Applications

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco offers two programs for homeowners, our affordable homeownership program for new homeowners and the home preservation program for existing homeowners looking for help with critical repairs to their homes. To learn more, please select the program below that you are interested in.

COVID Update: our main office is temporarily closed and not open to visitors. All Habitat GSF staff are working remotely and are available to assist you. To get in touch regarding homeownership please email: HDDIntake@Habitatgsf.org or call 415 625 1041.

Homeownership Applications

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco sells affordable homes to low-income households within San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin Counties. Approved homeowners qualify for a monthly housing payment (mortgage, property tax, insurance, HOA fees if applicable) equal to 30% of their gross monthly income. Since 1989, we have built 248 homes within the tri-county area. 

Homes for Sale in Bolinas

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In partnership with the Bolinas Community Land Trust (BCLT), Affordable Prefabricated Homes for Sale on Overlook Drive in Bolinas, CA

• (2) Three-bedroom prefabricated, Two-bath homes
• Average of 1100 square feet
• 2 parking spaces per home
• Homes will be sold as Tenancy in Common (TIC) with ongoing support facilitated by the Bolinas Community Land Trust (BCLT)
• Homes include dishwasher, washer, dryer, stove/oven, and refrigerator
• Less than a mile from downtown

Basic requirements

  • Homeownership History — Applicants cannot have owned a home in the past 3 years.
  • Credit, Debt, and Income
    • Household must be within income guidelines.
    • Total debt-to-income ratio below 45%.
    • Minimum credit score of 650.
  • Applicants must be permanent residents or U.S. citizens
  • Sweat Equity — Each household must complete 250 volunteer hours towards construction, education, and other opportunities
  • Household must be between 3-5 people to qualify
  • Household income must be within ranges listed below
Number of persons in household345678
Minimum Income $83,900$93,200$100,700$108,150$115,600$123,050
Maximum Income$134,200$149,100$161,050$173,000$184,900$196,850
Source: Department of Housing and Community Development

How to Apply

Interested applicants must pre-apply for the lottery through the Bolinas Community Land Trust (BCLT) at: https://www.bolinaslandtrust.org/affordable-housing, which will put you on a waitlist. Those on the waitlist who mark their interest in home ownership will be sent a lottery application invitation on October 19, 2022 by Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. 

Please note you must do two things: join the waitlist through the link above and attend one information session. If you have already signed up for the BCLT waitlist and marked your interest in homeownership, you do not need to do so again.

Information sessions are being held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 13, 2022, at 12 pm via Zoom
  • Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 6 pm via Zoom
  • Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 10 am in Bolinas at the Fire Department Community Room, 100 Mesa Road, Bolinas, CA

Meetings will be held in English. Spanish assistance will be available upon request. Sign up for an Information Session below:

Applications will be available October 19, 2022, and must be received by 5:00 PM (PST) on November 9, 2022, 2022. A virtual lottery will be held on November 11, 2022, to determine the order in which applications are processed. Attendance is optional.

Questions?

To sign up for an information session, contact Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco at
hddintake@habitatgsf.org and to get more information about how to apply, contact info@bolinaslandtrust.org

Process to Become a Homeowner

Applicants must meet our income and credit guidelines, in addition to other requirements, such as being willing and able to perform up to 500 hours of sweat equity (volunteer hours) on the construction site, attending workshops, and volunteering in other Habitat programs.

Our selection process includes a review of your finances and credit, employment history, residency, and other qualifications.

Applications are only made available when homes are available. If you have applied in the past, you will need to submit a new application each time we have homes available. All applications that are received on time and filled out completely will be entered into a lottery. The lottery ONLY determines the order in which your application will be reviewed. It does not guarantee you a home.

Do I meet the requirements?

  • Applicant/co-applicant cannot have owned a home within the past three years at time of application.
  • Household must have lived together consistently for the past twelve months at time of application.
  • Applicants have a minimum credit score of 650.
  • Applicants have a history of reliable payments on their credit report.
  • Applicant’s debt to income ratio is below 45%.
  • Households with an annual gross income of up to 80% of the area median income (AMI) may qualify. AMI is calculated and updated each year by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Please see the 2022 chart below for reference:

2022 Income Limits for San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin Counties

Number of persons in household12345678
Very low income ($)65,25074,60083,90093,200100,700108,150115,600123,050
Low income ($)104,400119,300134,200149,100161,050173,000184,900196,850
Median Income ($)116,200132,800149,400166,000179,300192,550205,850219,100
Source: Department of Housing anf Community Development

Interested in Homeownership?

Fill out our Homeownership Interest form

If you are interested in future homeownership opportunities, please fill out the short inquiry form below. When new homeownership opportunitites become available we’ll get in touch! 

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    Calculated as income received from all adults living in the home and children over 18 years of age - Includes regular employment, self-employment, gratuities and commissions BEFORE tax and other deductions, child or spousal support, employment insurance, Pension, Social Security, disability pension, Worker’s Compensation, investment income, etc.

    Note: This information is being used for programmatic purposes only and will not be used as qualification or eligibility for a Habitat homeownership application

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