In the interest of public health, HSF and members will be acting with an abundance of caution. Orientations, Workshops and Clinics have been cancelled or moved to an online format. Please revisit our calendars for details.

BMR open houses and info sessions have been cancelled. Paper applications are not being accepted and while lotteries will be closed to the public, they will continue as scheduled. Check listing updates at www.housing.sfgov.org/listings.

HOMEBUYERS

Homebuyer Education and Assistance Programs

Education & Support for Homebuyers

All San Francisco homebuyer assistance programs through the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) require completion of 10 hours of homebuyer education by ALL members of the household age 18 and older. The 10 hours must be completed in three steps:

  1. Attend a 2 hour MOHCD Homebuyer Program Orientation.
  2. Complete 6 hours of First Time Homebuyer workshop(s), also available via self-paced online workshops for a fee.
  3. Complete 2 hours of Individual Counseling at the same agency where you completed the homebuyer workshop(s). Individual counseling can be arranged to take place via phone or other online services.

Have you entered a purchase contract?

Upon completion of the 10 required hours of homebuyer education and entering a purchase contract, use the Request for Certificate of Homebuyer Education form to request the Verification of Homebuyer Education Completion from your housing counselor.

Homebuyer Education Renewal

  • Your Verification of Education form is valid for 1 year. You can request a one time renewal by completing another individual counseling appointment for a one year renewal.
  • If you attended your First Time Homebuyer Workshop 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 Homebuyer 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.

Homebuyer Workshops

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

Online Homebuyer Workshops

Online workshops allow you to complete 6 of the 10 first time homebuyer education requirement for the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) programs.

MOHCD Approved Lenders

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

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 five local housing counseling agencies!

Homebuyers 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.