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Housing report for San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Affordable Housing Report:
Q1 2023

Last updated on Apr 1, 2023
Housing overview of San Francisco, CA
4,709,220
population in San Francisco, CA
2,544,169
workers in San Francisco, CA
2,039,425
housing units needed
San Francisco's burgeoning population and dynamic economy have created a significant demand for workforce housing. In this market report, we analyze the current state of the city's housing market, emphasizing the growing need for affordable and immediate housing.

San Francisco has a housing gap of 228,903 units; new construction is a drop in the bucket

  • Population:Across metro San Francisco the population has risen to 4,709,220.
  • Workforce:San Francisco's workforce has grown to 2,544,169, indicating strong economic growth and increasing demand for housing.
  • Housing Unit Demand:To accommodate the population and workforce, San Francisco requires 2,039,425 housing units.
  • Current Housing Stock:The metro area currently offers 1,810,522 housing units, resulting in a deficit of 228,903 homes.

San Francisco workers would need to earn an extra 34.73% to afford the median rental

  • Median Rental Price:The median rent for an apartment in San Francisco is $2,074, highlighting increasing rental prices.
  • Income Needed to Afford a Rental:A tenant needs to make at least $74,664 and pay $4,148 upfront to move-in (first month’s rent and security deposit). Typically, to qualify for a home, a landlord requires 3x rent in income, in addition to credit score minimums and eviction checks. Finally, most apartments charge an application fee.
  • Median Income in San Francisco:The city's median income is $48,731, demonstrating a significant affordability gap.
  • Affordability Gap:The affordability gap in San Francisco stands at $25,933. This means that workers need to earn 34.73% more to qualify and afford the median rental in the greater San Francisco area.

Expanding affordable workforce housing in San Francisco

So how do we house the growing population of healthcare workers, drivers, technicians, and care workers that make up San Francisco’s workforce?
Solution 1: Build more housing
Despite the evident need for housing, only 247 permits have been issued so far in 2023, indicating a slow response from the market to address this demand. This shortage has led to increased rental prices
Solution 2: Relocate workers farther outside of the city
We believe workers in our community deserve to live in our community. While some may desire to relocate further their place of work, this is not a viable solution for all workers.
Solution 3: Do more with existing housing
We can do more with our existing housing to meet the needs of the metro-area population. There are exciting developments to address housing shortages and affordability challenges by increasing housing density. Some examples include converting single-family into multi-family homes, commercial to residential conversions, housing ADUs, co-living, and shared housing. At PadSplit, we are growing the country’s leading shared housing marketplace.
Sources: Census, Bureau of Labor & Statistics, ApartmentList, PadSplit
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Shared Housing is a fast, cost-effective way to scale affordable housing for the workforce

PadSplit was founded five years ago and has grown to become the country’s largest shared housing marketplace. Real estate investors, homeowners, and community partners work with PadSplit to provide affordable, dignified housing to workers.
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