Finding and staying in housing.


Apply for a downpayment loan to buy a market rate home

With the Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (DALP), you can get assistance up to $375,000 to buy a home.

Apply for a housing lottery preference as a displaced tenant

The Displaced Tenant Housing Preference (DTHP) helps renters displaced by no fault eviction or fire.

Apply for a loan to repair your home

Get a loan or grant if you are fixing building code issues or lead hazards.

Avoid displacement by turning your building into affordable housing

The Small Sites Program can help nonprofits buy apartment buildings before an investor does.

Buy a home at a below market rate price

First time homebuyers can buy a home in San Francisco at below market rate (BMR) prices.

Buy a home with City help

First time homebuyers can get help from the City to buy a home or get downpayment assistance.

Check if you can get a Certificate of Preference (COP)

Former SF residents displaced in the 1960s and 1970s may get first priority in the housing lottery.

Find and apply for affordable rental housing

See and apply for current rental listings at DAHLIA, the SF Housing Portal.

Find out if you qualify for housing lottery preferences

Improve your lottery chances with Live in the Neighborhood, Displaced Tenant, COP, or Live/Work in SF.

Get a downpayment loan to buy a market rate City home

In the City Second program, you can borrow up to $375,000 towards your downpayment on certain homes.

Get help from a housing counselor

Counselors can help with your rental application, credit score, or other housing issues.

Get help if you might be evicted

Resources if you are having conflicts, served an eviction notice, or need help paying rent.

Get help if you own a home

Low interest loans or grants to fix or keep your home. For all San Francisco homeowners.

Get help if you're in a rent controlled unit

You can get help in person and by phone from Rent Board counselors. Sessions are generally 5 to 10 minutes and there may be a wait.

Get help if your home is at risk of foreclosure

Steps to take when you are falling behind on payments.

Learn more about rental housing programs

Information about rent subsidies, HIV housing resources, and Section 8.

Report an affordable apartment being rented out

Tell us if there is a Below Market Rate (BMR) unit being rented out, sublet, or put on Airbnb.

Sign up for homebuyer education

The first step to buy a home with City help is to complete homebuyer education.