The mission of the Housing Division of the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development is to provide financing for the development, rehabilitation and purchase of affordable housing in San Francisco. MOHCD also guides and coordinates the City's housing policy. MOHCD administers a variety of programs to finance the development of affordable housing by non-profit and for profit developers, provides financial and educational assistance to first-time homebuyers, and finances housing rehabilitation costs for low-income homeowners. MOHCD is also responsible for monitoring and ensuring the long-term affordability and physical viability of the City's stock of affordable housing.
The mission of the Community Development division at MOHCD is to partner with the community to strengthen the social, physical and economic infrastructure of San Francisco's low-income neighborhoods and communities in need. MOHCD has been designated as the city agency to administer the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. The Community Development division administers the following programs:
- The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, a multi-million dollar federal program focused on low- and moderate-income communities. The primary objective of the CDBG program is the development of viable urban communities, by providing decent housing and suitable living environment and expanding economic development opportunities principally for persons of low- and moderate-income.
- The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, part of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act funds. The ESG program is designed to be the first step in a continuum of assistance to prevent homelessness and to enable homeless individuals and families to move toward independent living.
- The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. The HOPWA program is dedicated to meeting the housing needs, and related service needs, of people living with HIV/AIDS.
- A wide variety of city General Fund grants focused on community development issues and services to low-moderate income residents.
- Housing Trust Fund grants focused on eviction prevention, housing stability, and access to housing issues.