Affordable Housing In San Francisco County
California

250 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Francisco County

Carter Terrace

530 Carter St
San Francisco, CA
Income Based
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Leland Polk Senior Community

1315 Polk St
San Francisco, CA
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
62+
HCV Welcome

Alcantara Court

670 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Willie B. Kennedy Apartments

1239 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+
HCV Welcome
Homeless Supportive Housing

Apartmentos De La Esperanza

3590 19th St
San Francisco, CA
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Subsidized

Abel Gonzales

1045 Capp St
San Francisco, CA
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Crocker Amazon Senior Apartments

5199 Mission St
San Francisco, CA
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Mission Creek Senior Community

225 Berry St
San Francisco, CA
Income Based
1 BR
HCV Welcome

Presentation Senior Housing

301 Ellis St
San Francisco, CA
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Market Heights Apartments

1000 Tompkins Ave
San Francisco, CA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve San Francisco County

Housing Authority Programs
San Francisco Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV); Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

Guide To Affordable Housing in San Francisco County, California

There are 250 low income housing apartment communities offering 24,194 affordable apartments for rent in San Francisco County, California. San Francisco County features 15,314 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 8,087 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Francisco County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

San Francisco County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 250
Total Low Income Apartments 24,194
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 15,314
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 63.57%
Average Renter Household Size 2.10
Average Household Size 2.32
Median Household Income $81,294 ±$1,099
Median Rent $1,558 ±$16
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 41.71% ± 0.98pp
Total Population 840,763

Population and Household Demographics

San Francisco County is a County in California with a population of 840,763. There are 353,287 households in the county with an average household size of 2.32 persons. 63.57% of households in San Francisco County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in San Francisco County

The median gross income for households in San Francisco County is $81,294 a year, or $6,775 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,558 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In San Francisco County, a household making less than $5,193 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 41.71% of households who rent are overburdened in San Francisco County.1

Area Median Income In San Francisco County

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

In San Francisco County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $136,800

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in San Francisco County

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for San Francisco County HUD Rental Assistance in San Francisco County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $33,850 $38,700 $43,550 $48,350 $52,250 $56,100 $60,000 $63,850
50% of Median $56,450 $64,500 $72,550 $80,600 $87,050 $93,500 $99,950 $106,400
80% of Median $90,450 $103,350 $116,250 $129,150 $139,500 $149,850 $160,150 $170,500
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in San Francisco County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1989 to 2011, 112 low income apartment communities containing 10,459 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in San Francisco County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in San Francisco County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $56,450 $64,500 $72,550 $80,600 $87,050 $93,500 $99,950 $106,400
60% of Median $67,740 $77,400 $87,060 $96,720 $104,460 $112,200 $119,940 $127,680

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in San Francisco County is $87,060 a year, or $7,255 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $7,255 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $2,177 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $1,411 $1,512 $1,814 $2,096 $2,338 $2,579
60% $1,694 $1,814 $2,177 $2,515 $2,805 $3,095
Fair Market Rents in San Francisco County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$2,197 $2,720 $3,339 $4,365 $4,657

Cities In San Francisco County

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City Listings Served By
San Francisco 250 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Francisco is the San Francisco Housing Authority.