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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 Project Coordinator, City of Berkeley Department of Health, Housing & Community Services

    Position Overview: The City of Berkeley is seeking applicants for the Community Development Project Coordinator position until Monday, April 10.  The classification description, salary, benefits information and links to apply are available by clicking on Community Development Project Coordinator at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/berkeley/default.cfm . There is a current opening......

  • Senior Asset Manager, Mission Housing Development Corporation

    Position Overview: Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Senior Asset Manager will be responsible for maintaining MHDC’s high quality assets and for the design and implementation of MHDC’s long-term asset management plans for each building. The individual will oversee the third party property......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • Maintenance I, Eden Housing (Pinole)

    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, Eden Housing (San Leandro)

    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 (West Sacramento)

    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......

  • Property Manager, Eden Housing (Antioch)

    Position Overview: Under the direction of the Property Supervisor, the Property Manager is responsible for theoverall 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 withinestablished management operating and fiscal policies and assuring......

  • Property Manager, Eden Housing (Fairfield)

    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......

  • Asset Manager, BRIDGE Housing

    Position Overview: The Asset Manager position at BRIDGE Housing presents an excitingopportunity to join our Portfolio/Asset Management team and contribute to the day-to-day and longterm viability and success of BRIDGE’s portfolio of high-quality, affordable housing. BRIDGE’sportfolio of housing is currently over 100 properties and 10,000 units......

RESOURCES

Janitor, Eden Housing (Hayward)

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/1579/janitor/job...

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Housing Division Manager, City of Tacoma

Position Overview: The Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) is seeking a Housing Division Manager who is creative, pro-active, results-oriented and displays strong financing and development expertise. The incumbent will serve as mentor to subordinate staff and should be an excellent communicator.  View the complete job description...

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Development Staff Accountant, Eden Housing

Position Overview: The Development Staff Accountant is expected to produce high volume of complex accounting work, supports accounts payable and staff accountant. Prepares schedules and work with auditors to ensure timely completion of cost certifications and tax returns of assigned projects/developments.  APPLICATION PROCESS:Please apply through our careers...

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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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