Renter Resources

Housing Expo Rental Workshop

Affordable Rental Options in San Francisco workshop provides more information about affordable rental programs & organizations, the new San Francisco Housing Portal: DAHLIA, and rental assistance programs. Click here for a list of upcoming rental workshops where you can get more information and assistance!


Rental Programs

SF Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development administers over 600 Below Market Rate rental units all around San Francisco.

Home Match is a home sharing program that expands housing opportunities to low and moderate income people who live, work or attend school in San Francisco by mazimizing existing housing stock. Home Match provides a platform, tools and support to connect homeowners and home seekers. 

Chinatown Community Development Center has 29 properties in San Francisco neighborhood, providing affordable housing to over 3,700 residents typically earning 30-55% Area Median Income. 

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation has 39 buildings in the Tenderloin and surrounding San Francisco neighborhood, providing affordable housing to over 4,100 residents typically earning 30-55% Area Median Income.

San Francisco Housing Development Corporation has 400 completed homes and a total of 775 units in development for low and middle income families and individuals.  

Mercy Housing is one of the nation's largest affordable housing organizations. Mercy Housing serves a variety of poulations with housing projects for low-income families, senior and people with special needs by by acquiring and renovating existing housing as well as developing new affordable rental properties. 

BRIDGE Housing creates affordable rental housing for working families and seniors. As a nonprofit housing developer, BRIDGE Housing has afforable rental units across the Bay Area. 

Bay Area Cooperative Association provides affordable co-op and cosharing housing units. With co-op housing, residents share a home with others and food, housework, and decision making is shared amongst the collaborative. Under the cosharing model, residents live in individual apartments or houses but share some meals, activities, and management duties.

San Francisco Community Land Trust is a membership-based nonprofit organization that creates permanently affordable,, resident-controlled housing for low to moderate income people in San Francisco through community ownership of the land.  

Other Renter Resources

The Department of Business Oversight (DBO) protects consumers and oversees financial service providers and products.

The SF Rent Board's primary function is to conduct hearings and mediations of tenant and landlord petitions regarding the adjustment of rents under the City's rent control laws. The Rent Board also investigates Reports of Alleged Wrongful Eviction, although the Rent Board's authority in such matters is limited since only the Court can decide whether an eviction is legal. The Rent Board cannot arbitrate matters that are not part of the Rent Ordinance

Tenant's Rights and Legal Resources

The San Francisco Tenant's Union provides general legal advice during drop-in hours.

Housing Rights Committee provides advice on rental issues and evictions.

Eviction Defense Collaborative provides on the spot emergency legal help with eviction notices.

Tenderloin Housing Clinic provides assistance for Ellis Act, Owner Move-In, and no-fault eviction cases for senior, disabled, and low-income residents.