Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

The view from Cesar Chavez Street of 1296 Shotwell St. Design by Herman Coliver Locus.

Senior Housing on Shotwell Brings Foes Together

It was a rare moment of accord at City Hall on Thursday, as activists frequently on opposite sides of San Francisco’s housing wars buried their hatchets to jointly support a Mission District affordable housing project contested by its neighbors. The project went before the Planning Commission to seek a height bonus, which would allow it to go to 85 feet in...
The proposed development at 1515 South Van Nes Ave. Design by BDE Architecture.

In Stunner, City Strikes Down Major Mission Project

In a surprise reversal of its previous decisions, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to delay a major, 157-unit Mission District housing project on South Van Ness Avenue near 26th Street. Supervisor David Campos said he changed his mind at the last-minute and moved to support the appeal and delay the project after hearing “hateful and divisive” comments during the...
Construction has started on the new park at Folsom and 17th streets. The 100 percent affordable housing development at 2060 Folsom Street will be built next door. Photo by Sonner Kehrt

Designing Affordable Housing in SF’s Mission District

In the small, bright patch of sunlight that filters down between the buildings, a woman in a pink shirt pauses to admire a mural. It’s bold, with brightly colored shapes that are accentuated by the nearby flowers and another colorful painting on an opposite wall. In the small alleyway between the two pieces of artwork, a small group plays guitar...
The initial concept for the 157-unit development at 1950 Mission St. Design by David Baker Architects.

Mission Residents and Others Will Be Favored for Housing

Residents from the Mission District and other areas heavily impacted by gentrification will get preferential access to some of San Francisco’s affordable housing stock, a federal agency has decided. The Department of Housing and Urban Development decided on Wednesday that it would allow for an “anti-displacement” preference in the Willie B. Kennedy complex, a 98-unit senior housing complex recently completed in the Western...
The empty lot at 1990 Folsom St., where the Mission Economic Development Agency hopes to build 140 units of affordable housing. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Mission Affordable Housing Funds Almost All Spent

Almost all of the money San Francisco dedicated to building new affordable housing in the Mission District has been allocated to a single project that will cost some $300,000 per unit in city funds. Of the $50 million that San Francisco voters gave to the Mission District in November 2015 when voters approved Proposition A — a $310 million housing...
A housing project is proposed for 3314 Cesar Chavez St. – the space currently houses a warehouse. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Six Story Housing Project Coming to Cesar Chavez

A planned market-rate housing development coming to Cesar Chavez Street faced concerns from neighbors that the 65-foot building would block sunlight and impede privacy. “It’s the tallest thing around,” said Kim Basset, a neighbor who lives across from the development at 3314 Cesar Chavez St. near South Van Ness Avenue. Not true, said Drake Gardner, the project sponsor. Gardner pointed...
A rendition of the market-rate building at 2000 Bryant St. Courtesy of Nick Podell.

Second City Panel Approves Bryant Street Project

A second city body unanimously approved one of the largest housing complexes planned for the Mission District on Wednesday, paving the way for its construction in the next few years. The 330-unit project at 2000–2070 Bryant St. between 18th and 19th streets was passed by the Board of Appeals Wednesday evening after two hours of testimony. That came just a...
Supervisor Aaron Peskin speaking at the Proposition C press conference at Mission and 22nd streets on September 8, 2016. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

City Officials Push to Free $261 Million for Housing

A new measure on the ballot in November could free up a quarter billion dollars for the city to purchase and renovate small buildings in San Francisco. The measure, Proposition C, would need to win by a two-thirds majority. If approved, the initiative would be the first since the $310 million bond passed in November 2015 to free up city...
Back Stairs. Photo by Kathleen Narruhn

Developments in Development: Reverse

With two anti-displacement measures now facing high-level pushback, the San Francisco Supervisors must feel positively Sisyphean. London Breed is in the nation’s capital trying to resuscitate a neighborhood preference law that would reserve 40 percent of new affordable units for those who live nearby. The federal Housing and Urban Development folks feel that would lead to segregation; Breed and others say...
Photo courtesy of Deborah Schneider

Supervisor’s Forum Considers Housing and Transportation

As officials confront the affordable housing crisis in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, policymakers are also looking at ways to strengthen public transportation. If low and middle-income workers can’t live in the city, they at least need a reliable way to get there, they argued Tuesday night at a forum hosted by San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim at...
"Iliad" by David Maxim

Developments in Development: Arguments

Is it just me, or is the fur flying this week in the discussion of how to fix this housing mess? Everyone wants housing costs to come down, but there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground developing over how to do it. Instead, warring policies are being worked through the bureaucratic wringer and stacked up in the media. Take...
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Cries of ‘Racism’ at Mission District Housing Meeting

An open house for a new housing development at 1515 South Van Ness Avenue quickly turned raucous on Thursday night, as activists repeatedly called for the site to be turned into affordable housing and claimed the developer was ignoring the Latino community. “Racism! Racism! Racism!” shouted Jordan Gwendolyn Davis, a transgender advocate, after a neighbor of the project spoke in...
Karen and her two daughters at the Mission shelter for families. Photo by Laura Wenus

Homeless Families, Often Invisible, Take Shelter in SF Mission

Some of the city’s least visible but hardest hit homeless people take refuge at an inconspicuous shelter in the Mission District, where roughly 10 of the city’s thousands of homeless families can stay for several months at a time. “Here, they treat you like family,” said one mother, Karen, who has stayed at the shelter since March. Karen was forced...
Mock-up of the 6-10 story building at 1979 Mission St., as see from the corner of 16th and Mission.

Major Housing Project at 16th St. BART Restarts

The 16th Street Bart Plaza where Spanish-speaking preachers blare sermons from portable amps and plaza regulars spend their days on benches in front of Burger King and Walgreens may soon transform into a square of glass towers, market-rate apartments, and an expanded marketplace — if a recently-resurrected housing project can defeat community opposition. If it’s approved, the 10-story, 380-unit project...
File photo: A woman does 'jazz hands' in a silent cheer as Tommi Avicolli Mecca addresses the Planning Commission

Developments in Development: Unplan

Watch out, planning process – big State Government is coming for you. Jerry Brown has proposed legislation that would make developments with certain percentages of below market rate housing approved “by right” – as in, no months of public meetings, no hours long planning commission hearing, no years long process. Projects would still have to respect zoning and density restrictions, but...