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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

  • Planner III, Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development

    Under direction, the Planner III conducts and coordinates complex planning surveys, planning research studies, analysis, and land use control projects; and insists in day-to-day administration of planning ordinances. The Planner III is expected to act with considerable independence in the selection of study techniques and......

  • Maintenance II, 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......

  • Director of Support Services, Tenderloin Housing Clinic

    Position Overview:The Director of Support Services manages a team of approximately 70 staff and is responsible for leading the overall delivery of a robust and dynamic support services program in accordance with Tenderloin Housing Clinic’s (THC) Mission, Core Values, and Customer Service Philosophy. This position......

  • Director of Housing Services, Tenderloin Housing Clinic

    Position Overview:The Director of Housing Services manages a team of approximately 20 staff and is responsible for assisting clients in attaining and maintaining housing through direct rental subsidies and/or money management services in accordance with THC’s Mission, Core Values, and Customer Service Philosophy. These programs......

  • Director of Compliance, BRIDGE Housing

    Position Overview:This position presents an exciting opportunity to contribute to the day‐to‐day and long term success of BRIDGE’S portfolio of nearly 100 operational properties. We are looking for a Director of Compliance with strong supervisory skills, superior organizational skills, and a background in affordable housing industry. As the Director, your primary responsibility will be to......

  • Community Organizer-Vietnamese Speaker, Mutual Housing Association

    Position Overview:Community Organizers work with individual residents, resident groups and neighborhood groups and others to involve them in both community-building programs within Mutual Housing California properties and in public life to effect change for their families and community. This position will specifically be assigned to......

  • Property Manager, Mutual Housing Association

    Position Overview:Mutual Housing Management is seeking an experienced Property Manager for one of Mutual Housing California’s 19 affordable multifamily properties. The position reports to the Regional Manager. This position is responsible for all rent collection, maintenance, administrative, and marketing duties necessary to sustain quality affordable......

  • Project Manager, BRIDGE Housing

    Position Overview:The Project Manager position presents an exciting opportunity to be part of the BRIDGE Northern California real estate development team and contribute to our mission. You will be responsible for managing all phases of real estate development for multiple projects. This position requires strong......

  • Executive Director, National NeighborWork Association

    Position Overview:Reporting to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, the Executive Director is responsible for providing overall leadership, direction and operational and financial management for the National NeighborWorks Association. The Executive Director will be responsible for the following major activities and functions:     VIEW......

  • Community Investment Compliance Manager, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

    Position Overview:Manages a team of employees who monitor Affordable Housing Program (AHP) funded projects and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and Bank policies. Recommends and implements corrective action in resolving noncompliance. Initiates and implements policy and procedural changes as they relate to the current AHP......

RESOURCES

Deputy Director Multifamily Programs, CA Housing Finance Agency

Position Overview:The Multifamily Programs Division is responsible for managing the Agency’s multifamily lending and financing programs as well as the asset management programs.  The Multifamily Lending Section operates the Agency’s multifamily lending programs, including acquisition, rehabilitation, permanent, and subsidy loans.  In addition, the Division is responsible for...

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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

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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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We Would Not Be Where We Are Without Your Hard Work

We are so proud that this community has not only placed Affordable Housing measures on the ballot in Santa Clara, Alameda and San Mateo Counties this year – but of the awareness for the measures that has spread across the Bay Area through these collective...

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