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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

  • Community Outreach Specialist, HIP Housing

    Position Overview:As part of HIP Housing’s effort to better coordinate our marketing and program efforts, we are seeking a passionate, self-motivated professional to join our team as Community Outreach Specialist. Individuals considered for this position will demonstrate talent for building robust community relationships and be......

  • Senior Accountant II, Contracts and Financial Analysis, HIP Housing

    Position Overview:The Senior Accountant II, Contracts and Financial Analysis position is a critical component of HIP Housing’s dynamic accounting team. It reports directly to the Controller and is responsible for a wide variety of accounting and analytical activities. The position is instrumental to our continued......

  • 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......

  • Internal Control Analyst , MidPen Housing

    Position Overview:Internal Control Analyst reports to the Director of Property Operations within the Property Management Division of the MidPen Housing Corporation.  The Internal Control Analyst is responsible for compliance performance management of newly acquired properties to be leased; new properties added to our existing portfolio and......

  • 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 performance......

  • 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......

  • Communications and Program Assistant/Associate, East Bay Housing Organizations

    Position Overview: The ideal candidate will have experience in the field of housing and community development or related nonprofit/advocacy work, excellent written and oral communication skills, show capabilityin project management and time management, be creative, passionate, and detail oriented; andshow a commitment to quality work and......

  • Community Outreach Specialist, HIP Housing

    Position Overview:The Community Outreach Specialist will work closely with the Home Sharing and the Development teams as well as the Board of Directors’ Marketing Committee to create consistent and creative messaging in support program efforts. This includes implementing program outreach and creating strategies for growing......

  • Senior Accountant II, HIP Housing

    Position Overview:The Senior Accountant II, Contracts and Financial Analysis position is a critical component of HIP Housing’s dynamic accounting team. It reports directly to the Controller and is responsible for a wide variety of accounting and analytical activities. The position is instrumental to our continued......

  • 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......

RESOURCES

Resident Services Coordinator, Mission Housing Development Corporation (San Francisco)

Position Overview:The Resident Services Coordinator will provide residents with referrals, assist residents in accessing community resources, and empower residents by locating and/or initiating enrichment services on and off-site. VIEW COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION.  APPLICATION PROCESS:Please email resume and cover letter to hr@missionhousing.org....

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SRO Resident Services Coordinator, Mission Housing Development Corporation (San Francisco)

Position Overview:The Resident Services Coordinator seeks to foster healthy communities and promote self-sufficiency by improving community relations, facilitating access to resources and providing opportunities for personal goal achievement for residents of Mission Housing communities; establish relationships with government and community service providers and work closely...

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Executive Assistant, Mission Housing Development Corporation (San Francisco)

Position Overview:The Executive Assistant provides high-level administrative support to the Executive Director and Director of Operations & Resident Services; coordinates and delivers administrative support to other departments when required; coordinates and executes high-level, special projects from start to finish; serves on the Administrative Support Team...

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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 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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