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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

  • Chief Housing Operations Officer, Community Housing Partnership

    Position Overview: The Chief Housing Operations Officer oversees property management and asset management, and works in partnership with the CEO and other members of the senior leadership team to increase Community Housing Partnership’s scope and impact in providing high quality housing to formerly homeless people.  View the......

  • Maintenance I, Eden Housing (Hayward)

    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/Night Manager, Eden Housing (Gilroy)

    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 (Hayward)

    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......

  • Rent and Community Programs Specialist, The Housing Authority of the City of Alameda (AHA)

    Position Overview: AHA is opening a recruitment for a Rent and Community Programs Specialist. Under general supervision, Specialists perform a variety of complex journey level work related to the Housing Authority’s provision of rent and community programs, including functions encompassing all facets of rent regulations in......

  • Support Services Case Manager, Community Housing Partnership

    Position Overview: The Support Services Case Manager provides support services to formerly homeless tenants who live in a supportive housing building. The services provided are voluntary and include housing retention, counseling, information and referral, crisis intervention, community organizing, case management and service planning. Services are provided......

  • Relocation Case Manager – RAD, Community Housing Partnership

    Position Overview: The Support Services Case Manager provides support services in a property serving seniors and disabled adults that CHP assumed from the San Francisco Housing Authority as part of the RAD conversion and which will be undergoing renovations with tenants experiencing temporary on-site re-locations.  The......

  • Support Services Case Manager (Bilingual), Community Housing Partnership

    Position Overview: The Support Services Case Manager provides support services for a recently leased-up housing site and pilot project serving a mix of homeless clients under a Navigation Center model and tenants in rent stabilized units. The services provided include assisting clients in securing permanent housing,......

  • Resident Services Team Lead, Community Housing Partnership

    Position Overview: Community Housing Partnership seeks an experienced social service professional to conduct programming and offer resident support services for a mix of formerly homeless single adults and families in San Francisco. Supervised by the Resident Services Manager, the Resident Services Team Lead (RSTL) is responsible......

  • Resident Services Manager, Community Housing Partnership

    Position Overview: Community Housing Partnership seeks a creative, systems-oriented, and highly organized professional to oversee programming and residential support services for a mix of formerly homeless families and single adults in San Francisco.   This is an exciting opportunity to play a leadership role in developing and......

RESOURCES

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CCHO’s District Housing Snapshots 2014

If you're looking for more information on San Francisco's Housing Balance, please review the data, charts and narrative provided by our partners at the Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO) in their District Housing Snapshots 2014.In anticipation of the release of SF Planning's Housing Balance...

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Untapped Resources: NPH’s Latest Research Publication

"Untapped Resources, Potential Bay Area Sites for Affordable Transit-Oriented Development", NPH's latest research publication, identifies former redevelopment properties as potential resources for the development of affordable transit-oriented development (TOD). NPH and our partner Seifel Consulting Inc. developed this report by considering a variety of development factors,...

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Voter Registration Toolkit

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