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 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 a 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 upang mag-schedule ng appointment.


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!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 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, чтобы назначить встречу.

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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 e faatulaga ai se tuugatala mo le feiloaiga.

Quick Contact

Application Assistance

In-person application clinics have been canceled until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place order.



BiSHoP Client Intake

Contact the Bill Sorro Housing Program (BiSHoP) to get assistance during their intake day through any of their free services: finding affordable housing opportunities, application
assistance, tenant counseling, housing case management, housing education &
workshops, advocacy.

Language Capacity: English, Spanish, French, Arabic

 Tuesdays, 10-12pm, 1:30-4pm, by phone

FOR HOUSING HELP, please call 415-513-5177,  email to:,  or visit:, for further information. 


BALANCE SF Tenant Clinic Phone Line

Call into the SF Tenant Clinic Line during clinic hours and get immediate assistance by phone from a housing counselor at BALANCE with your rental questions and housing search application needs.  

Application Services: City affordable rental units, BMR rentals, and BMR & DALP ownership

Language Capacity: English, Cantonese, Russian

Wednesdays from 1-4 pm, by phone

FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE, please call 415-266-6083, or visit:, for further information. 


SF LGBT Center Rental Housing Clinic (Virtual)

Connect with housing counselors from the San Francisco LGBT Community Center (SF LGBT Center) to get application assistance for City affordable rentals and ownership opportunities

4th Wednesdays, 6-8pm, Via Zoom

TO REGISTER and for further information, please visit:



Counseling agencies are offering telephone and virtual application assistance, as well as other housing counseling services.  Please see their contact information below and get in touch with them directly to schedule an appointment, or contact or 415-202-5464 to be connected.  Please include your name, contact information, and the nature of your housing concerns and needs, so we can respond accordingly.


Bill Sorro Housing Program (BiSHoP)

1009 Howard St, SF 94103

Application Services: City affordable rental units

Language Capacity: English, Spanish, French, Arabic




1390 Market Street, Suite 200, SF 94102

Application Services: City affordable rental units, BMR & DALP ownership

Language Capacity: English, Cantonese, Russian



Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)

2301 Mission Street #301, SF 94110

Application Services: City affordable rental units

Language Capacity: English, Spanish



San Francisco LGBT Community Center

 1800 Market Street

Application Services: City affordable rental units

Language Capacity: English, Laotian

415- 865-5555


San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC)

 4439 3rd Street, SF 94124

Application Services: City affordable rental units, BMR & DALP ownership

Language Capacity: English, Spanish





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 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.


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.


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)

**You are not required to bring documents, but they are highly encouraged. Applicants without documentation will NOT be turned away** SEvery Tuesday, 10-12pm, 1:30-4pmfH