HOME BUYERS

Home Buyer Education and Assistance Programs

Education & Support for Home Buyers

All San Francisco home buyer assistance programs require completion of 10 hours of home buyer education, which must be completed in three steps:
STEP 1: Attend a 2 hour MOHCD HOME BUYER PROGRAM ORIENTATION at any available location.
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 6 hours can be taken as a series at The SF LGBT Center or online through the San Francisco Housing Development Agency (SFHDC).
STEP 3: Complete 2 hours of INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING at the same agency where you completed the home buyer workshop.

All members of your household age 18 and older must complete these requirements to be eligible to apply for housing.

If completing the First Time Home Buyer workshop online, each person must complete their own course and all persons of the same household must also attend the 2 hour individual counseling together with SFHDC.

Homebuyer Education Renewal:

  • If your Verification of Education form is dated more than 1 year ago, but less than 2 years ago, you can request a one-time renewal by completing a one-on-one counseling session. Your certificate can be extended for 1 year.
  • If you attended your First Time Homebuyer workshop/s over 2 years ago, you should complete the 10-hour homebuyer education process again to ensure you have up-to-date information about city homebuyer programs and policies.

MOHCD Home Buyer Program Orientation

Our nonprofit members offer workshops and individual counseling on a variety of homeownership and financial topics. Advance registration is required for all workshops.

Home Buyer Workshops

Our nonprofit members offer workshops and individual counseling on a variety of homeownership and financial topics. Advance registration is required for all workshops.

MOHCD Approved Lenders

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!

Application Assistance for Home Buyers

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!

Home Buyers Resources

Need more help? Meet one-on-one with a housing counselor to discuss your rental or purchasing goals and get application assistance. Interpretation services will be provided.

Loans/Programs

Need more help? Meet one-on-one with a housing counselor to discuss your rental or purchasing goals and get application assistance. Interpretation services will be provided.