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Relocation Information

San Francisco is a beautiful and vibrant city; rich in cultural diversity, unique communities, and varied opportunities to explore the Bay Area.  This environment provides an incredible opportunity for urban educators to grow both professionally and broaden their personal interests.  

If you are considering relocating to San Francisco to become part of SFUSD, the following information may be useful as you begin exploring opportunities:

Information about San Francisco Neighborhoods

San Francisco consists of many different neighborhoods and it will help to get a sense for what makes each community unique. Explore the neighborhoods of SF external link .

As you explore those neighborhoods, you may also want to see where our schools are located. Learn more about our schools.

Housing Assistance

San Francisco is committed to attracting and retaining the best educators in the nation. There are several programs available to assist you with housing costs if you are considering relocating to San Francisco to teach.

Assistance for Educators Working in High Needs Schools

The Extra Credit Home Purchase Program, offered through the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), provides down payment assistance to credentialed educators teaching at high need schools with below average API and/or a high percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, as well as county continuation schools. Learn more and look up eligible schools external link.

Mayor’s Office of Housing

The Mayor’s Office of Housing administers several first time homebuyer programs available to teachers in San Francisco Unified School District. Depending on long-term financial goals, these programs can help you become a homeowner and build financial security through homeownership. The Mayor’s Office of Housing also funds several agencies that provide counseling to first time homebuyers about all programs available, including those at the Mayor’s Office of Housing. Learn about all of the assistance programs available .

Teacher Next Door

One of these programs offered through the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing is Teacher Next Door (TND). This program provides down-payment assistance loans to credentialed teachers employed by San Francisco Unified School District. The loans are forgivable according to the years of service the teacher remains in the school district. To be eligible for a TND loan, a borrower must be a current credentialed SFUSD teacher and have a combined household income of no more than 200% of the Average Monthly Income of the San Francisco Metropolitan Area. The TND loan is for the purchase of the teacher’s first property in San Francisco. The property must serve as the teacher’s principal residence (be owner occupied). Learn more here .

Extra Credit Home Purchase Program

The Extra Credit Home Purchase Program, offered through the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), is designed to make homeownership a possibility for eligible teachers, administrators, classified employees and staff members working in high priority schools in California. The ECHPP is intended to help high priority schools attract and retain education professionals by offering an incentive in the form of down payment assistance for the purchase of a home anywhere in California. Learn more about the Extra Credit Home Purchase Program .