Apply for Housing Preferences

  • Apply for Housing
  • Certificate of Preference Program
  • Other Lottery Housing Preferences

Apply for Housing

Click here to get information on eligibility, housing opportunities and more from the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD).

You can also see and apply for current rental listings on DAHLIA, the San Francisco Housing Portal.


Certificate of Preference Program (COP)

The program is for former San Francisco residents displaced in the 1960s and 70s. In that time, the SF Redevelopment Agency displaced many households in the federally-funded urban renewal program. Click here for background information.

The Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) administers this program. For additional information, call the Certificate hotline at 628-652-5801.

The Certificate of Preference is not:

• A rental subsidy
• A Section 8 voucher
  - MOHCD does not administer the Section 8 program
• A homebuyer education completion certificate

Apply for a Certificate of Preference 

Learn more about the Certificate of Preference Program: https://www.sf.gov/learn-about-certificate-preference-cop

Click here for the Annual MOHCD COP Report.

Other Lottery Housing Preferences

Check if you qualify for affordable Housing Lottery Preferences.

Improve your lottery chances if you live in the neighborhood, are a displaced tenant, or live or work in SF.