Affordable Housing In San Francisco County
California

Waiting List Openings In San Francisco County

City and County of San Francisco, CA Mainstream Section 8 HCV Waiting List

The San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list applications will be accepted from September 29, 2021 at 8:00 am, until October 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm PT or until 500 applications have been received.

How to Apply for the City and County of San Francisco, CA Mainstream Section 8 HCV Waiting List.

270 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Francisco County

Carter Terrace

530 Carter St
San Francisco, California
Income Based
1-3 BR

Market Heights Apartments

1000 Tompkins Ave
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Leland Polk Senior Community

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

John Burton Housing Complex

820 Presidio Avenue
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Family & Senior

Eddy Street Apartments

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

Alcantara Court

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

1036 Mission Street Apartments

1036 Mission Street
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Family & Senior

Ellis Gardens

350 Ellis Street
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
Accessible
Subsidized
62+

626 Mission Bay Boulevard

626 Mission Bay Boulevard North
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Family & Senior

Willie B. Kennedy Apartments

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

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 270 low income housing apartment communities offering 25,670 affordable apartments for rent in San Francisco County, California.

Income Based Apartments in San Francisco County, California

San Francisco County features 15,270 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in San Francisco County, California

There are 9,576 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Francisco County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in San Francisco County, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay San Francisco County landlords $1,600 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in San Francisco County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in San Francisco County, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $3,198 and $3,908.

2021 San Francisco County, California Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
San Francisco County, California Fair Market Rent $2,350 $2,923 $3,553 $4,567 $4,970
San Francisco County, California Payment Standard Range $2,115 to $2,585 $2,631 to $3,215 $3,198 to $3,908 $4,110 to $5,024 $4,473 to $5,467

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

San Francisco County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 270
Total Low Income Apartments 25,670
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 15,270
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.

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 $149,600

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 HUD Rental Assistance in San Francisco County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the San Francisco County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$38,400 $43,850 $49,350 $54,800 $59,200 $63,600 $68,000 $72,350
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the San Francisco County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$63,950 $73,100 $82,250 $91,350 $98,700 $106,000 $113,300 $120,600
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the San Francisco County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$102,450 $117,100 $131,750 $146,350 $158,100 $169,800 $181,500 $193,200

Cities In San Francisco County

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