Application Assistance

Get free application assistance for City affordable rentals at drop in application clinics offered by five local housing counseling agencies! 

APPLICATION CLINICS DROP IN HOURS

Veterans Equity Center

Tuesdays from 10AM-12PM and 1PM-4PM

1010 Mission Street, SF 94103

Application Services: City affordable rental units

Language Capacity: English, Spanish, Tagalog

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Mission Economic Development Agency

Wednesdays from 1PM-4PM

2301 Mission Street #301, SF 94110

Application Services: City affordable rental units, BMR & DALP ownership

Language Capacity: English, Spanish

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San Francisco Housing Development Corporation

Fridays from 10AM-4PM

4439 3rd Street, SF 94124

Application Services: City affordable rental units, BMR & DALP ownership

Language Capacity: English, Spanish

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SF LGBT Center

1st Thursdays from 4PM-6PM

3rd Wednesdays from 3:30PM-5:30PM

1800 Market Street, SF 94102

Application Services: City affordable rental units, BMR & DALP ownership

Language Capacity: English

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BALANCE

2nd and 4th Thursdays from 1PM-5PM

1390 Market Street, Suite 200, SF 94102

Application Services: City affordable rental units, BMR & DALP ownership

Language Capacity: English, Cantonese, Tagalog

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR APPLICATION CLINICS

 

STEP 1: BROWSE RENTAL OPPORTUNITIES ON DAHLIA

The DAHLIA SF Housing Portal serves as a central resource for affordable rental housing in San Francisco.  This new housing portal makes it easier to find and apply for housing in the City by featuring the City’s entire portfolio of available affordable rentals.  View current listings and see which opportunites interest you by visiting www.housing.sfgov.org. A housing counselor can review the listings with you, help you apply to those that are appropriate for your household, and sign you up to be notified of new opportunites as they arise.

Note: Consider the rental units that you or a household member may have applied for in the past. Having your name appear on more than one application for the same property could be a cause for disqualification.

STEP 2: INCOME INFORMATION

Come prepared to discuss your total gross (pre-tax) household income from wages, benefits and other income sources for all household members who you intend to live with. Your housing counselor can help you calculate your income for your housing application. You may find it helpful to bring income documents with you to the clinic.

STEP 3: PROOF FOR LOTTERY PREFERENCES

When you apply for affordable housing opportunities in San Francisco, you are entered into a lottery along with all other applicants. Lotteries have preference programs, and if you qualify for a certain preference, you can move up in line and get a higher ranking in the lottery. Your housing counselor can help you determine if you qualify for any preference offered in the lottery. If you do qualify, you may be required to include documentation with your application. Please review the listing to see the applicable preferences for that listing's lottery.

Proof Accepted for the Live in San Francisco, Live in Neighborhood, and Anti-Displacement Housing Preferences:

One of the following:

  • Telephone bill (land line only)
  • Cable or internet bill
  • Gas bill
  • Electric bill
  • Garbage bill
  • Water bill
  • Paystub (listing home address)
  • Public benefits record
  • School record
  • Letter documenting homelessness

Proof Accepted for the Work in San Francisco Preference:

One of the following:

  • Paystub (showing employer address in San Francisco)
  • Letter from employer verifying employment in San Francisco with at least 75% of working hours in the City.

Proof Accepted for the Assisted Housing Preference:

  • A copy of your lease showing your address

Proof Accepted for the Assisted Housing Preference:

  • A copy of your lease showing your address, AND 
  • Proof of last month's rent payment (money order, cancelled check, debit from your bank account, or a screenshot of the online payment)

**You are not required to bring documents, but they are highly encouraged. Applicants without documentation will NOT be turned away**