Studio VARA is a San Francisco based design practice encompassing Architecture, Urban Design and Interior Design. We are looking for an exceptional Designer to assist us immediately with contemporary residences, multi-family residential, and commercial projects. We are looking for a highly motivated and design-minded individual...

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Community Organizing and Program Assistant, Resources for Community Development

Position Overview: The Community Organizing and Program Assistant will organize, facilitate and implement community engagement, community building, and community development activities in the unincorporated community of Ashland in Alameda County. This is a 20-hour per week, part-time position through October 2018, with the possibility of extension...

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