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The Housing Authority of the City & County of San Francisco continues working diligently to ensure that essential service​s are provided while following the Department of Public Health's directive to limit any exposure due to COVID-19. To meet customer needs, the Authority, like other City and County of San Francisco departments, has taken immediate action.​​​



The Housing Authority of the City and County of San Francisco (Authority) is opening its online waitlist application process for the Mainstream preference for the Housing Choice Voucher program. **The SFHA will accept up to 500 applications for this preference at which time the online waitlist will close.**

In order to apply:

  • At least one person in the household must be non – elderly (18 to 61 years at the time of admission) and disabled AND
  • Homeless OR
  • Transitioning out of an institutional facility or other segregated setting OR
  • At serious risk of institutionalization

Income Requirements:

Total household income must not exceed the following:



An applicant (and all members of the family, if applicable) must:

  • Qualify as an individual or family as defined by the Authority.
  • Have a head of household that is at least 18 years of age at the time of this waitlist application or be a minor legally emancipated by a court of competent jurisdiction, consistent with California law.
  • Have annual income at the time of admission that does not exceed the established income limits.
  • Pass a criminal background check.
  • Provide documentation of social security numbers or certify that they do not have social security numbers at the time of initial eligibility interview.
  • Meet HUD requirements on citizenship or immigration status. One member of the applicant family must be a U.S Citizen, U.S. National or Non-Citizen with Eligible Immigration status at the time the voucher is issued to be eligible for assistance.

An applicant/applicant family must not:

  • Have ever been convicted of manufacturing or producing methamphetamine on the premises of any federally-assisted housing or any family household member that is subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program will not be eligible for housing assistance.
  • Owe rent or other amounts to the San Francisco Housing Authority (or any other public housing authority). Assistance will not be offered until the outstanding balance is paid in full.


The Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, marital status, familial status, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, ancestry, or sexual orientation in the access to, admission into, or employment in housing programs or activities.

How to Apply:

**Waitlist applications will be accepted ONLINE ONLY beginning September 29, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. to October 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PST OR when 500 applications have been received, whichever comes first. 

Before you begin the waitlist application process, please have available the names, social security numbers (if available), and dates of birth of all family members. You will also need the gross annual income of all family members. Make sure you have access to a printer, e-mail or have paper and pen ready to write down your confirmation number!

  1. Complete the waitlist application using any device with internet access at
  2. Review all information to make sure you have entered the requested information correctly!
  3. Submit your application.
  4. Print or save the online confirmation number. You can either print, e-mail or write this number down with pen and paper.

    (Paper waitlist applications will NOT be accepted)

    The San Francisco Public Library has free community computers that may be used to fill out this paperless waitlist application! Call 311 for locations of libraries and operating hours or go to

    Contact the Authority with any questions!

    For questions, please contact the Authority's Customer Care Center Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm:

Maintaining Your Status on the Waitlist
You will be notified by mail when your name comes to the top of the waiting list or if we are updating our files. If you do not respond to our notifications, or your letter is returned undeliverable, your name will be removed from the waiting list. If you have a change of address, phone number, income, or family size, you must notify us via e-mail ( or by phone at (415) 715-5200 within 10 business days of the change. 


Applications can be received online anytime during the wait list period. Once 500 applications have been received, the waitlist period will automatically close. Applicants will receive a confirmation number to acknowledge successful transmission of their application.

The content in this announcement is subject change without notice at any time. The waitlist applicant is non-transferable and does not administer nor guarantee housing assistance.



Leased Housing Programs/HCV (Section 8)  


The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a federally funded, locally administered program that assists very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Eligibility for this program is based on a family’s gross annual income and family size. A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety.   A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the SFHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program which generally does not exceed 40 percent of their adjusted monthly income.  HCV participants must comply with all program requirements, including completing their annual certification, accommodating Housing Quality Standards inspections, allowing property owners to make any needed repairs, and adhering to the terms of their lease.


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Landlord R​esources


1 SFHA_Administrative Plan_07162021.pdf
2 Housing Authority of the City and County of San Fransico 2021 Utility Allowance Schedules.pdf
3 Payment Standards 2021 - Update 4.1.2021 (1).pdf
Authorization to Release Information.pdf
FY2018 REVISED Payment Standards_.pdf
Landlord Request for Direct Deposit.pdf
Live-In Aide Certification Packet.pdf
Portability Request Form 8.2021.pdf
Reasonable accomodation form.pdf
Rent Increase Request Form 9.2021.pdf
SFHA Contact Information Update Form - HCV Rev. 11.2020.pdf
SFHA HCV EHV Interim Reexamination Form 08.2021.pdf
SFHA-LEP Vital Document List_2017.pdf
Translation Certification.pdf
2016 - 2021 Five Year Plan.pdf
ACOP 100118.pdf
Annual Plan FY 2019.pdf
Frequently Asked Questions.pdf
Hearing Procedure.pdf
HUD Smoke Free Policy Fact Sheet.pdf
HUD Smoke Free Policy Information  for Residents.pdf
HUD Smoke Free Policy Recommended 18-Month Timeline.pdf
HUD Smoke Free Policy Recommended Checklist.pdf
LEP Plan.pdf
LEP Procedure.pdf
Limited English Proficiency Plan.pdf
Maintenance Plan 2015.pdf
Public Housing Admission and Continue Occupancy Policy August 1, 2016.pdf
Public Housing Agency Annual Plan 2017.pdf
SFHA ACOP 100119 F.pdf
SFHA-LEP Vital Document List_2017.pdf

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