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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

  • Property Management Supervisor (Full-time, FLSA Exempt), Housing Authority of the City of Alameda

    Position Overview:This is a supervisory classification that is responsible for property management, as well as work performed by staff related to the initial and continued occupancy of multiple Housing Authority rental units. The Property Management Supervisor is responsible for supervising the daily operations of a......

  • Maintenance Supervisor (Full-time, FLSA Exempt), Housing Authority of the City of Alameda

    Position Overview:The Maintenance Supervisor oversees the full range of facilities maintenance duties required to ensure that Housing Authority infrastructure, systems, and facilities are maintained in a safe and effective working condition. This is an exempt position reporting to the Director of Property Operations.The Maintenance Supervisor......

  • Administrative Assistant, Mutual Housing California

    Position Overview:Mutual Housing Management provides professional property management services to Mutual Housing California’s 19 affordable multifamily properties. The mission of Mutual Housing Management is to be an exceptional steward of Mutual Housing’s portfolio of multifamily housing properties to support long‐term sustainability. Supporting the Director of Property......

  • Housing Development – Project Manager, Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC)

    Position Overview:The CEDC affordable housing division operations are based on the practice of community building principles. Project Managers, in addition to being technically competent, must exhibit strong community facilitation skills. Managers must be able to engage neighborhood residents in cooperative dialogue as part of the......

  • Deputy Director for Legislation, CA Department of Housing and Community Development

    Position Overview:Under general direction of the Director/Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the Deputy Director for Legislation’s primary responsibility is to manage the Legislation Program by providing high-level technical and policy expertise on legislation affecting HCD policy and acts......

  • 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 Supervisor, Eden Housing (Hayward, CA)

    Position Overview: Assists in the development and monitoring of company policies and procedures related to property management; responsible for recruitment, training, development, and supervision of Property Managers, and primary responsibility for ensuring the physical asset and performance of assigned properties. Assists senior management and other supervisors......

  • Project Developer, Eden Housing (Hayward, CA)

    Position Overview: Responsible for originating, coordinating and implementing all aspects of the development of affordable housing projects. Projects may include new construction, rehabilitation, Eden-owned resyndications, and joint ventures with other developers. Project developers are expected to manage a workload of multiple projects in a collaborative environment.   VIEW......

  • Community Organizer (Vietnamese Speaker), Mutual Housing, Sacramento, CA

    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......

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