About the Small Sites Program

The Small Sites Program helps San Franciscans avoid displacement or eviction.

2022 Housing Preservation Program Guidelines Update

Friday, July 1, 2022:

The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development is accepting public comment on revisions to the Acquisition and Preservation Program regulations more commonly referred to as the Small Sites Program.

Links to revised Draft Guidelines can be found in the Small Sites Program section here.

Please submit comments to mohcd-preservationprograms@sfgov.org by July 25, 2022, at 5 PM. Final approval of the revised regulations will be completed within the following sixty days.

Information for MOHCD partners

The goal of the Small Sites Program is to protect and create lasting affordable housing throughout San Francisco.

Small rent-controlled properties are often vulnerable to market pressure. What results are rising tenant rents, increased evictions, and property sales.

The Small Sites Program protects tenants living in these properties by removing them from the risky market. The properties are then  converted to permanently affordable housing.

Results of the Small Sites Program are:

  • More permanently affordable housing (no longer rent-controlled)
  • Stabilized housing for current tenants
  • Improved physical condition of these buildings
  • Financial sustainability

How the Small Sites Program works

  1. A low- or moderate-income tenant can nominate their building for SSP, by contacting one of the participating nonprofits listed below. The nonprofit can help determine eligibility.

  2. If the building is eligible, the nonprofit can buy the building with a Small Sites Program loan.

  3. The building will receive some renovation to ensure the health and safety of tenants.

  4. The nonprofit then converts the building to permanently affordable housing. Any new tenants to the building must meet MOHCD eligibility requirements, and go through a lottery process.

Small Sites Program eligibility

Buildings are eligible for SSP if:

  • Two-thirds of existing tenants have maximum incomes at 80% Area Median Income (AMI)
  • The tenants in your building must have incomes that are eligible for SSP
  • Building has between 5-25 units
  • Requires no major renovation (light to moderate renovation only)
  • Existing tenants meet per-unit subsidy limits in the program guidelines
  • Revised draft guidelines (Accepting public comment through July 25, 2022)

The typical income level for the program ranges between 50% and 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI). You can still nominate your building for the program if your income is lower than 50% AMI or higher than 120% AMI. The nonprofit organization can help you find out if your building is eligible for SSP.
2021 AMI Income Limits - HMFA

What the Small Sites Program means for existing tenants

Read more and nominate your building.

What the Small Sites Program means for community sponsors

  • MOHCD works with sponsors to finance acquisition and renovation.
  • These organizations help tenants find out if their building is eligible.
  • The organization then owns and operates SSP buildings

Read the Small Sites Program Notice of Funding Availability

Download the Small Sites Program Manual

Small Sites Program community partners

Contact the following community partners for more information about the Small Sites Program, or to nominate your building:

Chinatown Community Development Center

Kim Piechota
Director of Housing Development

(415) 929-0712

Council of Community Housing Organizations
(For information only)

(415) 882-0901

Mission Economic Development Agency

SSP Team 

Jose Garcia
Program Manager, Preservation
(415) 282-3334 x176

Karoleen Feng
Director of Community Real Estate
(415) 282-3334 x101


Mission Housing Development Corporation

Gail McGuire
Project Developer

(415) 864-6432 x 303

People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (PoderSF)
(For information only)

Antonio Diaz
Organizational Director

(415) 431-4210

San Francisco Community Land Trust

Keith Cooley
Director of Asset Management

(415) 480-0397

San Francisco Housing Development Corporation

Tom Kostosky
Associate Director of Real Estate Development

(415) 822-1022


Last updated September 15, 2022