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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

  • Project Manager – Rebuild Potrero, BRIDGE Housing (San Francisco)

    Position Overview: The Project Manager for Rebuild Potrero will manage all aspects of the project’s affordable housing development process, from project conception through construction completion and lease‐up. The position reports to the Director of Development for Rebuild Potrero, and will support the Director in all aspects......

  • Executive Director, North Valley Housing Trust

    Position Overview: NVHT is a four-year old organization that is seeking an Executive Director that will grow the trust fund by strengthening existing relationships, and forming new partnerships with local banks, hospitals, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies. The strength of these partnerships will be built on......

  • Director of Resource Development, Mutual Housing

    Position Overview: The Director of Resource Development will oversee all fundraising activities of the organization and lead the creation and execution of resource development plans, fundraising, and promotional events. Externally, you will create and maintain strong relationships with our supporters. You will build and grow the......

  • Program Director, East Bay Housing Organizations

    Position Overview: East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) is seeking a team member for a leadership position who will be an integral part of EBHO’s current and future work. This person will report directly to our Executive Director and work closely with her, supporting policy, communications and strategy, and......

  • Recruiting Coordinator, Eden Housing (Hayward)

    Position Overview: The Recruiting Coordinator provides assistance to the Senior Manager of Talent Acquisition and Staff Relations in recruitment tracking and successful onboarding, analyzing and developing diverse and innovative strategies to solve complex Eden staffing needs and helps build a pipeline of pre-qualified candidates. VIEW THE COMPLETE......

  • Program Assistant, 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 provide complex program administrative support duties. The position currently open will provide support to the Authority’s rental programs functions, including all aspects of rent control and termination control......

  • Director of Compliance, Mutual Housing

    Position Overview: Mutual Housing Management is seeking an experienced Director of Compliance for its Property Management Department, located in Sacramento. The position reports to the Director of Property Management. This position is responsible for compliance review of all Tax Credit/HUD move-ins and re-certifications, conducting file audits......

  • Maintenance I/Night Manager, 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......

  • Program Manager

    Position Overview: Hello Stewardship provides a wide range of services for local government through the professional management of Below Market Rate (BMR) homeownership and rental programs. Hello Stewardship also provides direct services to market-rate developers to ensure fair marketing and sale of affordable homes developed as......

  • Program Associate, Hello Housing

    Position Overview: Hello Stewardship provides a wide range of services for local government through the professional management of Below Market Rate (BMR) homeownership and rental programs. Hello Stewardship also provides direct services to market-rate developers to ensure fair marketing and sale of affordable homes developed as......

RESOURCES

Fair Housing Toolkit

Every affordable housing manager needs to know the latest rules and best practices for complying with Fair Housing Law. The attorneys at the National Housing Law Project prepared this toolkit to help. Included are updates concerning managing applications and tenants who may have disabilities,...

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The Original NPH Toolkit

NPH has updated our original, award-winning toolbox with new information and new tools as well as the original Community Acceptance toolbox. This section includes public brochures and “How To” guides for advocates. Materials address common questions about affordable housing well as techniques for effective advocacy...

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Broadband Toolkit

This resource is for all of you who are responsible for maintaining the computers, equipment, and networks serving the residents in your buildings. It is a guide to figuring out solutions for the day-to-day challenges that arise from providing broadband services to your residents....

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