Application Assistance for Homebuyers

Get free application assistance for City affordable ownership opportunities and down payment assistance programs at drop in application clinics offered by four local housing counseling agencies! 


Asian Inc.

By appointment only

1167 Mission Street, 4th Floor

Application Services: BMR & DALP ownership

Language Capacity: Cantonese, Mandarin, and English


Mission Economic Development Agency

Wednesdays from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

2301 Mission Street #301, SF 94110

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

Language Capacity: English, Spanish



Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM excluding holidays

1390 Market Street, Suite 200, SF 94102

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

Language Capacity: English, Cantonese, Tagalog


San Francisco Housing Development Corporation

Fridays from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

4439 3rd Street, SF 94124

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

Language Capacity: English, Spanish





Homebuyers can view the list of available BMR homes for sale at View loan assistance programs for first time homebuyers at

Note: BMR ownership and loan assistance programs require you to have a First Time Homebuyer Certificate, which consists of 6 hours of first time homebuyer workshops and 2 hours of individual counseling.  If you have not completed this, see the schedule of workshops at Please attend an application clinic at the same agency where you received your First Time Homebuyer Education.


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.


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.

The Live or Work Preference gives a special consideration for eligible applicants. It requires that at least one household member must live in San Francisco or work in San Francisco at least 75% of their working hours for the live/work preference. To prove eligibility, one of the listed documents below must be submitted along with any housing application.

Proof Accepted for the Live in San Francisco Preference:

  • 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:

  • 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.

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