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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, RED, EAH Housing

    Position Overview:This position is for a  Project Manager to work at EAH Corporate in San Rafael, CA. Qualified Candidates will have a Master’s degree in architecture, real estate development, finance, planning or construction management and 1+ year of related experience in affordable housing development such as......

  • Senior Project Manager, RED, EAH Housing

    Position Overview:This position is for a Senior Development Project Manager to work at EAH Corporate in San Rafael, CA. Qualified Candidates will have a Master’s degree in architecture, real estate development, finance, planning or construction management and 3+ years of related experience in affordable housing development such......

  • Resident Manager I, EAH Housing

    Position Overview: This position is for a full-time Property Manager I at a 80 unit multi-family affordable housing community in St. Helena, CA. Qualified candidates must have Tax Credit experience and a current CA Real Estate Sales license or be able to acquire within 6 months of hire.  Pay......

  • Maintenance Tech I, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA)

    Position Overview:The position is responsible for the daily repairs and general up keep of the surrounding areas of the property. The position performs a variety of building maintenance repair work, which may include janitorial work, throughout the building. The position may be assigned to 1......

  • Project Manager, MidPen Housing

    Position Overview:The Project Manager is part of the Development Department, working with project teams to support the development of affordable housing communities, including the entitlement, financing, design, construction, leasing, and on-going maintenance of new construction and renovation projects.  Project Managers are supervised by a Director......

  • Program Associate – Hello Housing, MidPen 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......

  • Program Manager – Hello Housing, MidPen 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......

  • Business Development Manager, MidPen Housing

    Position Overview:The Business Development Manager is responsible for sourcing and analyzing opportunities for new construction and/or acquisition/rehabilitation projects, ensuring financially and operationally viable developments in a timely and cost-efficient manner, consistent with MidPen’s risk management objectives.  The Business Development Manager should have strong writing and......

  • Project Associate, MidPen Housing

    Position Overview:The Project Associate is part of the Development Department, working with project teams to support the development of affordable housing communities, including the entitlement, financing, design, construction, leasing, and on-going maintenance.  Project Associates are supervised by a Director of Housing Development and perform a......

  • Staff Accountant, Habitat For Humanity Greater San Francisco

    Position Overview:The Staff Accountant works under the supervision of the Controller to maintain financial records, accounting files and general ledgers. This position performs general bookkeeping, accounts payable, and accounts receivable for the organization in alignment with generally accepted accounting principles. As such, the Staff Accountant......

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Project Manager, RED, EAH Housing

Position Overview:This position is for a  Project Manager to work at EAH Corporate in San Rafael, CA. Qualified Candidates will have a Master's degree in architecture, real estate development, finance, planning or construction management and 1+ year of related experience in affordable housing development such as...

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Senior Project Manager, RED, EAH Housing

Position Overview:This position is for a Senior Development Project Manager to work at EAH Corporate in San Rafael, CA. Qualified Candidates will have a Master’s degree in architecture, real estate development, finance, planning or construction management and 3+ years of related experience in affordable housing development such...

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Resident Manager I, EAH Housing

Position Overview: This position is for a full-time Property Manager I at a 80 unit multi-family affordable housing community in St. Helena, CA. Qualified candidates must have Tax Credit experience and a current CA Real Estate Sales license or be able to acquire within 6 months of hire.  Pay...

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Project Manager, MidPen Housing

Position Overview:The Project Manager is part of the Development Department, working with project teams to support the development of affordable housing communities, including the entitlement, financing, design, construction, leasing, and on-going maintenance of new construction and renovation projects.  Project Managers are supervised by a Director...

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Business Development Manager, MidPen Housing

Position Overview:The Business Development Manager is responsible for sourcing and analyzing opportunities for new construction and/or acquisition/rehabilitation projects, ensuring financially and operationally viable developments in a timely and cost-efficient manner, consistent with MidPen's risk management objectives.  The Business Development Manager should have strong writing and...

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Project Associate, MidPen Housing

Position Overview:The Project Associate is part of the Development Department, working with project teams to support the development of affordable housing communities, including the entitlement, financing, design, construction, leasing, and on-going maintenance.  Project Associates are supervised by a Director of Housing Development and perform a...

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Multifamily New Construction Senior Project Manager, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development

Position Overview:Under general supervision, the Senior Community Development Specialist II at the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development manages the development and preservation of affordable housing in San Francisco.  The core function of the position involves evaluating complex real estate transactions; underwriting projects that...

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Multifamily Repositioning Senior Project Manager, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development

Position Overview:Under general supervision, the Senior Community Development Specialist II at the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development performs program planning and implementation work in the area of housing finance and repositioning and manages the development and preservation of affordable housing in San Francisco. ...

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Housing Project Manager, City of East Palo Alto

Position Overview:East Palo Alto is recruiting an Affordable Housing Project Manager to work on affordable housing development, preservation, and policy. The position will support East Palo Alto’s role as an affordable housing leader. The position is a wonderful opportunity to work for a city that is truly committed to affordable housing.  East Palo Alto has...

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Supportive Housing Outreach Toolkit

From our affordable housing peers in Southern California comes a new Supportive Housing Outreach Toolkit. "This toolkit represents the hard work and contributions of many, all for one purpose: building more supportive housing and ending chronic homelessness. This work is intended to benefit the entire community of...

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Communications Manager, Mercy Housing

Position Overview:Manage a region of Mercy Housing’s communications strategy including the development, integration and implementation of a broad range of activities to support the strategic direction and positioning of the non-profit organization, Mercy Housing, Inc. (MHI). Promote the mission and vision of Mercy Housing while...

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Vice President I – Community Development Finance, Silicon Valley Bank

Position Overview:JOB LEVEL: Manages portfolio of Bay Area-focused affordable housing and CDFI client relationships. Originate, underwrite, oversee loan closing and documentation, and asset manage credits through repayment. Leads team interaction with loan operations, product groups and internal stakeholders. Collaborate with public and private financing partners....

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