Obtaining Homebuyer education through HomeownershipSF is required to apply for the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) various  homebuyer assistance programs such as Below Market Rate (BMR) properties and Loan Assistance For First Time Homebuyers.

The Homebuyer education is provided through group workshops and personal counseling through the approved housing counseling agencies.  Make sure to contact your housing counseling agency to book an appoinment for personal counseling after attending the group workshops.

See First Time Homebuyer Workshop Calendar

Application assistance is provided through group Application Clinics.

See Application Cinic Calendar

Your official Certificate Of Homebuyer Education will be issued upon entering into a valid purchase contract and submitting the form Request for Homebuyer Certificate to your counseling agency. The certificate is valid for one year. Homebuyers are not required to attend workshops again until two years have elapsed.

Obtain a Request for Homebuyer Certificate

When you have met all of your homebuyer education requirement (as indicated above) your housing counselor will issue a Verification of Homebuyer Education form. The Verification of Homebuyer Education form should be submitted with your qualified SF MOHCD application packet. Once submitting a complete application, you will be issued a lottery ticket to participate in the lottery for the unit you are applying. Applications will be reviewed and entered into contract in the order of lottery drawing.

See BMR Lottery Results