San Francisco Housing Authority
1815 Egbert Avenue
San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA

415-715-3280 http://www.sfha.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Closed

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the San Francisco Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on May 24th, 2016.

The San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when the waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.


For more information, visit the SFHA website, or call the office at (415) 715-3280.

The San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) is not accepting Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list pre-applications at this time.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Section 8 Project-Based Voucher program operates similarly to Public Housing, in which tenants must live in a specific unit to receive housing assistance. For HCV information, please scroll up above the PBV section.

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application.

This waiting list has the following preferences: San Francisco District Attorney referrals, Public Housing residents who have been approved for emergency transfer, involuntarily displaced with Residential Certificate of Preference, Involuntarily displaced with an Ellis Act Housing Preference Certificate, homeless in permanent supportive housing and shelters HSA/DPH referral, involuntary displacement from residence in San Francisco, homeless in San Francisco, substandard non-homeless in San Francisco, resident in San Francisco paying more than 70% of household income in rent.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.


For more information, visit the SFHA website, or call the office at (415) 715-3280.


Did you know that you can apply for Section 8 anywhere in the country? If your local Section 8 waiting list is closed, you can apply to programs elsewhere. See all open waiting lists across the country on our Waiting Lists page.

Public Housing Waiting List Statuses

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the San Francisco Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update October 6th, 2015.

Family Senior Other
ClosedClosedNot Applicable

The San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) is not accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications at this time.


For more information, visit the SFHA website, or call the office at (415) 715-3280.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The San Francisco Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 40 projects which contain 6,053 affordable rental units. It also administers 8,652 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, San Francisco Housing Authority is determined to be a Large public housing authority, meaning it manages between 1,250 - 9,999 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of San Francisco Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (41%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (59%) to that of all housing authorities in California, San Francisco Housing Authority has a larger proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in California.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, San Francisco Housing Authority scored an average of 71 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 83 in 2006 and a low score of 37 in 2008. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in California is 75.30.

San Francisco Housing Authority has an average score that is less than the average California housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for San Francisco Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2012 10/15/12 Plan
2011 10/13/11 Plan
2009 2/5/10 Plan
2008 1/21/09 Plan
2007 10/11/07 Plan
2006 3/5/07 Plan
2005 3/17/06 Plan
2004 3/15/04 Plan
2003 3/15/04 Plan
2002 11/18/02 Plan
2001 11/6/01 Plan
2000 1/18/01 Plan