As stated in a seven point housing plan and reiterated in the upcoming Proposition K, Mayor Ed Lee’s housing goal for San Francisco include adding (or rehabilitating) 30,000 new units by 2020. Of those, 33 percent, or 10,000, are supposed to be affordable to low and moderate-income households.
To reach these goals, the city would need to build roughly 5,000 units of new affordable housing in the next six years—in addition to rehabilitating its stock of 4,575 units of public housing.
So far, San Francisco isn’t doing a great job of meeting its affordable housing targets, according to Civil Grand Jury Report that came out this summer.
How’s the affordable housing outlook in the Mission? On a slow burn. Since 2008, the Mission’s gotten 697 units of new housing, according to data compiled from the Planning Department. Only 95, or 14 percent, were below market rate ones.
The Mission could have as many as 1,700 new units built by 2020 to satisfy the need, according to the Mission Area Plan adopted in 2008 as part of the city’s General Plan. For a neighborhood with a high population of low and moderate income households, at least a third of that new housing should be affordable, according to the General Plan.
So, the Mission’s got a way to go to meet need. Meanwhile, lots of developers are planning projects in the Mission. By our count, there’s over 1,900 proposed new units in various stages of development—some from projects with just preliminary plans, some are under construction now. Of those, only about 15 percent—not 33 percent as prescribed by the General Plan—are likely to be below market rate units.
This page attempts to illuminate what housing projects are in store for the Mission and what’s been built so far.
Scroll down to see history of development projects in the Mission over the past 15 years, the balance of proposed affordable projects vs. market rate ones in the development pipeline, and the status of projects working their way through the Planning Department right now. We’ve also published a spreadsheet with the projects currently in the pipeline and proposed for the Mission.
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Since 2000, developers have proposed at least 54 projects in the Mission. Since then, 16 projects have been completed. Our map below attempts to show the relative lifespan of a project from idea to completion. In several instances, you can see that it takes many years for a project to materialize. This map only shows recently completed projects and uncompleted projects with active plans. Since 2000, there’s some projects that have been proposed but were abandoned for various reasons that are not listed in our map.
Nearly 40 different projects, representing more than 1,900 units, are in the works for the Mission. The map below shows you where these projects may pop up and roughly how much will be market rate housing and how much will be affordable. Some of these projects are nearing completion, some have been approved by planning, some are still very preliminary.
Each bubble represents one development currently in the pipeline. The size of the bubble approximates the relative size of the project. Blue bubbles represent market rate housing, while orange represent below market rate housing. Click and hover over each bubble for more information.
Before a project can get built it needs: Planning Department approval, building permits and financing. The map below shows projects completed in recent years (16 since 2000), projects under construction (four), projects approved but awaiting construction (eight), and projects with only preliminary plans (25).
Each dot represents one development currently in the pipeline. The color corresponds to its current status. Click and hover over each bubble for more information.
Below you can see a list of active and recently completed housing projects. Use *Crtl F* to search for a particular address.