Affordable Housing Online is monitoring the federal government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. As of March 13, 2020, Public Housing Agencies across the nation are closing their doors to the public. Most offices are still running and will communicate by phone, email, or mail. Some offices have drop boxes installed outside, so documents can still be hand-delivered. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response. To find your local PHA's contact info, browse by state here.

An extensive list of coronavirus resources for low-income households can be found here.

San Francisco Housing Authority

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

San Francisco Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency 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

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

San Francisco Housing Authority Website: http://www.sfha.org/.

San Francisco Housing Authority Phone: (415) 715-5200.

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 08/25/2019.

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 01/22/2020.

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 above, 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 HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, San Francisco Housing Authority manages 12,681 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 6,466 4 100 1,940 27 838 71
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $2,215 $418 $3,019 $2,354 $1,315 $1,829 $2,333
Monthly Cost $14,319,206 $1,672 $301,908 $4,567,159 $35,495 $1,532,468 $165,678

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by San Francisco Housing Authority

North Beach Place

500 Francisco St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Family & Senior

North Ping Yuen

838 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, California

1880 Pine

1880 Pine St
San Francisco, California
62+

Rosa Parks Apartments

1251 Turk St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
62+

255 Woodside

255 Woodside Ave
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1 BR

Clementina Towers

320 Clementina St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

Robert B. Pitts Plaza

275 Thrift St
San Francisco, California

Hayes Valley North

705 Hayes St
San Francisco, California

Hayes Valley South

409 Page St
San Francisco, California

Bernal

3198 Cesar Chavez
San Francisco, California

Plaza East Apartments

1300 Buchanan St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Potrero Terrace

1032 Connecticut St
San Francisco, California

Sunnydale Velasco

1950 Sunnydale Ave
San Francisco, California

Westside Courts

2501 Sutter St
San Francisco, California

Westbrook Apartments

90 Kiska Rd
San Francisco, California

Potrero Annex

15 Watchman Way
San Francisco, California

Alice Griffith

2500 Arelious Walker Drive
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

Mission Dolores

1855 15th St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR

3850 18th Street Apartments

3850 18th St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+

2698 California St Apartments

2698 California St
San Francisco, California

Noriega, Randolph, Great Hwy and Mcalliste

1750 McAllister St
San Francisco, California

25 Sanchez

25 Sanchez St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1 BR

Sala Burton Manor

430 Turk St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Robert B. Pitts Apartments

1150 Scott Street
San Francisco, California

Valencia Gardens

1714 15th St
San Francisco, California

Eddy Street Apartments

939-951 Eddy St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR

Low Income Housing Managed by San Francisco Housing Authority

Leland Polk Senior Community

1315 Polk St
San Francisco, California
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
62+

666 Ellis

666 Ellis St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Accessible
Subsidized
Referral Required
62+
Disabled Supportive Housing
Elderly Supportive Housing

Ping Yuen

655, 711, 795, 895 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, California