All San Francisco ownership opportunity 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 free 2 hour MOHCD Homebuyer Program Orientation.
2. Complete 6 hours of First Time Homebuyer workshop(s).
3. Complete 2 hours of Individual Counseling at the same agency (listed below) where you completed the homebuyer workshop(s). Individual counseling appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis and can be arranged to take place via phone or other online services.
Upon completion all 10 hours of education, you will receive a Verification of Homebuyer Education. Once you have also obtained a mortgage pre-approval from a MOCHD approved lender, you will be eligible to apply for:
It is your responsibility to make sure your Verification of Homebuyer Education is up to date. The Issue Date on your Verification of Homebuyer Education must be within the past year to be valid. If the Issue Date on your Verification of Homebuyer Education is close to reaching a one-year mark or has already passed, please connect with your counselor immediately to determine the next steps to renew the document. A valid Verification of Homebuyer Education will be needed for your counseling agency to issue a Certificate of Homebuyer Education once you are in a purchase contract. See Homebuyer Education Requirement and FAQs for more information.
If your Verification has expired for less than 1 year, you can request a one-time renewal by completing another Counseling session. The renewed Verification will expire 1 year from the date of the renewal Counseling session.