Affordable Housing In San Francisco
San Francisco County, California

270 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Francisco

1101 Connecticut

1101 Connecticut Street
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
Family & Senior

Casa Adelante

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

Columbia Park

21 Columbia St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

2175 Market

2175 Market Street
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Ofarrell Towers

477 Ofarrell Street
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
Subsidized
62+

Plaza East Apartments

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

Bill Sorro Community

1009 Howard Street
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR
Family & Senior

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+
Subsidized

25 Sanchez

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

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in 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.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving San Francisco, California

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

Income Based Apartments in San Francisco, California

San Francisco 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, 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.

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 $2,878 and $3,518.

2022 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 $2,115 $2,631 $3,198 $4,111 $4,473
San Francisco, California Payment Standard Range $1,904 to $2,327 $2,368 to $2,894 $2,878 to $3,518 $3,700 to $4,522 $4,026 to $4,920

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

San Francisco, 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 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 $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

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.
$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 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 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