The Openhouse Community at 55 Laguna
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender-Friendly Housing

55 Laguna, San Francisco’s first affordable, LGBT-welcoming housing, will open its doors to residents in Fall 2016. Openhouse is partnering with Mercy Housing to create a community at 55 Laguna where the lives, history, and relationships of LGBT residents and all residents are affirmed and celebrated. From our new on-site service center at 55 Laguna, Openhouse will provide support for San Francisco’s community of LGBT seniors, and will offer resources, services, and community building activities to help all residents live healthy and independent lives.

Look for applications in May 2016. To receive updates on the applications process, please join our interest list. You can join by visiting or by calling 415-530-2783.

Features and Amenities
The features and amenities of 55 Laguna include:

  • Senior community (At least one household resident must be 55 or older)
  • 39 affordable studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom homes (with an additional 79 units opening up next door at 95 Laguna in 2018)
  • 8 of 39 units dedicated to chronically homeless elders living with HIV
  • Non-smoking building
  • Community room with kitchen, lounge, on-site laundry facilities, landscaped courtyard and terrace on second level
  • Professional on-site management by Mercy Housing Management Group
  • Located steps from Waller Park
  • Close proximity to Muni F, 6, and 71 bus lines
  • Pet-friendly

Openhouse services include:

  • Resident Services Coordinator
  • Case management
  • Information and assistance services
  • Health and wellness support
  • Community activities
  • Support groups
  • Life enrichment classes

You may qualify for the Openhouse Community at 55 Laguna if you meet the following requirements:

Household Size*
Unit Size         Minimum      Maximum
Studio                         1                           2
1 Bedroom                 1                           3
2 Bedroom                2                           5

MAXIMUM Household Annual Income Range*
1 person(s)                              $28,550-$35,700
2 person(s)                              $32,600-$40,750
3 person(s)                              $36,700-$45,850
4 person(s)                              $40,050-$50,950
5 person(s)                              $44,000-$55,050

Income and rent limits range from 40%, 45%, and 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Maximum income levels are gross before taxes and deductions. Maximum allowable income will not exceed 50% of SF MOHCD. For more information on AMI, please click here.

Please note that these units are NOT subsidized and residents will be expected to pay the full rent. Section 8, HOPWA, or other rental assistance are welcome! Please note: Minimum household income must be at least two times the rent. Income will be reviewed during interview. We strongly encourage you to apply.

Unit Size         Rent                Minimum Monthly Income
Studio              $821-$893                   $1,786
1 Bedroom      $879-$1,019                    $2,038
2 Bedroom      $1,055-$$1,146               $2,292

*Eligibility Criteria Include:

  • At least one household member on the lease must be 55 years of age or older.
  • Mercy Housing will consider for tenancy qualified applicants with arrest or conviction record in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. Maximum income levels are gross before taxes and deductions according to 50% of AMI for SF MOHCD.
  • Rents and income guidelines are subject to change per regulatory schedule for 2016 and annual recertification. Other restrictions may apply.

    **Certificate of Preference holders are primarily households displaced by Agency action in Redevelopment Project Areas during the 1960’s and 1970’s, but may also include other persons displaced by Agency action. For further information or confirmation, please call Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development Certificate Hotline: 415-701-5613.
    ***Displaced Tenant shall mean any tenant residing in San Francisco who on or after January 1, 2012 have received a notice that his or her landlord plans to withdraw the tenant’s unit from the rental market pursuant to the Ellis Act, in accordance with the provisions of the Rent Ordinance No. 232-08. This preference shall apply to 20% of all units after Certificate of Preference holders.
    ****Neighborhood Preference will apply to 40% of all units after Certificate of Preference and Displaced Tenants.