First Source Hiring Program Overview

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How can First Source help your business at no cost?

  • Promote jobs to over 1,600 recipients in community
  • Connect with a pool of qualified pre-screened candidates
  • Refer graduates of OEWD-funded industry sector trainings
  • Coordinate recruitment of hiring events
  • Provide access to City-wide recruitment facilities

What is First Source?

The First Source Hiring Program requires that developers, contractors, and employers utilize good faith efforts toward employing economically disadvantaged San Franciscan residents for entry-level positions on applicable projects. The Program provides a ready supply of qualified workers to employers with hiring needs, and it gives economically disadvantaged individuals the first opportunity to apply for entry-level jobs in San Francisco. It was enacted into law in 1998 under Chapter 83 of the City’s Administrative Code, which is administered by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). Entry level positions are defined as those requiring less than two years of training or specific preparation.

Which businesses are required to comply with First Source Hiring?

  • Cannabis related businesses;
  • Businesses who have Leases with the City on City Property;
  • Businesses with City contracts for goods, services, and grants in excess of $50,000;
  • Businesses with City issued public construction contracts in excess of $350,000;
  • Developers with building permit applications for residential projects over 10 units;
  • Any activities related to commercial activity over 25,000 sq. ft.;
  • Special projects administered by the Economic Development Division

I need to comply with First Source and I am a non-construction business. Where do I start?

Note: If you are a construction business, refer to the First Source Requirements for Construction section below.

Step 1: Contact the Business Services Team at the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) by calling them at (415) 701-4848 and ask to speak with a member of the Business Services team, or you can send an email to business.services@sfgov.org.

Step 2: The Business Services Team at OEWD will assist you with registering your business in the San Francisco Jobs Portal (jobsportal.sfgov.org), the database for First Source jobs. 

Step 3: Once you have registered with the San Francisco Jobs Portal, the Business Services team will assist with recruitment for your open positions.

Penalties for Non-Compliance:

Liquidated damages up to $5,000 can be assessed for each entry level job improperly withheld form the First Source Hiring process.

First Source Requirements for Construction

For City issued construction contracts in excess of $350,000, or for private developments that fall within the scope of the Chapter 83 requirements, OEWD’s CityBuild Construction Training program is the operational arm of First Source in working with construction contractors to hire local residents for apprentice positions. 

For construction and related services, please contact us at (415) 701-4848 and ask to speak with one of our CityBuild Compliance Officers.


Forms, Fact Sheets and other Helpful Information

The forms listed below are not all inclusive and may differ slightly depending on specific contracts, leases, and/or other San Francisco related business investments.

First Source Hiring Program – Projection Form for Non-Construction Positions
First Source Hiring Program – Cannabis Positions
PDF iconCannabis Presentation_First Source Overview.pdf
PDF iconFirst Source Hiring Agreement for Cannabis Business.pdf
For more information for Cannabis Businesses, please refer to the San Francisco Office of Cannabis: https://officeofcannabis.sfgov.org/ 

First Source Hiring Program – Construction Positions
First Source Hiring Fact Sheet - Publicly Funded Construction (Revised 10. 2013) (PDF)
First Source Hiring Fact Sheet - Privately Funded Construction (Revised 9. 2013) (PDF)
CityBuild First Source Form 1 - Workforce Projections (Revised 7. 2013) (DOC)