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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

  • Maintenance II, Eden Housing (San Leandro)

    Position Overview:Performs maintenance 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......

  • Receptionist, Mutual Housing (SACRAMENTO, CA)

    Position Overview:Responsibilities include smooth daily operations of Mutual Housing California by providing secretarial, reception and office resource support during business hours. The position is a key organizational ambassador who represents Mutual Housing to diverse populations including public visitors, vendor staff, resident members and employees.     VIEW COMPLETE......

  • Chief Real Estate Officer (“CREO”), Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

    Position Overview:The Chief Real Estate Officer (“CREO”) is an entrepreneurial leader and a critical member of the HGSF’s leadership and management team. S/he oversees the real estate acquisitions and development and construction teams. S/he will be responsible for identifying potential sites and projects to create......

  • Property Manager, John Stewart Company (North Hollywood, CA)

    Position Overview: Responsible for the overall operation of the property and the day to day implementation of policies, procedures and programs that ensure a well-managed, well-maintained building and ensures compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies and federal, state and local laws.    VIEW COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION   APPLICATION PROCESS:Please apply......

  • Compliance Manager, John Stewart Company (Los Angeles, CA)

    Position Overview:Keep current on all updates in affordable housing programs and ensuring compliance with federal, state and local programs including but not limited to LIHTC, HUD, HCID, etc.; perform on-site audits; coordinating and assisting with initial property lease-ups; preparing interacts with Regional Office staff and......

  • Project Manager, EAH Housing (San Rafael, CA)

    Position Overview:Under the direction of the Vice President and/or the Deputy Director, performs a wide variety of tasks directly related to the planning, development and advocacy of affordable housing projects from acquisition through construction and occupancy. This position is characterized by a high degree of......

  • Assistant Manager – Bilingual (Spanish), Eden Housing

    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......

  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Program Manager, Housing Trust Silicon Valley

    Position Overview: This position is Full-Time, Exempt. As ADU Program Manager, you will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer and lead the design and implementation of new Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) outreach and lending programs. ADUs are going to be a critical tool to alleviating......

  • Loan Officer, Housing Trust Silicon Valley

    Position Overview: Reporting directly to the Chief Lending Officer, you’ll contribute to the Housing Trust’s success by originating and managing loans to housing developers who are creating affordable homes throughout the Bay Area. You will help implement the Supportive Housing Fund to create more homes to......

  • Director of Property Management (Los Angeles), Asset Resource Group

    Position Overview:Director of Property Management – Los AngelesHighly acclaimed National Non-Profit Affordable Housing OrganizationImprove and direct all operations of growing multi-state MF & SF affordable housing propertiesProvide key guidance, training, mentoring to Regional staffs ensuring superior performance of all properties.Upgrade and implement policies & procedures......

RESOURCES

Maintenance II, Eden Housing (San Leandro)

Position Overview:Performs maintenance 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...

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Receptionist, Mutual Housing (SACRAMENTO, CA)

Position Overview:Responsibilities include smooth daily operations of Mutual Housing California by providing secretarial, reception and office resource support during business hours. The position is a key organizational ambassador who represents Mutual Housing to diverse populations including public visitors, vendor staff, resident members and employees.     VIEW COMPLETE...

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Property Manager, John Stewart Company (North Hollywood, CA)

Position Overview: Responsible for the overall operation of the property and the day to day implementation of policies, procedures and programs that ensure a well-managed, well-maintained building and ensures compliance with all applicable regulatory agencies and federal, state and local laws.    VIEW COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION   APPLICATION PROCESS:Please apply...

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Director of Property Management (Los Angeles), Asset Resource Group

Position Overview:Director of Property Management – Los AngelesHighly acclaimed National Non-Profit Affordable Housing OrganizationImprove and direct all operations of growing multi-state MF & SF affordable housing propertiesProvide key guidance, training, mentoring to Regional staffs ensuring superior performance of all properties.Upgrade and implement policies & procedures...

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Staff Accountant, Mutual Housing

Position Overview:Mutual Housing California is looking for a Staff Accountant with full cycle accounting experience to work with our property management and corporate departments.  Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree with experience preferred.  This is a 30 hour/week position with benefits.     VIEW COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION   APPLICATION PROCESS:Candidates should apply...

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Housing and Grants Specialist, CITY OF TULARE

Position Overview:Under general direction, performs technical and professional work in the administration, accounting, planning, implementation and promotion of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, HOME Program, affordable housing, various Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants, and other grant programs to ensure contractual compliance on...

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Director of Finance, Oakland Housing Authority

Position Overview: Under the general direction of the Executive Director or his designate, manages and directs the Authority's financial management and accounting operation.  VIEW THE COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION HERE.  APPLICATION PROCESS:  If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete an OHA employment application online at www.oakha.org...

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On Track Together: Housing and Transportation- Building the Bay Area’s Vibrant, Sustainable, and Affordable Future Together

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the midst of plenty, the San Francisco Bay Area region is failing to house the people who have made our region the success it is today. Unaffordable rents and home prices in the Bay Area are pushing out many...

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Executive Assistant and Board of Directors Coordinator, Eden Housing (Hayward)

Position Overview: Under the direct supervision of the Manager of Corporate and Development Administration, the Executive Assistant and Board of Directors Coordinator provides administrative support to Eden’s President, it’s Boards, the Board Committees, the Development department and also provides comprehensive clerical and administrative support for the...

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