Displaced Tenant Housing Preference Program (DTHP)

The DTHP program gives a lottery preference that can be used when applying to affordable housing.

What to do

You can claim a DTHP in three ways

  1. Ellis Act or Owner Move-In Eviction

    Your landlord must have filed the eviction with the Rent Board as an Ellis Act or Owner Move In in or after 2010. Contact the Rent Board for confirmation.

    • If you were evicted you must have received either :
      • A Notice of Intent to Withdraw (NOI)
      • An Eviction Notice which:
        • States the reason for termination is to enable owner or relative move-in or
        • References Section 37.9(a)(8) of the Rent Ordinance
    • If you have already moved out, you are still eligible even if your landlord rescinds the eviction. You would not be eligible if you have not moved out and your landlord rescinds the eviction.
    • You don't need to be on the lease to be eligible but you do have to provide documentation that demonstrates you lived in the unit. More information about allowable documents can be found in our Housing Preference and Lottery Procedures Manual under Section 5.4 Documentation.
  2. Displacement Due to Unit Extensively Damaged by Fire

    For those who have experienced a fire in their rent controlled apartment and the damage is so extensive the household cannot return to the apartment within 6 months.

    • Complete the Fire Displacement Verification Form and have it signed by a public safety official. This form is included in the DTHP application.
    • You'll also need to add documents to your application that prove your residency at the address where the fire took place. More information about allowable documents can be found in our Housing Preference and Lottery Procedures Manual under section 5.4 Documentation.
  3. Unaffordable Rent Increase Due to Affordability Restrictions Expiring

    For Below Maret Rate (BMR) tenants who will pay more than 40% of their income in rent because their BMR affordability restrictions have expired.

How to apply for DTHP

1. Download the correct DTHP application

2. Submit you application to MOHCD

  • Submit your application online by uploading to this secure link.
  • If you are unable to submit your application online, you can submit in person or you can mail your application and supporting documents to:
    DTHP Program
    Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
    1 South Van Ness Ave., 5th Floor
    San Francisco, CA  94103

More information

Email:  DTHPcertificate@sfgov.org

Download the  DTHP Frequently Asked Questions (English)

Download the  Lottery Preferences Manual to see full details about the DTHP program

Last updated January 26, 2023