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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

  • Housing and Community Development Specialist I, Alameda County Community Development Agency

    Position Overview: Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) seeks highly motivated candidates to immediately fill the vacant positions of Housing and Community Development Specialist I. This position is an entry level professional position, working on affordable housing projects and programs throughout the county.......

  • Property Supervisor, Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA)

    Position Overview: This position is responsible for overseeing and supporting up to five Property Managers. The Property Supervisor supports staff in ensuring properties within their assigned portfolio are financially sound, well maintained according to SAHA standards, and comply with requirements outlined in their regulatory agreements.......

  • Case Manager II – Onizuka Crossing, MidPen Housing (Sunnyvale, CA)

    Position Overview: Under the Program Manager III for primary leadership, the Case Manager II (CM) will assist residents to retain their housing, to help resolve issues that could destabilize housing, and to support all community residents to develop goals for enrichment, stability, wellness and recovery......

  • Executive Assistant, MidPen Housing (Foster City, CA)

    Position Overview: The Executive Assistant (EA) provides administrative support to the organization’s Senior Vice President (SVP) and the MidPen Services Division. The EA compiles information, manages the calendar, and solves problems based upon sound judgment and knowledge of existing schedules, management policies, and departmental practices.......

  • Assistant Project Manager, Resources for Community Development (Berkeley, CA)

    Position Overview: The Assistant Project Manager (APM), under the direction and supervision of RCD’s Director of Housing Development, will have primary responsibility for administrative support for a full range of development activities relating to affordable multifamily housing development projects. This is a temporary position.  ......

  • Community Organizer- Russian Speaking, Mutual Housing (Sacramento, CA)

    Position Overview: Work with individual residents, resident groups, neighborhood groups and others to involve them in both community-building programs within mutual housing properties in the Cities of Sacramento and Davis and in public life to effect change for their families and community.       ......

  • Services Coordinator – University Avenue, MidPen Housing (East Palo Alto, CA)

    Position Overview: MidPen’s Senior Services team members are committed to improving the quality of life and well- being of our residents. Team members partner with service providers in each community to empower the residents to “Age-in-Place” independently, and safely, for as long as possible. The Services Coordinator......

  • Family Services Coordinator – Sweeney Lane, MidPen Housing (Daly City, CA)

    Position Overview: Our Family Services Coordinator will provide support services to both our youth and working – age adult residents, by providing educational resources, programs, and tools to help empower residents to accomplish their goals and enrich their lives. You will be instrumental in helping......

  • Family Services Coordinator – Benner Plaza, MidPen Housing (Sunnyvale, CA)

    Position Overview: Our Family Services Coordinator will provide support services to both our youth and working – age adult residents, by providing educational resources, programs, and tools to help empower residents to accomplish their goals and enrich their lives. You will be instrumental in helping......

  • Harm Reduction Specialist, MidPen Housing (San Jose, CA)

    Position Overview: Under the Program Manager for Supportive Housing Services primary leadership, the Harm Reduction Specialist (HRS) will assist residents with practical strategies and ideas aimed to reduce potentially negative and harmful consequences for residents who use substances or engage in risky sexual behavior and......

RESOURCES

Housing and Community Development Specialist I, Alameda County Community Development Agency

Position Overview: Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) seeks highly motivated candidates to immediately fill the vacant positions of Housing and Community Development Specialist I. This position is an entry level professional position, working on affordable housing projects and programs throughout the county. With...

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Assistant Project Manager, Resources for Community Development (Berkeley, CA)

Position Overview:The Assistant Project Manager (APM), under the direction and supervision of RCD’s Director of Housing Development, will have primary responsibility for administrative support for a full range of development activities relating to affordable multifamily housing development projects. This is a temporary position.   SEE FULL JOB...

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NPH Joins Assemblymembers David Chiu and Timothy Grayson to Announce Bill to Encourage Transit Oriented Development Near BART Stations

On Monday, March 5, NPH's Policy Director, Michael Lane, participated in a press conference at the Concord BART station hosted by Assemblymembers David Chiu and Tim Grayson and BART Board of Directors Vice President Nick Josefowitz. The event centered around AB 2923, state legislation recently introduced...

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2017 Annual Report: A Year of Standing Together

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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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Lead Organizer, East Bay Housing Organizations

Position Overview:The Lead Organizer will often serve as EBHO’s lead staff representative in Oakland coalitions onlocal community benefits and land use campaigns, building relationships with ally organizations,interfacing with decisionmakers, and engaging in dialogue with EBHO members about our coalitionpositions and strategy.View Complete Job DescriptionHow To...

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NPH Communications Associate

The Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH), an affordable housing advocacy membership organization based in San Francisco, seeks an energetic, self-motivated, team-oriented, and organized individual to provide communications support for a fast-paced eight-person office.NPH is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1979. We activate...

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