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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

  • Regional Project Manager, Asset Resource Group

    Position Overview: As a pivotal member of the expanding development team this key Project Manager role will establish a presence in the Bay Area and direct all phases of the development of affordable apartment homes in Northern California. Regional Project Manager, San Francisco Bay AreaLeader in the......

  • Communications Coordinator, Resources for Community Development

    Position Overview: The Communications Coordinator (CC) reports to the Director of Marketing and Fund Development to help meet strategic goals that will increase our impact on the affordable housing crisis. The CC will use successful marketing and fundraising communications strategies to deepen our relationships and increase......

  • Project Manager, Community Housing Partnership

    Position Overview: The Real Estate Development department supports this mission by creating supportive housing, both by constructing new buildings and renovating existing ones, and by undertaking major capital improvements to CHP’s existing portfolio of over 1,400 units of housing. CHP’s current housing development activities include new......

  • Director, Western Region, LIIF

    Position Overview: Working under the direction of the SVP, National Markets and Capital Solutions (SVP), the Director is the leader of LIIF’s activities in the Western Region (Market). The Director is accountable for positioning LIIF as a leader in the Market, particularly in the Bay Area,......

  • Housing Specialist I/II, City of San Mateo

    Position Overview: Under general supervision, the Housing Specialist I/II will perform a wide variety of duties primarily related to the administration of the federal Community Development Block Grant program, as well as assist with affordable housing programs, projects and plans.  VIEW THE COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION HERE.    APPLICATION PROCESS: Click......

  • Community Organizer, Mutual Housing

    Position Overview: Work with individual residents, resident groups and neighborhood groups and others to involve them in both community-building programs within Mutual Housing properties and in the Cities of Sacramento and Davis and in the public life to effect change for their families and community.  VIEW THE......

  • Development Operations Specialist, BRIDGE Housing

    Position Overview: The Development Operations Specialist position presents an exciting opportunity to contribute to the success of our high‐quality affordable housing while flexing your top‐notch communication, organization, and analytical skills. The Development Operations Specialist is part of the real estate development team and manages a variety of......

  • Director of Finance, Housing Authority of the City of Alameda

    Position Overview: The Director of Finance, reporting to the Executive Director, provides technical, administrative and strategic leadership for all Finance department programs, services and activities including finance, treasury, accounting, purchasing and billing. This position is responsible for management and supervision of the Finance team consisting of......

  • SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR, YWCA APARTMENTS

    Position Overview: The Special Projects Coordinator is a temporary 2-year position that will enable rapid process improvement for a highly committed staff team that is providing the direct service of housing management. As a team we envision a program that doesn’t just meet the needs, but......

  • Asset Manager, Mission Housing Development Corporation

    Position Overview: The Asset Manager will assist in overseeing and ensuring the financial and physical health of an affordable housing portfolio.  VIEW THE COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION HERE.   APPLICATION PROCESS:  Please email resume and cover letter to hr@missionhousing.org....

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