affordable housing

Changing zoning in San Francisco neighborhoods where single family homes prevail is crucial in the effort to achieve equity. (Shutterstock)

To make SF livable, single-family zoning must be changed

Let’s move to create affordable housing for working class families

 

The California Legislature is moving to increase housing density in urban centers, such as BART’s Rockridge Station in Oakland, where zoning traditionally has been for single-family homes. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)

Lawmakers pave the way for more housing in California

‘Gentle density increase’ respects character of neighborhoods

  • Aug 26, 2021

 

From left, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, pictured at a Mayors Summit in San Francisco in 2018, continue to work to improve accessibilty to housing in the Bay Area. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)

Bay Area mayors, advocates urge Congress to invest in housing

By Tran Nguyen San Jose Spotlight Local lawmakers and housing advocates are…

  • Aug 12, 2021

 

A company called Boxabl manufactures modular homes that can be towed on a pickup truck. (Courtesy Boxabl/PRNewsfoto)

Is the future a home that unfolds?

Prefab units may be part of a solution to the affordable housing crisis

A company called Boxabl manufactures modular homes that can be towed on a pickup truck. (Courtesy Boxabl/PRNewsfoto)
Cities are under pressure to expand home construction in neighborhoods. (CalMatters)

Cities hold the key to building more housing, Newsom advisor says.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has repeatedly made housing affordability a top priority of…

  • May 27, 2021
Cities are under pressure to expand home construction in neighborhoods. (CalMatters)
A permanent supportive housing apartment building in the works in the South of Market Area is an example of the kind of project that should be developed with new city funding. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Good news for recovery: $68 million for affordable housing

Budget surplus offers money that can be allocated to acquire hundreds of units

A permanent supportive housing apartment building in the works in the South of Market Area is an example of the kind of project that should be developed with new city funding. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos – pictured testifying via video at a congressional 
hearing in July 2020 – recently announced a program in which Amazon is seeding $2 billion in funding for affordable housing.<ins></ins>

Amazon may not be all evil

Online giant is helping funding affordable housing in three cities

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos – pictured testifying via video at a congressional 
hearing in July 2020 – recently announced a program in which Amazon is seeding $2 billion in funding for affordable housing.<ins></ins>
A regional proposal calling for people to work from home could have negative effect on downtown San Francisco and San Jose, according mayors of those cities. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Mayor London Breed: We ‘cannot support’ MTC telecommute mandate

Proposal to require more employees to work from home could harm downtown and low-wage workers

A regional proposal calling for people to work from home could have negative effect on downtown San Francisco and San Jose, according mayors of those cities. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Getting a permit to develop a project in San Francisco is difficult, requiring many steps. (Courtesy photo)

Here’s how to combat San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis

The San Francisco Planning Department is under pressure from all sides to…

Getting a permit to develop a project in San Francisco is difficult, requiring many steps. (Courtesy photo)
Construction cranes are seen over downtown San Francisco, Calif. Thursday, March 31, 2016. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)

With last-minute tweaks, SF approves new below-market-rate housing mandates for developers

San Francisco continued to hash out details Tuesday of a proposed law…

Construction cranes are seen over downtown San Francisco, Calif. Thursday, March 31, 2016. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Hundreds of protesters gather at San Francisco's City Hall asking lawmakers for a moratorium on evictions and luxury-priced housing development in the Mission District. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

SF planning director calls gentrification ‘undeniable, and of serious concern’

The head of the Planning Department acknowledged in a letter Friday the…

Hundreds of protesters gather at San Francisco's City Hall asking lawmakers for a moratorium on evictions and luxury-priced housing development in the Mission District. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)
A neighborhood in Palo Alto (Photo courtesy Shutterstock)

Affordable housing projects in South Bay awarded $20M from Facebook in new partnership

Facebook is partnering with the cities of East Palo Alto and Menlo…

A neighborhood in Palo Alto (Photo courtesy Shutterstock)
Supervisor Aaron Peskin is facing a lone challenger, Tim Donnelly, for his District 3 seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Peskin faces one challenger in quest for four-year term as supervisor

After defeating Mayor Ed Lee’s appointee to the Board of Supervisors last…

Supervisor Aaron Peskin is facing a lone challenger, Tim Donnelly, for his District 3 seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Housing units are under construction in Mission Bay. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF’s inclusionary housing rates look for ‘sweet spot’

San Francisco needs more affordable housing, but how much should be mandated…

Housing units are under construction in Mission Bay. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Affordable housing development announced in Excelsior District

Mayor Ed Lee on Monday morning announced a new housing development in…

San Francisco City Hall. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Google bus issue reappears as ‘dark money’ from tech floods into supervisor races

Tech and real estate leaders are spending big on two supervisor races…

San Francisco City Hall. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)
California Senate candidates Scott Wiener, right, and Jane Kim answer questions during a debate at University of San Francisco, which was moderated by James Taylor, left, a professor and chair of the African American Studies Department at USF, on Monday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Final state Senate campaign push on display

The rollicking, at times humorous and other times downright mean, race for…

California Senate candidates Scott Wiener, right, and Jane Kim answer questions during a debate at University of San Francisco, which was moderated by James Taylor, left, a professor and chair of the African American Studies Department at USF, on Monday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
With four-housing related measures on the November ballot, San Francisco voters hold the future of The City's development in their hands. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Measures on November ballot seek solutions to SF’s housing crisis

San Francisco voters will again see a strong presence of housing-related measures…

With four-housing related measures on the November ballot, San Francisco voters hold the future of The City's development in their hands. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
The highest concentration of single room occupancy hotels in The City are in South of Market and the Tenderloin, above. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

City officials seek cure for health disparities in SROs

For years, the health of San Francisco residents has deteriorated by conditions…

The highest concentration of single room occupancy hotels in The City are in South of Market and the Tenderloin, above. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Oyundari Chultemdagva, a resident of the housing complex at 280 Beale St., attends a groundbreaking ceremony at the Transbay Block 7 site on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mayor, city leaders welcome residents home at new affordable housing project

San Francisco resident Oyundari Chultemdagva was pregnant with her son when she…

Oyundari Chultemdagva, a resident of the housing complex at 280 Beale St., attends a groundbreaking ceremony at the Transbay Block 7 site on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. (Dan Chambers/Special to S.F. Examiner)