Application Assistance

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. Email [email protected] or call 415-202-5464 to schedule an appointment.

Necesita más ayuda?

Hable con un consejero de vivienda para discutir sus metas de alquiler o compra y obtenga asistencia con su solicitud. Se proporcionarán servicios de interpretación. Escribanos al correo electrónico [email protected] o llame al 415-202-5464 para programar una cita.

Kailangan pa ng tulong?

Kumonsulta sa housing counselor upang mapagusapan ang iyong mga hangarin sa pag-upa o sa pagbili at matulungan sa aplikasyon. Mayroong tutulong sa pagsasalin ng Ingles sa Tagalog. Mag-email sa [email protected] upang mag-schedule ng appointment.

需要更多協助嗎?

找出如何符合可負擔城市租屋或購屋計劃的資格和申請方法!認識租客基本知識、申請方法、業主—租客關係及其他更多資訊!需要更多協助嗎?您可與房屋顧問面對面商討您的租屋或購屋目標並尋求申請協助。將會提供口譯服務。請發電郵至[email protected].以便安排預約。

Нужна помощь?

Лично встретьтесь с консультантом по недвижимости, чтобы обсудить цели в сфере аренды и получить помощь при подаче заявки. Предоставляются услуги переводчика. Напишите письмо по адресу [email protected], чтобы назначить встречу.

Pe manaomia atili le fesoasoani?

Feiloa’i na o oulua ma le faufautua mo fale ina ia talanoa i ou sini mo le mautotgi ma maua le fesoasoani mo faatumuina o pepa. O le a saunia tautua mo faamatalaupu. Imeli i le [email protected] e faatulaga ai se tuugatala mo le feiloaiga.

Affordable rental opportunities are listed on DAHLIA.  Connect with any of the organizations below to obtain assistance with your rental applications or counseling needs.

AgencyApplication
Assistance
HoursOther
Services
Languages
Asian, Inc.
Asianinc.org
415-928-5910
By appointmentRental AssistanceEnglish, Cantonese, Mandarin
BALANCE
800-777-752
balancepro.org
415-266-6083 (leave message for call back)Via phone
Wednesdays: 1-4 pm
Rental Housing Search
Rental counseling
Lease up
Appeal support
English, Cantonese, Russian
Bayview Hunters Point Multi-Service Senior Center (BHPMSS)
bhpmss.org
415-822-1444
[email protected]
By appointmentRental Housing Search
Bill Sorro Housing Program (BiSHoP)
bishopsf.org
415-513-5177
[email protected]
Tuesdays: 10am-12pm & 1:30-4pmRental Housing Search
Rental counseling
Lease up
Appeal support
Case management
Rental assistance
English, Spanish, French, Arabic
Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP)
homelessprenatal.org
415-54-6756

Fax: 415-546-6778

[email protected]
By appointmentRental Housing Search
Rental counseling
Lease up
Appeal support
Case management
Rental assistance
English
Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
medasf.org
415-282-3334



[email protected]
By appointmentRental Housing Search
Rental counseling
Lease up
Appeal support
Rental assistance
English, Spanish
Openhouse
Openhousesf.org
415-296-8995In person
75 Laguna St.
Wednesdays: 1-4 pm Thursdays: 9am-12 pm
Rental Housing Search
Rental counseling
Lease up
Appeal support
Case management
Rental assistance
Referral and Resource Navigator for LGBTQ+, Seniors or Disabled. 
English, Spanish
San Francisco Housing Development Corporation
sfhdc.org
415-822-1022By appointmentRental Housing Search
Rental counseling
Lease up
Appeal support
Rental assistance
English, Spanish, Language Assist on Demand
Self-Help for the Elderly
Selfhelpelderly.org/san-francisco
415-677-7600
By appointmentLease up
Appeal support
Rental assistance
English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisanese, Russian
Southeast Asian Community Center
seaccusa.org
415-885-2743 By appointmentRental Housing Search
Rental counseling
Lease up
Appeal support
Rental assistance
Eviction Prevention
English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese

HOW TO PREPARE TO RECEIVE APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

STEP 1: BROWSE RENTAL OPPORTUNITIES ON DAHLIA

The DAHLIA SF Housing Portal serves as a central resource for affordable rental housing in San Francisco. This housing portal makes it easier to find and apply for housing in the City by featuring the City’s entire portfolio of available affordable rentals. View current listings and see which opportunities interest you by visiting www.housing.sfgov.org. A housing counselor can review the listings with you, help you apply to those that are appropriate for your household, and sign you up to be notified of new opportunities as they arise. Note: Keep track of the rental units that you or any household member may have applied for in the past. Having your name appear on more than one application for the same property is a cause for disqualification.

STEP 2: INCOME INFORMATION

Come prepared to discuss your total gross (pre-tax) household income from wages, benefits and other income sources for all household members who you intend to live with. Your housing counselor can help you calculate your income for the housing application. You may find it helpful to have income documents with you and/or sent to your counselor for the appointment. You are not required to bring documents to obtain assistance, but they are highly encouraged. Applicants without documentation will NOT be turned away.

STEP 3: PROOF FOR LOTTERY PREFERENCES

When you apply for affordable housing opportunities in San Francisco, you are entered into a lottery along with all other applicants. Lotteries have preference programs, and if you qualify for a certain preference, you can move up in line and get a higher ranking in the lottery. Your housing counselor can help you determine if you qualify for any preference offered in the lottery. If you do qualify, you will be required to include documentation with your application. Please review the listing to see the applicable preferences for that listing’s lottery. Proof Accepted for the Live in San Francisco, Live in Neighborhood, and Anti-Displacement Housing Preferences: One of the following:
  • Telephone bill (land line only)
  • Cable or internet bill
  • Gas bill
  • Electric bill
  • Garbage bill
  • Water bill
  • Pay stub (listing home address)
  • Public benefits record
  • School record
  • Letter documenting homelessness
Proof Accepted for the Work in San Francisco Preference: One of the following:
  • Pay stub (showing employer address in San Francisco)
  • Letter from employer verifying employment in San Francisco with at least 75% of working hours in the City.
Proof Accepted for the Assisted Housing Preference:
  • A copy of your lease showing your address
Proof Accepted for the Assisted Housing Preference:
  • A copy of your lease showing your address, AND
  • Proof of last month’s rent payment (money order, cancelled check, debit from your bank account, or a screenshot of the online payment