“Working Class For An Affordable Mission” ⁣ ⁣ Directed and designed Lucia Gonzalez Ippolito. Painted by Pancho Pescador and Pablo Ruiz Arroyo.⁣ ⁣⁣ Sponsored by Mission Housing Development Corporation to commemorate 50 years of serving the community (1971-2021). ⁣
“Working Class For An Affordable Mission” directed and designed Lucia Gonzalez Ippolito, and painted by Pancho Pescador and Pablo Ruiz Arroyo.⁣ It was sponsored by Mission Housing Development Corporation to commemorate it's 50 year anniversary and honor the Mission Coalition Organization.

It’s not easy to score an affordable home in San Francisco, but you never know until you try and apply

How this page is organized: 

Mission Local is highlighting San Francisco’s available apartments and condos, which you can find directly on the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development’s site DAHLIA

The properties are organized by application deadlines and divided into rental and ownership properties.

A “how-to,” definitions, and basic explainer of how affordable housing application and selection works will appear at the bottom of the page. Once an application process closes, we will remove the listing. Previous listings can be viewed on DAHLIA. 

We’re a small (but mighty) team. If we miss a property, don’t hesitate to reach out so we can update the page. 

Affordable homes for rent 

Casa Adelante – 681 Florida St. 

What: 44 studios, 12 one-bedrooms, 24 two-bedrooms, 10 three-bedrooms. Childcare unit, rooftop terrace, bike parking, community workers, on-site social workers, laundry room, courtyard. Community groups will also rent the commercial spaces in the building. 

No on-site parking. 

No pets. 

When: Application deadline May 30, 2022. Section 8 housing vouchers may be used.

Who: Those earning between 35 and 85 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those with mobility impairments, hearing or vision impairments, those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who live in the neighborhood, who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: Mission District. By Florida and 19th streets. Close to multiple MUNI transit lines.

If you need aid applying, contact these community partners: Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, Mission Economic Development Agency. 

See the original DAHLIA listing for more details. 

793 South Van Ness Ave. 

What: One-bedrooms and two-bedrooms. Fitness center, in-unit laundry/dryer, package room, parking garage, bike storage, outdoor space. 

Five parking spaces in total. One space per household; each space costs $100 to $175 per month. 

Maximum two pets allowed per household with landlord’s permission. Must pay a $500 deposit and $50 per month. 

When: Application deadline June 10 at 5:00 p.m. 

Who: Those earning 55 percent and 80 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who live in the neighborhood, who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: Mission District. By South Van Ness Avenue and 19th Street. 

See the original DAHLIA listing for more details. 

Affordable homes for purchase

There are extra requirements to purchase an affordable home. Read ‘how it works’ below to learn more. 

300 Ivy St

What: A two-bedroom at 1,062 square feet. Refrigerator, stove, dishwasher. Barbecue area, roof deck, greenbelt. One parking space. Services like garbage and water are covered by homeowner association dues. 

Maximum two pets allowed; cats and dogs only, no more than 60 lbs. 

Price: $478,872. Price negotiable. 

Homeowner Association dues are $691 per month. 

When: Application deadline May 24 at 5:00 p.m. 

Who: Those who earn up to 100 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: Hayes Valley. By Ivy and Gough streets. 

See the original DAHLIA listing for more details. 

766 Harrison St

What: A studio at 255 square feet. Electric cooktop, refrigerator, built-in oven, dishwasher, and a rooftop deck. Services like garbage and water are covered by homeowner association dues. 

No parking spaces. Near transit lines. 

No more than two dogs or cats. 

Price: $198,436

Homeowner Association dues are $283 per month. 

When: Application deadline May 24 at 5:00 p.m. 

Who: Those who earn up to 60 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: SoMa. By Harrison and 4th streets. 

See the original DAHLIA listing for more details. 

1400 Mission St

What: One-bedroom at 635 square feet. Washer/dryer, microwave, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, roof deck and a greenbelt. Services like garbage and water are covered by homeowner association dues. 

No parking spaces. Near transit lines. 

No more than one dog or cat. 

Price: $349,108

Homeowner Association dues are $481 per month. 

When: Application deadline May 25 at 5:00 p.m. 

Who: Those who earn up to 60 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: Mid-Market/Civic Center. By Mission and 10th streets. 

See the original DAHLIA listing for more details. 

170 King St. 

What: One-bedroom at 589 square feet. Refrigerator, gas stove, dishwasher, microwave, garbage disposal, washer/dryer. Pool, spa, owners lounge, courtyard with seating, fitness center, roof deck, private theater. Services like garbage and water are covered by homeowner association dues. 

No parking spaces. 

No more than two pets. 

Price: $301,974

Homeowner Association dues are $712 per month. 

When: Application deadline May 26 at 5:00 p.m.

Who: Those who earn up to 100 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: Mission Bay. By King and 3rd streets. Near Oracle Park.

See the original DAHLIA listing for more details. 

832 Sutter St. 

What: 2 one-bedrooms are available at 594-705 square feet. Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Stove, Microwave. Shared Patio Area, Elevator, Bike Storage, Courtyard, Grill. Services like electricity and insurance are covered by homeowner association dues. 

No parking spaces. 

No more than two pets. 

Price: $353,803 to $360,346

Homeowner Association dues are $681 to $695 per month. 

When: Application deadline May 30 at 5:00 p.m. 

Who: Those who earn up to 100 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: Nob Hill. By Sutter and Jones streets.

See the original DAHLIA listing for more details. 

335 Berry St

What: A one-bedroom is available at 607 square feet. 

Dishwasher, disposal, refrigerator, stackable washer/dryer. Courtyard, greenbelt, elevator. Services like water and garbage are covered by homeowner association dues. 

Leased parking space may be available by waitlist. 

No more than two dogs or cats. 

Price: $308,248

Homeowner Association dues are $541 per month. 

When: Application deadline May 31 at 5:00 p.m. 

Who: Those who earn up to 92 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: Mission Bay. By King Street and Mission Creek Channel. 

See the original DAHLIA listing for more details. 

888 7th St

What: A one-bedroom is available at 538 square feet. 

Dishwasher, microwave, stove/oven, refrigerator and washer/dryer hookups. Greenbelt, game room, and community room. Services like water and garbage are covered by homeowner association dues. 

One parking space. 

No more than two dogs or cats. 

Price: $401,048

Homeowner Association dues are $386 per month. 

When: Application deadline June 3 at 5:00 p.m. 

Who: Those who earn up to 100 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: Mission Bay. By Berry Street and Mission Creek Channel. 
See the original DAHLIA listing for more details.

75 Ora Way

What: A one-bedroom is available at 684 square feet. 

Stove, refrigerator and microwave. Heated pool and jacuzzi, an exercise room (both at the main office building), and a front desk (with limited hours) for receipt of packages and other issues.Services like water and garbage are covered by homeowner association dues. 

One parking space. 

No more than a ‘reasonable’ amount of domesticated pets. 

Price: $431,916

Homeowner Association dues are $731 per month. 

When: Application deadline June 7 at 5:00 p.m. 

Who: Those who earn up to 120 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: Glen Park. By Topaz Way and Topaz Open Space. 

See the original DAHLIA listing for more details. 

1235 McAllister St

What: A one-bedroom is available at 804 square feet. 

Stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and courtyard. Services like water and garbage are covered by homeowner association dues. 

Leased parking space may be available.

No more than two domesticated pets. 

Price: $461,777

Homeowner Association dues are $468 per month. 

When: Application deadline June 7 at 5:00 p.m. 

Who: Those who earn up to 120 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: Western Addition. By Steiner Street. 

See the original DAHLIA listing for more details. 

1160 Mission St

What: A one-bedroom is available at 764 square feet. 

Refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer. Clubhouse, exercise room, gym, roof deck, and spa/hot tub. Services like water and garbage are covered by homeowner association dues. 

Leased parking space may be available.

One dog, one cat allowed. 

Price: $326,254. Price negotiable. 

Homeowner Association dues are $819 per month. 

When: Application deadline June 9 at 5:00 p.m. 

Who: Those who earn up to 100 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: SoMa. By Julia Street. 
See the original DAHLIA listing for more details.

2238 Market St

What: 

Two studios are available at 612-626 square feet. 

A one-bedroom is available at 722 square feet. 

Two two-bedrooms are available at 1052 square feet. 

Refrigerator, washer/dryer, stove/range, microwave, dishwasher, and garbage disposal. Rooftop terrace, outdoor kitchen and dining area, package and refrigerated grocery reception, bike repair room with secured storage, pet spa, touch-less entry system. Services like water and garbage are covered by homeowner association dues. 

Three parking spaces available by lottery. Electric vehicle parking spaces available.

No more than one dog, one cat allowed. 

Price: Studios: $292,897 to $325,881

Homeowner Association dues are $662 to $757 per month. 

One-bedroom: $352,766 to $392,016

Homeowner Association dues are $686 to $776 per month. 

Two-bedrooms: $402,447 to $448,880.

Homeowner Association dues are $759 to $849 per month. 

When: Application deadline June 10 at 5:00 p.m. 

Who: Those who earn up to 100 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who live in the neighborhood, those who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: Castro/Upper Market. By Noe and 16th streets. 

See the original DAHLIA listing for more details. 

88 Arkansas St

What: 

Three studios are available at 612-626 square feet. 

12 one-bedrooms are available at 722 square feet. 

10 two-bedrooms are available at 1052 square feet. 

Refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, gas range and garbage disposal. Rooftop deck barbeque and firepit sitting areas, dog wash station, bicycle storage, 16 hours/day front desk attendant service and courtyard. Services like gas and garbage are covered by homeowner association dues. 

Three parking spaces available by lottery. Electric vehicle parking spaces available.

No more than one dog, one cat allowed. 

Price: Studios: $302,492 to $346,247

Homeowner Association dues are $600 to $671 per month. 

One-bedroom: $350,211 to $409,299

Homeowner Association dues are $636 to $750 per month. 

Two-bedrooms: $401,768 to $468,680

Homeowner Association dues are $693 to $811 per month. 

When: Application deadline July 1 at 5:00 p.m. 

Who: Those who earn up to 100 percent of the area median income

Priority applicants: Those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who live in the neighborhood, those who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

Where: Potrero Hill. By 17th Street and Jackson Park. 
See the original DAHLIA listing for more details.

How it (generally) works 

You must apply to each INDIVIDUAL listing. You will not have your information saved just because you applied to another listing last week. 

If you wish to purchase a property you have to complete and meet all of the requirements, including

  • Haven’t owned property in the past three years
  • Completing homebuyer education
  • Meeting income requirements
  • Getting pre-approved mortgage loan by a city-approved lender
  • And more.

Who: 

Anyone can apply if they qualify within the area median income brackets listed per property. 

However, some properties may further narrow its tenant pool by statuses like “formerly homeless” or “senior.” We’ll let you know what each property offers, but you can check on DAHLIA’s description as well. 

Often, a certain percentage of units are reserved for those who have a certificate of preference from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, those who live in the neighborhood, who have been displaced/evicted due to an owner-move-in or an Ellis Act eviction, and those who live and work in San Francisco. 

What: 

Each property is different and supplies different unit types — i.e. one bedrooms, two bedrooms etc. It will also explicitly list other amenities like bike parking, gardens, storage, etc. Much of the affordable housing does not offer on-site parking, so perhaps check local transit/bike routes and street-parking. Find the total make-up of unit types on DAHLIA. 

When: 

The windows to apply close quickly, and the requirements for income are strict. If you missed the application window, there is usually a waitlist. That goes fast as well. 

From there, a member of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development  draws a lottery where all the applicants are ranked. A staff must go in order — one by one — to ask if the selected winner wants the property and if they qualify for the home. Oftentimes, the date of the public lottery is posted on the DAHLIA listing. 

Definitions: 

San Francisco’s area median income. The area median income is determined by the federal government and changes each year. 

Unit types: 

A studio: There is no separate room for the bedroom or communal living space. One to two people can live there.* 

One-bedroom: One privated bedroom is separated from the communal living space. One to three people can live there.* 

Two-bedroom: Two private bedrooms are separated from the communal living space. Two to five people can live there.* 

Three-bedroom: Three private bedrooms are separated from the communal living space. Three to five people can live there.*

*Some properties may not count children of a certain age toward the occupancy limit. Other properties may not allow children of a certain age to live there.

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