Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

Dozens turn out for hearing on affordable housing coming to SF Mission

Some 60 people, including whole families, turned out for the first in a series of community outreach meetings concerning the construction of a 130-unit affordable housing project at 681 Florida St. that could break ground in Spring 2019. People were there to learn about applying for the spaces and to make suggestions on the use of its community space.  ...

Developments in development: Affordable for whom?

Every time the words “affordable housing” are used in local media, commenters appear and argue about the phrase. Either they’re frustrated that, in a region where someone thinks it’s okay to charge people $800 a night to sleep on the floor, nothing is really “affordable.” Or they’re mad that we use the term in reference to city-administered below-market-rate units with...

Planners say flooding fears don’t hold water, approve affordable housing

In a rare specimen of lightning-speed bureaucracy, the Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously re-approved an entirely below market rate building planned for 17th and Folsom streets, dismissing a neighbor’s concerns over flooding in the area. “There couldn’t be any more win-win situation for all,” said Commissioner Kathrin Moore. The building, 2060-2070 Folsom Street, has been in the works for years...

Accelerator Fund Will Help Add Affordable Housing in SF

Five more apartments are about to be preserved as affordable housing by a Mission District nonprofit – and now the city is rolling out an innovative loan program to help nonprofits acquire 1,500 more units in the coming five years. When the building went on the market, “Everything seemed really bleak and scary,” said Emily Kurland, a teacher who lives in the...

Mission and Tenderloin Orgs Will Build Affordable Portion of Bryant St. Project

After years of opposition from neighborhood groups, a major project at 2000 Bryant Street was green-lit September 2016 after providing a portion of its land to the city to build affordable housing. Two agencies have now been awarded the contract to develop that affordable housing: The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC). “It’s really...

Debate on Senior Housing Gets Personal, Project Prevails in Appeal

San Francisco Supervisors sent a planned nine-story affordable senior housing project onward toward construction, unanimously rejecting an appeal of its prior approval. The appeal, represented at Tuesday’s hearing by Shotwell Street resident Craig Weber through the Inner Mission Neighborhood Association, raised concerns about adding 94 units of housing without additional parking, about failing to promote mixed-income housing and about crime increases...

Developers of Low-Income Senior Housing Aim for Efficiency

Nonprofit organizations collaboratively planning a building for formerly homeless seniors at 24th and Harrison streets have increased the number of units that could fit in the building to between 45 and 52. Now, they have to balance efficiency with neighbors’ preferences for height and design. To that end, the architects have adjusted their plans since their last report to the...

Listen Local: Building Affordable Housing

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We record live on a biweekly webcast at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. In this week’s episode, we chatted with Mission Housing Development Corporation director Sam Moss to talk about what it takes to build and maintain affordable housing and what obstacles come up – like the opposition that has...

Navigation Center for the Homeless Switches Focus from Housing to Triage

The city’s first Navigation Center for the homeless has changed its operating model to limit stays to one month and the centers no longer promise placement in permanent housing. Randy Quezada, communications manager at the San Francisco Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, confirmed that the center now operates as a 30-day triage center to funnel clients into city services,...

Valencia Housing Development Stalled Over Zeitgeist Shadow Dispute

The sponsors of a 28-unit housing development proposed for 198 Valencia – the current site of an auto service station discovered Thursday the peculiar traps of developing housing in San Francisco.   This one concerned the questions of shade, legacy businesses and in the end became a debate on whether the city’s charm – a charm derived in part from legacy businesses...

Activists to Host Housing Strategy Town Hall Saturday

The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) will host a town hall on Saturday, December 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mission YMCA at 4080 Mission St. to discuss grassroots strategies for combating San Francisco’s housing crisis. According to the Facebook event description, participants will weigh in on demands for a statewide Tenant Bill of Rights as well as...

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...

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...

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...

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...