Affordable Housing In San Francisco
San Francisco County, California

Waiting List Openings In San Francisco

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

Sala Burton Manor

430 Turk St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

North Beach Place

500 Francisco St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Family & Senior

One Church Street Apartments

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

Holly Courts

100 Appleton Avenue
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Hunters View Phase 2B

901 Fairfax Avenue
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Five 88

588 Mission Bay Blvd N
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Subsidized

345 Arguello Apartments

345 Arguello Boulevard
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
62+

Rosa Parks Apartments

1251 Turk St
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
Studio-2 BR
62+

Clementina Towers

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

Alice Griffith

2500 Arelious Walker Drive
San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-4 BR

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 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 $3,198 and $3,908.

2021 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 $2,350 $2,923 $3,553 $4,567 $4,970
San Francisco, 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, 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