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Online Waiting List Pre-Application

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Written requests for persons with disabilities or persons needing assistance must be put in writing to the SFHA Office.

Before you begin the application process, please have available:

  • Social Security Card, Names and Dates of Birth of ALL family members.
  • Income of all family members.
  • Have pen and paper ready to write down your confirmation number.

Make sure you have typed ALL information correctly.

Submit only ONE application to the San Francisco Housing Authority [SFHA].
Duplicate forms WILL NOT be accepted.

Applications can be received online anytime during the Opening of the Waiting List Period. Applicants will receive a confirmation number to acknowledge successful transmission of the application. By submitting this pre-application information you are not guaranteed placement on any Waiting List.

Maintaining Your Status on the Waiting List
If you are added to the Waiting List, you will be notified by mail when your name reaches 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 within ten (10) business days of the change. ALL CHANGES MUST BE IN WRITING. No changes will be taken over the phone. Please include your Social Security Number and/or SFHA Applicant Number on any correspondence.


  • An applicant must qualify as an individual or family as defined by SFHA.
  • Head of household must be at least 18 years of age at the time of this pre-application or an emancipated minor by a court of competent jurisdiction, consistent with California Law.
  • Family must have annual income at the time of admission that does not exceed the established income limits at the admission according to the maximum income by family size established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (USHUD).
  • Applicant and all adult family members must pass a criminal background check.
  • Applicant or any member of the family that has ever been convicted of manufacturing or producing methamphetamine on the premises of any federally assisted housing or any family household member that subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program will not be eligible for housing assistance.
  • Applicant and all member of the family must provide documentation of social security numbers for all family members or certify that they do not have social security numbers at the time of initial eligibility interview.
  • Applicant and all members of the family must meet USHUD requirements on citizenship or immigration status.
  • Applicant or any member of the family who currently owes rent or other amounts to SFHA or any other Housing Authority will not be offered assistance until the outstanding balance is paid in full.

The San Francisco Housing 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.

Begin by selecting your program(s) you wish to apply for and enter your Social Security Number:

Date of birth

Available Groupings:
Select the programs you want to apply to:


Please enter your SSN twice to get started:

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