All San Francisco home buyer assistance programs through the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) require completion of 10 hours of home buyer education by ALL members of the household age 18 and older. The 10 hours must be completed in three steps:
STEP 1: Attend a 2 hour MOHCD HOME BUYER PROGRAM ORIENTATION at any available location. Orientations are not available online at the moment.
STEP 2: Complete 6 hours of FIRST TIME HOME BUYER WORKSHOPS at one of the five approved housing counseling agencies: Asian Inc., BALANCE, SF LGBT Center, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC). The SF LGBT Center offers the workshop as a series. BALANCE and SFHDC offer the workshops online, in addition to the regular in-person workshops.
STEP 3: Complete 2 hours of INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING at the same agency where you completed the home buyer workshop. Individual counseling can be arranged to take place via phone or other online services.
Upon completion of the 10 required hours of home buyer education and entering a purchase contract, use the Request for Certificate of Home Buyer Education form to request the Verification of Home Buyer Education Completion from your housing counselor.
If you attended your First Time Home Buyer Workshop over 2 years ago, you should complete the 10 hour home buyer education process again to ensure you have up-to-date information about city home buyer programs and policies.