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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

  • 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....

  • Project Manager, Mission Housing Development Corporation

    Position Overview: The Project Manager will locate and evaluate suitable sites for development and or suitable existing buildings for acquisition; determine economic feasibility for development; research, prepare, and analyze development and operating budgets; track project budgets and make payments to consultants and vendors for project-related expenses;......

  • Controller, Mission Housing Development Corporation

    Position Overview: The Controller will oversee corporate financial operations at Mission Housing, working closely with the Senior Accountant, Executive Director, Director of Asset Management as well as other departments, the Construction Manager and outside contractors and consultants. The position will oversee all financial accounting and operations......

  • Property Supervisor, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates

    Position Overview: This position is responsible for overseeing the overall operation of 5 to 10 properties within SAHA’s portfolio, and ensuring that properties within their assigned portfolio are financially sound, well maintained according to company standards and comply with requirements outlined in their regulatory agreements. In......

  • NPH is hiring an Administrative & Membership Associate!

    Position Overview: The Administrative & Membership Associate is a skilled professional responsible for managing a small, fast-paced office and supporting staff, board, and membership in a friendly and creative working environment. Duties include administrative support to staff, coordinating logistics for trainings and events, and supporting member......

  • The Director of Rent and Community Programs, Housing Authority of the City of Alameda

    Position Overview: The Housing Authority of the City of Alameda is looking for an exceptional, process-oriented professional to oversee and direct the Authority’s rent and community programs functions, including all aspects of rent control and termination control in the City of Alameda, as well as CDBG......

  • Sr. Case Manager–Civic Center Hotel, Community Housing Partnership (San Francisco)

    Position Overview: Community Housing Partnership seeks a creative, engaging, and caring professional to provide support services for a recently leased-up housing site and pilot project serving a mix of homeless clients under a Navigation Center model and residents in rent stabilized units at the Civic Center......

  • Part-Time Clinical Case Manager –Roving, Community Housing Partnership (San Francisco)

    Position Overview: The part-time Clinical Case Manager –Roving (CCM – Roving) is responsible for providing short-term therapy, case management, and crisis intervention for residents living in supportive housing buildings in San Francisco. CCM’s utilize clinical assessments to assess resident functioning, identify barriers to self-sufficiency, and build......

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