History and Mission of the Authority
The San Francisco Housing Authority is a public body organized under the laws of the State of California. The Authority’s mission is to provide safe, clean, and drug-free affordable housing for low income residents of the City and County of San Francisco through conventional housing and various Section 8 subsidized housing programs. The Authority serves the housing needs of low income senior citizens, individuals, families and disabled members of the community.
The San Francisco Housing Authority was established in 1938 and is organized under the laws of California and the City and County of San Francisco. The Authority is governed by a seven member Board of Commissioners made up of distinguished members of the community including residents of public housing. The Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco appoints the members of the Board and the Board appoints the Executive Director. The Authority completed the first of its developments in the 1940’s and has continuously operated residential developments since that time. At present (October 2000) the Authority has nearly 6200 units of public housing in 43 developments serving over 12,000 residents. In addition, the Authority serves an additional 12,000 people through its Section 8 program. The modernization and rehabilitation of the Authority’s properties continues and will provide additional units in the future. – less