Tag Archives: housing

File photo: A kite flies in the sky over Dolores Park.

Developments in Development: Take a Breath

It has been a week full of revelations on the housing front, but before I get into that, let’s take a moment to consider that rents have dipped, again. At least that is what Curbed reports based on an overview of realty sites’ estimates of asking rents at currently vacant apartments. Also, while fur often flies in the world of...
A homeless encampment on Folsom Street between 18th and 19th streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Safe Injection Sites for Drug Users in Shelters Get Health Department Nod

Sites where drug users can safely inject or where alcoholics’ consumption is regulated received a warmer than expected endorsement at a hearing Thursday afternoon about progress toward the city’s six Navigation Centers. While the expansion of navigation centers, like the rest of the city’s budget, is running up against a shortfall the Department of Public Health appears to have warmed...
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Developments in Development: Turmoil Ahead?

San Franciscans, I think, have long had a sense that somehow homelessness here is worse than elsewhere – while theories about why that might be vary, to say the least, there seems to be some proof that the concentration of homeless individuals here is higher than in other cities. Here’s one stat to back that up: Curbed reports that San...
A homeless encampment on Folsom Street between 18th and 19th streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

One Camp Cleared, But Bed Shortage Looms in SF Mission

A homeless encampment around 15th and Treat streets in the Mission District has been partially cleared despite the fact that the city is short on beds in which to place them. The area, which was scheduled to be cleared by today, has been split into two smaller areas to work on piece by piece, said a spokesperson for the city’s...
File photo: The view going up Dolores Street on a cloudy day.

Developments in Development: Shifts and Uncertainty

I must have angered the universe with my last happy-go-lucky, things-are-looking-up column because now there is tension, fear, but most of all uncertainty in the air. By that I do mean the election, but I’m not sure that the election alone is at the center of the unease that seems to have touched the development and real estate world locally....
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

San Francisco’s Homeless Czar Talks Encampment Strategy

Still in its infancy, San Francisco’s five-month-old Department of Homelessness is developing new methods for moving an estimated 800 individuals living in 78 encampments around the city off the streets, according to Jeff Kositsky, who directs the new department that will eventually have some 110 people under his direction.  The department started with Islais Creek south of the Dogpatch in late August,...
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...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Developments in Development: Rays of Light

Yes, rents are still nuts, yes, only the rich can afford to move here…and yet, most of what I’ve seen floating around this week is kinda positive. I don’t mean to diminish the crisis. Bloomberg has a dispatch from another rent comparison study that really brings it home that yes, San Francisco is officially the most expensive city in the...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Battery Explodes, Starts Fire in One Unit in SF Mission

Firefighters quickly controlled a small blaze inside a top floor apartment in a multi-story residential building on Folsom Street near 24th Street Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported and firefighters indicated nobody would be displaced. One firefighter on the scene said the apparent cause was an overheated battery for an electric bicycle, though he did not know how the overheating occurred. A tenant...
The Crown Hotel, center, rises above its two neighboring buildings.

New Housing Units for the Homeless Open on Valencia

San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing announced Wednesday that 244 new permanent supportive housing units will come online over the next three months – 50 of them in the Mission District. Valencia Street’s Crown Hotel, where units came online October 27 and prospective tenants are currently viewing its apartments, is one of three hotels now becoming available to...
Aaron Peskin in a still from "Company Town" by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman.

Film Review: Mission and Chinatown Struggles Most Compelling in “Company Town”

Progressive politicos, activists, and other movie-goers descended on the Roxie Theater on Friday night for what has become a San Francisco tradition in recent years: lamenting tech’s influence on the city, particularly its financial takeover of local politics. Supervisors David Campos and Aaron Peskin, State Senator Mark Leno, author and journalist David Talbot, and various aides, journalists, and local activists...
Doorways. (Armand Emamdjomeh)

Developments in Development: Where to Go?

Voters seem to have a bit of a love-hate relationship with tech – at least that’s what Curbed has found when comparing a recent survey of voters (commissioned by the pro-development Rise SF) that found most blame both the tech industry and the city for housing costs, and a 2015 survey (commissioned by a mayoral aide) that found most voters...
Kimberley Walley, displaced from the Graywood hotel at 3308 Mission St. by a five-alarm fire, stands in front of the 16th and Shotwell street tent encampment where she most recently lived. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Two Fire Victims End Months of Homelessness, But a Third Remains Unhoused

Since a five-alarm fire in June displaced Kimberly Walley and her husband, Henry Texada, from the single room occupancy hotel where they had been living for some five years, the couple had fallen on hard times, seemingly unplaceable by officials who had promised to find homes for all of those displaced in the fire. But on Thursday, Walley stood in...
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Developments in Development: Short Term

Fur is flying nationwide as cities around the country figure out how to deal with the housing arm of the sharing economy – short term rentals, a.k.a. Airbnb. Locally, District 9 Supervisor David Campos has joined lawmakers around the country in signing a letter, Elizabeth-Warren-style, to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to study to what extent Airbnb and other...
Causa Justa advocate Diana Flores speaks at an anti eviction protest. Photo by Jen Cohen

Families Lose Home and Dog in SF Mission Eviction

Two families are temporarily homeless after sheriff’s deputies enforced an eviction from their Folsom Street home of 13 years on Wednesday. Advocates from Causa Justa, who have been working closely with the Maldonado and Martinez families since they discovered they would be evicted from their shared apartment at 2899 Folsom St., told their story at a demonstration in front of landlord...