Certificate of Preference
What is a Certificate of Preference?
Certificate of Preference is a document issued by the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (“Agency”) to displaced residents and businesses in the1960’s when the Agency was implementing its federally-funded urban renewal program. MOHCD now administers this program. MOHCD is not the Housing Authority, nor does MOHCD administer the Section 8 program. This Certificate gives such households preferential consideration for MOHCD-funded housing projects and former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency funded housing projects.
Certificates of Preference were issued to households that were displaced by Redevelopment Agency activity in the 1960's and early 1970's, specifically in the Western Addition and in Hunters Point. MOHCD maintains a mailing list of all households in this program. For additional information, see below or call the Certificate hotline at 415-701-5613. If you believe that you are entitled to such a Certificate or if you are a Certificate holder who has not been receiving special mailings, please contact Sonia McDaniel at 415-701-5500.
NOTE: A Homebuyer Education Certificate from an approved housing counseling organization is NOT a Certificate of Preference.
Down Payment Assistance Loan Program
The Down Payment Assistance Program (DALP) provides down payment assistance, in the form of a deferred payment loan of up to $375,000, to qualified first time homebuyers for the purchase of a market-rate principal residence in San Francisco. Buyers must first apply for pre-approval of a DALP loan and request a reservation of DALP funds. Applications will be selected by a lottery. MOHCD will accept complete pre-approval application packets starting from 7/5/2017 to 8/21/2017. COP holders will have first preference in the lottery, provided the DALP program requirements are met. Please click here for more details about the DALP program or contact Sonia McDaniel for more details.
Certificate of Preference Program More Detailed Information
You may find the documents below helpful in learning more about the Certificate of Preference Program. The first document is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Certificate Program with answers. The second document is the formal set of Certificate of Preference Program Rules adopted by the Redevelopment Agency Commission.
Certificate of Preference Program Displacement Addresses
The Agency did not acquire every residence and all land within a Redevelopment area -i.e., Western Addition and Hunters Point. Some buildings were owned by the San Francisco Housing Authority, which is federal property, and over which the Agency has no jurisdiction to evict, relocate, or re-house.
How to Request a Certificate of Preference Search
If you would like someone to contact you about the Certificate Program, please complete the online form with as much information as possible, including the address from which your family was displaced (if known), parents' names if they were the heads of household, etc. No entity or organization other than MOHCD is authorized to check eligibility for a Certificate of Preference, or to grant a Certificate of Preference. There are always a large number of requests, and searches are conducted in the order they are received. Incomplete information, misspelled names, and wrong addresses can delay the results of a search. Please click here to submit an online form.
If you do no want to use the online form, you may print out, then fill in a Certificate of Preference Program form and send it to MOHCD to request information about your specific situation (instructions and address appear on the request form). Please attach the following form to authorize assistance in applying for the Certificate of Preference Program Authorization Release of Information
Please be prepared to provide two forms of identification i.e. social security card, birth certificate, and/ or state issued ID, if you are deemed eligible for a Certificate of Preference.