San Francisco Housing Authority

1815 Egbert Avenue
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California 94124

San Francisco Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in San Francisco, California that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs.

San Francisco Housing Authority serves San Francisco County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
City and County of San Francisco, California Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Closed
City and County of San Francisco, California General Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Project-Based Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other San Francisco Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: City and County of San Francisco, California Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two days in June, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to the SFHA, "qualified applicants must meet criteria (1) and (2) below:

(1) At least one person in the household must be:

  • Non-elderly (18-61 years old at the time of admission); and
  • Disabled per 42 U.S.C. 423

(2) Be one of the following:

  • Homeless per 24 CFR 576.2
  • Transitioning out of institutional and other segregated settings
  • Are at serious risk of institutionalization"

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

This waiting list had the following preferences: Veteran or surviving spouse of veteran; Involuntary Displacement; Non-elderly persons with disabilities who are homeless per 24 C.F.R. 576.2; Non-elderly persons with disabilities who are transitioning out of institutional and other segregated settings; Non-elderly persons with disabilities who are at serious risk of institutionalization.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SFHA website.

Last Updated on 07/02/2019.

Closed: City and County of San Francisco, California General Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

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.

Applicants can check their status and update their application here.

For more information, visit the SFHA website.

Last Updated on 06/25/2019.

Closed: Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in May, 2016. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

This waiting list had 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, by order of preferences.

Applicants can check their status and update their application here.

For more information, visit the SFHA website.

Last Updated on 06/25/2019.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed

For more information, visit the SFHA website.

Last Updated on 06/25/2019.

About San Francisco Housing Authority

More information about San Francisco Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.sfha.org/. Representatives of San Francisco Housing Authority may be available by phone at (415) 715-5200. Unless otherwise noted applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 04/01/2018, San Francisco Housing Authority is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the San Francisco Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, San Francisco Housing Authority manages 12,386 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 6,648 4 99 1,670 10 866 75
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $2,127 $506 $2,770 $2,227 $1,065 $1,820 $2,142
Monthly Cost $14,143,324 $2,024 $274,212 $3,719,630 $10,654 $1,576,109 $160,620

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for San Francisco Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 16% having issued approximately 563 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 9 years and 1 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 28 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.9 persons and has a household income of $18,574 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 85% were extremely low income (ELI). 28% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 66% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 22% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 51% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 8% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

19% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 15% of households with children have a female head of household. 56% of all households were headed by a female.

56% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 22% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the San Francisco Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 44% include at least one person with a disability. 46% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 88% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

52% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 26% with 2 bedrooms and 22% with 3 or more bedrooms. 13% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by San Francisco Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $479 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,569. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $110.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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