San Francisco voters will decide this November whether to spend $1.5 billion on affordable housing development and related programs during the next three decades.
As city officials say San Francisco has a housing crisis on its hands with skyrocketing rental and home prices forcing many to rethink living in The City, Mayor Ed Lee has come up with a Housing Trust Fund Charter Amendment. Read More
Despite unresolved issues, the politically charged waterfront development at 8 Washington St. moved closer to reality Wednesday and is poised for approval next week. Read More
Corporations might no longer be able to use apartment units like they are hotel rooms.Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced legislation Tuesday that would protect rental housing from short-term corporate uses, otherwise known as “hotelization.”Chiu said the proposal closes a loophole in city law by prohibiting corporations from signing leases with property owners that are longer than 30 days, but then allowing out-of-town employees to stay short-term. Read More
A dispute over a proposed affordable-housing project for youths at risk of homelessness has turned “toxic,” according to one member of the Board of Supervisors, which is scheduled to resolve the land-use battle later this month. Read More
At last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor John Avalos (who is running for mayor) announced he is requesting that the city attorney draft a housing bond measure that would fund “affordable housing development,” “transit-oriented development” and “upgrades to single-family homes including seismic safety retrofits, green energy production and energy efficiency measures, and bringing buildings up to code.” In addition, the bond would provide down-payment assistance for first-time ho Read More
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Monday helped unveil an affordable housing complex for developmentally disabled people in San Francisco's Richmond District.Pelosi and Lee joined San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar and several other dignitaries for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour at the St. Peter's Place/29th Avenue Apartments. Read More
During the past decade, applicants and units entered in the annual condo-conversion lottery have doubled, yet the maximum number of winners has remained the same.According to the Department of Public Works, 366 individuals applied to convert nearly 1,100 units in 2001. In 2011, 681 people applied to convert more than 2,300 units. But under The City’s rules, only 200 conversions were allowed each year. Read More
City officials are creating another way for low- and moderate-income residents to tap government money for down payments of new homes.
Today, city supervisors will consider amendments to the current inclusionary zoning ordinance as proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor David Chiu.
Currently, developers who are building five or more units must make 15 percent of their units affordable for low- and moderate-income households in San Francisco. Read More
Plans to develop the former site of the San Mateo Police Station are moving forward as the city’s planning commission will hold a public hearing Tuesday about the site.
San Mateo hopes to build up to 120 apartment units on the 2.1-acre site, located at 2000 S. Delaware St. Read More
Affluent New York City suburb Westchester County recently agreed to spend more than $50 million to build or acquire 750 affordable housing units in order to help desegregate some of its almost entirely white towns and villages. It only did so because it had been sued.
In February, a federal court determined that Westchester had taken virtually no action to fulfill its promise to use millions of dollars in federal Community Development Block Grant money to further fair housing. Read More