San Francisco and Marin

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Affordable Housing

The YWCA Apartment building was designed by noted female architect, Julia Morgan. The renovated building has been designated a San Francisco Historical landmark and a National Monument of Nob Hill.

The YWCA Apartments is a HUD ( Section 202/8) subsidized housing facility for low income elderly, 62 years of age and older, and people with disabilities. The building consists of 97 units: 73 studio units and 24 one-bedroom units. Each unit has its own electric kitchen and bathroom and is equipped with 2 emergency pull cords that are linked to the front office. The apartments are unfurnished.

The rent for the apartment is 30% of the household income. Rent includes the cost of heating, water and trash disposal, but does not include telephone, cable or electricity. For the convenience of our tenants, laundry facilities are available. As a safety feature, access to the apartments is limited and staff is on site 24 hours a day to respond to all medical and other emergencies. The staff cannot administer medical aid, but can assist the resident in contacting family or calling for emergency aid.

At the time of admission, tenants must be capable of independent living (independent person means that he/she can meet all their needs and can fulfill the term of the lease agreement.) The YWCA Apartments has no housekeeping or nursing staff. 


When an apartment is available and the applicant has been interviewed and accepted, arrangements will be made regarding a move-in date and rental fee. A refundable security deposit is required of all tenants. There are currently no vacancies and the waiting list is closed. 

If you submitted a pre-application during our September 2016 window for mailed submisisons, you will be contacted via mail by the end of November if you were selected from the waitlist lottery. The full list of lottery winners for studio and one bedroom waiting lists can be found at the bottom of the page.

Rental Space in the YWCA Apartments

The YWCA Apartments has rental space available in our recently redecorated building. Rental spaces offer panoramic views of San Francisco and are available for:

  • Receptions
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Meetings

The rental rate varies according to the space requirements. For information on renting space in the building, call 415-397-6886.