The city of San Antonio launched Housing Base, a new website platform that local officials said is designed to connect renters with affordable rental units citywide.

According to the city officials, Housing Base went live at 8 a.m. April 10 and allows renters to create a profile to filter housing options based on their needs.

City officials said social workers will be able to do multiple searches to determine the best affordable housing options for their clients.

“Housing Base's innovative platform will be a valuable resource for the community and a significant step forward in addressing the affordable housing challenges in our city,” Mayor Ron Nirenberg said in a statement.

Veronica Garcia, the director of the San Antonio Neighborhood and Housing Services Department, said Housing Base is part of the city of San Antonio’s longer-term strategy to help people seeking affordable housing options by using property features and amenities such as nearby public transit, grocery stores, health clinics, public parks, community centers and other basic social services.

Residents can also find properties that accept Housing Choice Vouchers or have screening criteria that are flexible for people with previous evictions or certain criminal records, Garcia said.

“Housing Base empowers residents to search for housing based on the unique needs of a family beyond price and location. Having options allows a family to keep positive momentum as they make one of the most important decisions—where to call home,” Garcia said in a statement.

According to local officials, Housing Base’s development team worked with the neighborhood and housing services department as well as community stakeholders to create a platform that would positively affect people seeking local affordable housing.

“Together, we can help bridge the gap between low-income families and the affordable housing options they need, making it easier for them to find a safe, stable place to call home and contributing to the city's vision of creating stable, healthy neighborhoods,” Housing Base's CEO Juan Cano said in a statement.