San Francisco Housing Authority declares emergency

The commission overseeing the Housing Authority declared a “health and safety emergency” Monday after city building inspectors previously slapped the troubled agency with violations at four of its properties.

The declaration means outside contractors can be hired to perform some immediate repairs on units. It's not certain if the repairs can be made in time for the authority — which is projected to run out of cash in August — to avoid being fined by The City.

A failure to hire federally mandated maintenance mechanics due to a labor disagreement means the Housing Authority has missed out on millions of dollars of federal funding, and has led to a backlog of 3,840 outstanding repair work orders at the agency's 6,054 properties.

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