The San Francisco Board of Supervisors established the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) in 1938. The San Francisco Housing Authority is the oldest housing authority in California and the 17th largest in the country. Since its inception, the SFHA's Conventional Public Housing Department has grown to include over 40 developments located throughout San Francisco. In 1974, the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly Section 8) was introduced to the SFHA. Over 10,000 individuals and families have been served through the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Today, the SFHA serves over 20,000 residents of San Francisco.
While the Mayor appoints the seven members of the SFHA's Board of Commissioners, the SFHA is an independent agency and a state chartered corporation. Two of the seven Commissioners must be SFHA residents to effectively represent the families, seniors, and disabled persons who are residents in housing developments.
The Board of Commissioners appoints an Executive Director to lead the SFHA workforce of more than 200 employees in various executive, administrative, and craft occupations.
Departments within the SFHA include the Office of the Executive, Public Housing Operations, the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), which includes Client Placement and the Customer Care Center), the Housing Development and Modernization Department, the Finance Department, the Governmental Affairs and Policies Department, the Human Resources Department, the Procurement Department, and the Information and Technology Department.