affordable housing

The Recreation and Park Commission’s capital committee will discuss the purchase of a half-acre site at Minna and Natoma streets, pictured, in the western South of Market area. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF looks to buy South of Market half-acre site for $10M for new park

Amid an ongoing housing crisis and soaring real estate costs, San Francisco…

The Recreation and Park Commission’s capital committee will discuss the purchase of a half-acre site at Minna and Natoma streets, pictured, in the western South of Market area. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A tax on technology companies that could go before San Francisco voters in November is expected to generate $120 million annually. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

Business leaders call proposed SF tech tax political, counterproductive

The technology sector Tuesday blasted a proposed tax on tech companies as…

A tax on technology companies that could go before San Francisco voters in November is expected to generate $120 million annually. (S.F. Examiner file photo)
Ashante Jones talks with an SFPD officer outside his tent space while San Francisco Department of Public Works and San Francisco Police sweep the homeless encampment along Division Street in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (Jessica Christian/ S.F. Examiner)

Dueling SF ballot measures emerge over homeless tent encampments

San Francisco voters may see dueling homeless tent encampment measures on the…

Ashante Jones talks with an SFPD officer outside his tent space while San Francisco Department of Public Works and San Francisco Police sweep the homeless encampment along Division Street in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (Jessica Christian/ S.F. Examiner)
Tenderloin Family Housing on Turk Street has welcomed back more than 500 residents after a year’s worth of building renovations.( Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner )

Tenderloin Family Housing reopens after $9M makeover

Sheltered from busy Turk Street, kids tore through the lobby of 201…

Tenderloin Family Housing on Turk Street has welcomed back more than 500 residents after a year’s worth of building renovations.( Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner )

Prop. C approval enables legislators to set affordable housing requirements

City legislators once again have the power to adjust affordable housing requirements…

Proposition C would give the Board of Supervisors — rather than voters — the power to increase the number of affordable housing units in new developments. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Prop. C would let city legislators determine affordable housing requirements in new developments

San Francisco voters will decide in June whether city legislators — rather…

Proposition C would give the Board of Supervisors — rather than voters — the power to increase the number of affordable housing units in new developments. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)
Rendering of 2000 Bryant St. (Courtesy BDE Architecture)

Ideological purity or affordable housing on Bryant Street?

An important housing proposal in the Mission District is seeking its permit…

Rendering of 2000 Bryant St. (Courtesy BDE Architecture)
San Francisco opened its first Navigation Center, seen above, in the Mission in March 2015. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Effort to open more Navigation Centers advances toward approval

San Francisco is poised to create six new Navigation Centers that help…

San Francisco opened its first Navigation Center, seen above, in the Mission in March 2015. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco built fewer new homes in 2015 than in 2014. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

SF approves affordable housing development boost

San Francisco approved a change Tuesday to policy that will boost affordable…

San Francisco built fewer new homes in 2015 than in 2014. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisors David Campos, left, and Aaron Peskin announce new legislation that would further regulate short-term rentals in San Francisco during a news conference on Monday at City Hall. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

SF pushing changes to affordable housing requirements, short-term rental rules

Ushering in a new era of housing policy, San Francisco has proposed…

Supervisors David Campos, left, and Aaron Peskin announce new legislation that would further regulate short-term rentals in San Francisco during a news conference on Monday at City Hall. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
(Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner file photo)

SF strives to eliminate hunger by 2020

San Francisco must spend more than $13 million in the next fiscal…

(Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner file photo)
A city report says San Francisco's current system for caring for the homeless needs to adapt to the needs of older homeless people. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)

Report: SF needs to adapt services for an aging homeless population

San Francisco’s existing system of care for homeless residents was never designed…

A city report says San Francisco's current system for caring for the homeless needs to adapt to the needs of older homeless people. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner)
The Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the latest Housing Balance Report on Thursday, April 7, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Latest housing balance report shows SF still losing affordable homes

San Francisco has gained or approved for construction more than 10,000 affordable…

The Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the latest Housing Balance Report on Thursday, April 7, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

The ‘affordable housing balance’ just keeps getting worse

The third “Housing Balance Report” from the City Planning Department was quietly…

Some residential projects underway in SoMa and in the Mission may be subject to new affordable housing requirements, prompting some housing advocates to cry foul, saying the new rules could hinder construction. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

New affordable housing rules head to Planning Commission

Should residential projects already planned in the Mission and South of Market…

Some residential projects underway in SoMa and in the Mission may be subject to new affordable housing requirements, prompting some housing advocates to cry foul, saying the new rules could hinder construction. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
An Academy of Art University graphic design student Shantih Cannon, 18, smokes a cigarette in front of his school on New Montgomery Street, Monday, February 29, 2016. “I feel like going to be a backlash, lot of people of my age will be upset,” Cannon said. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco raises tobacco purchase age to 21; voters to decide affordable housing requirements

San Francisco became the first major California city Tuesday to raise the…

An Academy of Art University graphic design student Shantih Cannon, 18, smokes a cigarette in front of his school on New Montgomery Street, Monday, February 29, 2016. “I feel like going to be a backlash, lot of people of my age will be upset,” Cannon said. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Jane Kim speaks Tuesday during a news conference about placing a charter amendment on the June ballot to increase below-market-rate housing requirements. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco at crossroads over affordable housing requirements

The future of San Francisco’s below-market-rate housing development hangs in the balance…

Supervisor Jane Kim speaks Tuesday during a news conference about placing a charter amendment on the June ballot to increase below-market-rate housing requirements. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Developer Oz Erickson may have gaffed when he referred to housing activists as Nazis, as he is currently finding out. (Courtesy SF Weekly)

Nazi comment backfires for S.F. developer

Once a political gaffe leaps into the public, it’s tough to stuff…

Developer Oz Erickson may have gaffed when he referred to housing activists as Nazis, as he is currently finding out. (Courtesy SF Weekly)

Strange path to density bonuses

San Francisco, known for its varied neighborhoods, has seen them convulsed recently…

A change to The City’s Affordable Housing Bonus Program aims to incentivize more below-market-rate housing built in exchange for allowing taller or denser buildings. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner0

Latest version of Affordable Housing Bonus Program exempts projects that demolish any housing

City planners have further amended elements of a proposed program that aims…

A change to The City’s Affordable Housing Bonus Program aims to incentivize more below-market-rate housing built in exchange for allowing taller or denser buildings. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner0