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Affordable Housing In San Francisco
San Francisco County, California

252 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Francisco

Hotel Essex

684 Ellis St
San Francisco, California
Accepts Vouchers

Brennan House

Confidential
San Francisco, California
Accepts Vouchers

Coventry Park

1550 Sutter St
San Francisco, California
Accepts Vouchers

Curran House

145 Taylor St
San Francisco, California
Accepts Vouchers

Tbra 1994

1049 Market St
San Francisco, California
Accepts Vouchers

Rich Sorro Commons

150 Berry St
San Francisco, California
Accepts Vouchers

Fillmore Marketplace

1223 Webster St
San Francisco, California
Accepts Vouchers

The Bayanihan House

88 6th St
San Francisco, California
Accepts Vouchers

Folsom Dore Apartments

75 Dore St
San Francisco, California
Accepts Vouchers

Mason Street Housing

149 Mason St
San Francisco, California
Accepts Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve San Francisco

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, California

There are 252 low income housing apartment communities offering 23,555 affordable apartments for rent in San Francisco, California.

Income Based Apartments in San Francisco, California

San Francisco features 14,602 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 8,267 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 $3,005 and $3,673.

2020 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
Fair Market Rent $2,197 $2,720 $3,339 $4,365 $4,657
Payment Standard Range $1,977 to $2,417 $2,448 to $2,992 $3,005 to $3,673 $3,929 to $4,802 $4,191 to $5,123

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

San Francisco, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 252
Total Low Income Apartments 23,555
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 14,602
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 $143,100

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

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $36,550 $41,800 $47,000 $52,200 $56,400 $60,600 $64,750 $68,950
50% of Median $60,900 $69,600 $78,300 $87,000 $94,000 $100,950 $107,900 $114,850
80% of Median $97,600 $111,550 $125,500 $139,400 $150,600 $161,750 $172,900 $184,050