Plus Housing Program
Please read these important notes:
- In order to better coordinate our homelessness efforts as a City, and in recognition of the fact that Plus Housing has always prioritized currently housed persons with high rent burden and those exiting transitional housing, Plus Housing is now closed to homeless applicants. Plus Housing remains open to stably housed and transitionally housed applicants (medical, substance treatment or other time-limited programs). We sincerely appreciate your understanding. Homeless persons should enroll instead in the Department of Homelessness and Supportive
- Coordinated Entry COVID-19 Update: Problem Solving, Assessment and Prioritization and Housing Navigation are core components to coordinated entry and to helping San Franciscans connect to housing. But during a public health crisis, these services are essential to ensure our most vulnerable can “shelter-in-place” in their own housing or in a safe alternative.
Access Points provide access, eligibility, problem solving, assessment, and housing referrals for people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. Below are the phone numbers to connect with the Access Points.During the COVID 19 Shelter In Place Directive, The San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) and our partners recommend that people experiencing homelessness utilize Access Point services via phone to the maximum extent possible.
Access Points for Families
Central City Access Point
Mission Access Point
Bayview Access Point
- You will not be contacted unless your application is prioritized for placement and we have an available resource.
- Plus Housing prioritizes persons who are currently housed but have high rent burdens (pay a high percentage of their income in rent).
- If you are currently a resident of a Residential Care Facility for the Chronically Ill (RCFCI), you must be submitted for placement by your facility management.
What is the Plus Housing program?
Plus Housing is a housing program through the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) for low-income people living with HIV. In this new program, applicants can choose to be considered for either (or both) permanent housing subsidies and units (see list). Plus Housing is federally funded by HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS), and locally by the San Francisco General Fund. Stably housed households, which are those who are currently housed and not in a transitional housing program (medical, substance treatment or other time-limited programs), are eligible for available rent subsidies/vouchers. Transitionally housed households are eligible for available units.
Although Plus Housing is not part of the new DAHLIA Housing Portal, which provides listings for housing units through our primary affordable housing programs, we encourage Plus Housing applicants to check listings on DAHLIA as well.
What is the Plus Housing list?
The Plus Housing list is a prioritized list of applicants seeking permanent housing units or subsidies from the Plus Housing program. Althought it replaces the closed HIV Housing Referral List (HHRL), which was a simple waitlist, Plus Housing is different. It works to prioritize (please see below) those with the greatest need for rent support. Plus Housing will remain permanently open to qualified applicants.
How do I qualify?
In order to be eligible for the new Plus Housing program, an applicant must:
- Currently live in San Francisco
- HIV+ (An AIDS or disabling AIDS diagnosis is not required for general program participation, but is for some program resources)
- Not all persons in your household must be HIV+, but at least one must be
- Annual household income less than 50% of Area Median Income (AMI) (For 2020: $44,850 for a 1-person household, and $51,250 for a 2-person household. See AMI link for other household sizes)
- Note for some resources in the Plus Housing program, you must have at least some type of income (general assistance, social security, wages, etc.)
- Unsubsidized rent burden of 50% or greater (the amount of monthly rent divided by the total before-tax monthly income)
- If you pay a percentage of your income as a "program fee", we consider that fee to be rent for the purposes of this program
- Exemptions from the rent burden requirement include the following:
- Persons living in transitional housing (medical, substance treatment or other time-limited programs)
- Persons currently receiving a partial housing subsidy (a flat monthly rental assistance amount, unlike paying a percentage of your income toward rent), provided that subsidy does not reduce the applicant's rent burden to below 35%
- TO CALCULATE RENT BURDEN: First determine your monthly income. If you only know your annual income, just divide it by 12. Next, divide your rent by your monthly income.
- Example: If you earn $16,752 per year, your monthly income is $1,396. If your monthly rent is $700, your rent burden is just over 50% ($700 divided by $1,396 = 50.1%)
Note that some housing and subsidies placed by Plus Housing may have additional eligibility requirements. Also, if you don't qualify now, you can certainly apply in the future if/when you do qualify.
What do I need to apply?
To apply for the list, we just need your contact information, your housing subsidies and units preferences and a few other details. Keep in mind, though, that you will have to provide documentation to confirm eligibility for the program later in the process.
If you apply online, you'll get an immediate confirmation by email (if you provide an email address). Paper applications are also available, either through download here, or by pickup in person at any of the following locations. Please do not apply more than once; duplicate applications will be removed. If you need to change information you submitted on an application, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Instituto Familiar de la Raza
Positive Resource Center
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
How are Plus Housing list participants prioritized?
The Plus Housing list ranks applicants in the following order and with the following criteria.
- Patients from Residential Care Facilities for the Chronically Ill (RCFCI) have top priority
RCFCIs provide temporary, supportive housing for HIV+ persons with a need for additional medical support. Clients being discharged from RCFCIs have top priority, to free up space at the RCFCI for others that need that higher level of care. If you or the person you represent is an HIV+ person that needs supportive housing for a medical-related condition, please email us at email@example.com.
- Eliglble transitionally housed applicants are entered into a lottery for each available unit.
- New Plus Housing applicants
Stably housed applicants are assigned points and ranked per the following:
Rent burden; up to 20 points. Rent burden of 100% (all income goes to rent) is awarded 20 points, down to 0 points awarded for 50% rent burden, which is the minimum rent burden required for program participation.
Wait credit; up to 5 points. List participants are given 1 point for every year they are on the Plus Housing list, granted on the anniversary of the date their application was received, for a maximum of 5 points/5 years. Please note that as previously announced, all applications received during the initial launch period (until October 31, 2017) will be given the same official received date (October 31, 2017).
Remaining members of the closed HIV Housing Resource List (HHRL) NOTE: All eligible former HHRL members have now been placed.
The few remaining participants on the closed HHRL will be offered an opportunity to apply for the new program. If they qualify, they will be moved to the top of the new list, after exiting RCFCI clients.
What happens to my application after I send it in?
- you will only be contacted if we have a question about your application, or if you have been prioritized for placement.
- Please note that if you are selected for placement, the following will be verified. If any of the following cannot be verified, the applicant may be removed from the Plus Housing list.
- HIV+ diagnosis letter
- Proof of income
- Proof of rent burden
- When housing subsidies and units become available, a MOHCD staff person will contact the top applicant deemed appropriate for (and interested in) the type of housing opportunity available. Note that a participant that turns down any subsidy or housing unit for which they've indicated interest may have to reapply for the program.
Note that if you submit an application that is not eligible for the program per the above guidelines, your application will not be considered and you will not be otherwise notified.
What happens if I want to change information on my application, or if my housing or financial situation changes?
You are responsible for keeping your application information updated. Please contact MOHCD at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not submit more than one application; duplicate applications will be removed.
After I apply, can I find out I learn where I am on the Plus Housing list?
If you email the Plus Housing program at email@example.com, we can confirm if you're eligible for the program, and, depending on your housing status, give you an approximate idea of where you are on the list. Note that we cannot give you an exact rank on the list, as it could change if applications with higher priority (i.e. higher rent burden) come in. Also given a relative shortage of resources, and that this is a dynamic list, per the above, we are unfortunately unable to provide an estimate of how long it might take to place you.
Is my information kept confidential?
Please note that we reserve the right to make adjustments to program policies as needed, in order to serve the overall program aims and provide the greatest benefit to San Franciscans living with HIV.