Today, Mayor Ed Lee signed a balanced budget for the next two years, boosting funding to ongoing areas of concern citywide – and issues that may resonate particularly in the Mission like affordable housing, eviction prevention and Muni service.
The $8.6-billion-a-year budget includes provisions for:
– $50 million to expedite affordable housing projects (by supporting new projects, rebuilding existing public housing and funding “eviction prevention”).
– $24.7 million allotted specifically for eviction prevention services.
– More than $20 million for San Francisco’s Human Services Agency, which offers eviction prevention services as well as food assistance, job training and services for seniors and adults with disabilities.
– $83 million to repair streets on 1,700 city blocks, in an effort to prevent damage to both city drivers and public transit vehicles.
– The city will hire 300 new police officers, 96 firefighters and 30 paramedics.
– More than $290 million will go to the Children’s Fund and Public Education Enrichment Fund; nearly $56 million of which is earmarked for Preschool for All, an early-education program expected to reach 4,100 qualified children.
– And to address Muni delays and overcrowding, services will increase by 10 percent over the next two years.
Expect more details about the city’s 2015-2016 financial plan in our future coverage, including insight into the “eviction prevention” services cited in the newly approved budget.