Affordable Housing In San Francisco
San Francisco County, California

Affordable Housing programs support 15,513 income based apartments in San Francisco where households pay rent based on how much they earn.

There are 9,990 affordable apartments in San Francisco that offer reduced rents to low-income households.

Waiting Lists in San Francisco, California

There are no open Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting lists in San Francisco. Go to the California Section 8 Waiting Lists page for openings near San Francisco.

Ellis Gardens

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

626 Mission Bay Boulevard

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

Willie B. Kennedy Apartments

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

Clementina Towers

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

Casa Adelante

1296 Shotwell
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+
Rent Assisted

Apartmentos De La Esperanza

3590 19th St
San Francisco, California
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Rent Assisted

Abel Gonzales

1045 Capp St
San Francisco, California
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Crocker Amazon Senior Apartments

5199 Mission St
San Francisco, California
Income Based
Studio-1 BR
Rent Assisted
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Mission Creek Senior Community

225 Berry St
San Francisco, California
Income Based
1 BR
Affordable

Rachel Townsend Apartments

1750 McAllister St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
62+
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Public Housing Agencies Serving San Francisco, California

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

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)
Go to the California Public Housing and Low-Income Apartments Waiting Lists page for openings near San Francisco.

San Francisco, California Affordable Housing Data

Income Based Apartments in San Francisco, California

San Francisco features 15,513 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, California

There are 9,990 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Francisco.

Housing Choice Vouchers in San Francisco, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay San Francisco landlords $1,900 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in San Francisco.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in San Francisco, California for a two-bedroom apartment is between $2,869 and $3,507.

2023 San Francisco, 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, California Fair Market Rent $2,156 $2,665 $3,188 $3,912 $4,283
San Francisco, California Payment Standard Range $1,940 to $2,372 $2,399 to $2,932 $2,869 to $3,507 $3,521 to $4,303 $3,855 to $4,711

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

San Francisco, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 275
Total Low Income Apartments 26,244
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 15,513
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 is a city in San Francisco County, California with a population of 840,763. There are 353,287 households in the city with an average household size of 2.32 persons. 63.57% of households in San Francisco are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in San Francisco

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

Area Median Income In San Francisco

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.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For San Francisco, the AMI is calculated from all households within San Francisco County.

In San Francisco, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $166,000

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

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

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the San Francisco AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$39,150 $44,750 $50,350 $55,900 $60,400 $64,850 $69,350 $73,800
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the San Francisco AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$65,250 $74,600 $83,900 $93,200 $100,700 $108,150 $115,600 $123,050
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the San Francisco AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$104,400 $119,300 $134,200 $149,100 $161,050 $173,000 $184,900 $196,850