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
Henry Alvarez is going on medical leave starting today, the first step toward the embattled Housing Authority director’s exit.
Alvarez’s leave until March 29 was approved by Housing Authority Commission officials in a closed session Friday, according to Rose Dennis, an agency spokeswoman. Barbara Smith, a “20-something- odd-year” veteran of the department who most recently served as the authority’s modernization administrator, will step into Alvarez’s role, Dennis said. Read More
San Francisco’s experience with traditional public housing might be coming to an end, replaced by a privately funded model that other cities could follow. Read More
Leaky doors and nonfunctional heaters greeted some incoming tenants at a public housing project rebuilt under an ambitious citywide program, but the company responsible promised that such “hiccups” will be immediately fixed.
“There’s no heat, unless they fixed it today,” said Tessie Ester, a Hunters Point resident since 1959, vice president of the Hunters View tenants’ association and frequent critic of The John Stewart Co. Read More
The charismatic and outspoken London Breed, 38, is bringing passion and a breadth of experience from a tough childhood in the Western Addition to City Hall, where she wants to connect residents to meaningful jobs at flashy tech companies and reform public housing policies.
In November, Breed decisively won the District 5 race and will represent the Fillmore and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods on the Board of Supervisors when she is sworn in to office Jan. 8. Read More
The government commission overseeing public housing in San Francisco could soon face increased accountability.
As public-housing projects undergo renovation, tenants complain about living conditions, and finer points of operating The City’s 6,000 units of low-income public housing are debated, the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission escapes the public scrutiny experienced by other city commissions because its meetings are held outside of City Hall and aren’t broadcast live. 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
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 long-awaited plan to rebuild one of San Francisco’s most distressed public housing projects could be financially derailed if supervisors kill a proposal for the massive redevelopment of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Read More
Public housing in this country is rapidly becoming endangered, and with it, the lives of low-income people. Public housing provides a safety net for the working poor and those on a fixed income, which is critical in today’s housing market considering that as of 2008, there was no county in the U.S. where an individual working 40 hours a week at minimum wage could afford a one-bedroom apartment at fair market rent. Read More