By replacing the political appointees on the Housing Authority board of commissioners with city employees, Mayor Ed Lee is taking a bold step toward reforming San Francisco’s long-suffering public housing while asserting more control over the troubled quasi-federal agency. Read More
Community advocates in Hunters Point are crying foul over paternalistic new rules that public housing tenants must live by if they want to move into the new units replacing the Hunters View housing complex. Read More
The head of the Mayor’s Office of Housing is seeking a job with a nonprofit developer for which he’s approved several city contracts in recent months. After five years with the Mayor’s Office, Doug Shoemaker could be working as president of the well-known affordable housing nonprofit Mercy Housing California sometime this summer if the Ethics Commission gives him permission at its meeting on Monday. Read More
It was 2007 when then-Mayor Gavin Newsom launched the ambitious Hope SF initiative, making a promise to the residents in eight of San Francisco’s most-dilapidated public housing projects that help was arriving. The unlivable conditions arising from years of underfunding and deferred maintenance would be addressed with the old buildings being torn down and new mixed-economy community would be built. Read More
When Mayor Gavin Newsom started the Hope SF initiative in 2007, the goal was to transform eight of San Francisco’s grimiest public housing sites into vibrant, thriving communities with residents from all income levels.
Those were the best of times. Read More
Construction could start as early as next month on new homes in Hunters View for San Francisco’s public housing residents as city officials sign off on critical financing needed to pay for the first phase of the project.
Last week, Mayor Gavin Newsom introduced legislation that would allow The City to appropriate $32.5 million through a financing mechanism similar to a bond. That money will help pay for the first two phases of redevelopment. Read More
The most radical element of a massive public housing reconstruction effort slated to start this year will be dumped due to the real estate slump.
Under Hope SF — a city-led program that will draw on federal, state and local funds — market rate homes will be part of rebuilt public housing projects. Those homes will be sold and rented to help pay for reconstructing public housing units. Read More