San Francisco housing assistance.

San Francisco provides residents with a number of housing and rental assistance programs. The Human Services Agency offers or coordinates a wide variety of eviction prevention and emergency housing programs which are offered for those who are faced with a crisis. In addition, people who were evicted and need help finding a new home or apartment may be able to get help paying for a security deposit or first month’s rent.

Moving expenses for homeless

Individuals or families who are currently homeless in San Francisco and who are trying to move into a new home or apartment may be able to qualify for assistance. Resources can provide either short term or permanent housing, and several housing programs may even be able to provide qualified applicants with money to pay for security deposits, your move-in costs, or first month's rent. Two main components are listed below.

Get help finding housing and paying for security deposits from the Homeless Prenatal Program. This service is for those who are low income and/or currently homeless. Advice and financial support can be provided. (415) 546-6756

Another option is The Season of Sharing Fund. The disabled, senior’s age 60 years or older, or families with a minor child can get helping locating and paying for permanent housing. Grants can be offered for paying security deposits and move in costs. In rare cases the Season of Sharing Fund may be able to help with paying back rent if someone is faced with an eviction. Learn more by dialing (415) 557-6484

San Francisco eviction prevention and rent assistance

Human Services can provide renters with a number of eviction prevention services and emergency cash assistance. Individuals can get access to one-time rental assistance, funds to pay back rent to prevent eviction, free legal services, security deposit funds to move into permanent housing, case management, and several other housing other support services.





One of the main resources is The Family Eviction Program. Individuals may be able to access eviction prevention services including grants and funds to pay back rent, case management, budgeting advice, credit counseling, and other referrals.

One of the big advantages to The Family Eviction Program is it serves low-income families renting anywhere in San Francisco, including people who rent in public housing such as San Francisco Housing Authority units. Catholic Charities runs the Family Eviction Program on behalf of the nonprofit Human Services Agency. Call (415) 972-1300 for more details.

The federal government funds the Homeless Prevention Services (HPRP) in San Francisco. The program provides housing stabilization, financial assistance and homeless prevention services to low-income families and individuals who are at risk of losing their homes or apartments.

Financial assistance provided as part of Homeless Prevention Services can include short term (1-3 months) and medium term (4-18 months) rental subsidies, utility deposits, rental arrears, security deposits, utility payments, and even money to pay for moving cost assistance. Housing stabilization services include legal services, case management, outreach and engagement, credit repair, eligibility assessment, housing search and placement.

To learn more or apply, do not hesitate to dial the San Francisco Rental Assistance Program Information Line at (415) 558-2255.




Another organization to contact is the Eviction Defense Collaborative. Single adults, low-income families, seniors and others who are threatened with eviction, and individuals with a disability who are threatened with eviction may be able to get rent help. Another key focus of the collaborative is on arranging mediation between the tenant and landlord if and when needed.

The Eviction Defense Collaborative is yet another partner organization of the Human Services Agency. Services offered to qualified people may include tenant rights education, funds to pay back rent, eviction defense, free legal assistance, and tenant rights education. Phone (415) 947-0797.


By Jon McNamara

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