After nearly three years, countless community meetings, multiple public hearings, numerous amendments, one Housing Hero, one name change and two San Francisco Housing Action Coalition executive directors, Home-SF was finally approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors 10-1. Speaking plainly, this is one of the most significant pieces of pro-housing legislation to come through San Francisco City Hall in the last 30 years. To everyone from sponsor Supervisor Katy Tang, to the Planning Department staff, to the pro-housing advocates — Thank you and congratulations!!!
We’ve covered the evolving legislation multiple times, but it’s worth repeating: 30 percent subsidized affordable housing on-site for low- and middle-income San Franciscans, 40 percent family-friendly housing, limited to commercial and transit corridors and, perhaps most importantly, a focus on the outlying neighborhoods that have not done their fair share of home creation over the last three decades. Home-SF is expected to add an additional 5,000 subsidized affordable homes and 16,000 total homes over the next 20 years. These are all additive and would not be possible without this critical legislation. These homes will be available for San Francisco families, teachers and the middle-income workers.
The passing of the legislation is significant and symbolic. It’s a win for those who advocate for housing at all income levels. It’s a win for those who believe the transit corridors in the outlying neighborhoods will benefit from more people, more neighborhood serving retail, and more walkable communities. It’s a win for those who believe supply and demand exist, and think San Francisco’s affordability and displacement crisis requires more home creation than we’ve seen since the downzoning of The City in the 1970s. It also means we’re one step closer (with a lot more steps to go) to achieve the goal of building 5,000 homes every year in San Francisco for the next 20 years. The pro-housing fight will have ups and downs, but today is a day to celebrate. Well done, everyone!
Todd David is executive director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition.