Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

Plotting at Café La Boheme

By ALLISON DAVIS It looked like revolution: maps, sangria, a beard and a People’s Plan. But it was merely democracy in action as a dozen community activists met at Café La Boheme on Thursday to strategize on how to incorporate their plan in the city’s Eastern Neighborhood proposal. The latter, developed by the city’s planning department, would rezone industrial areas...

Low-Income Renters Discover Ownership Options

By MADELEINE BAIR For ten years, Rosana Alonzo has lived in the Tenderloin, where she shares an apartment with her mother and two children. That’s long enough for her. “I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s not the safest place of the world,” said the 43-year old childcare worker. A few years back, she looked into buying a home,...

Las Posadas Procession Tonight: Even Holy Family Had Problems Finding Affordable Housing

A traditional Christmas procession celebrated throughout Latin America, Las Posadas re-enacts Joseph and Mary’s quest to find housing and their facing repeated rejections from Grinch-like landlords. Sound familiar? At a community celebration tonight of Las Posadas organized by the Red Poppy Art House, expect a candlelit procession along 24th Street, free food at various venues, traditional Mexican carols and a smattering of art performances about...

Fewer Housing Options for Singles in London

For single first-time buyers in London, housing options are slim — even with an average salary and stable earnings. Couples are better off at securing affordable housing, according to a recent piece in The Guardian.  It may not come as much of a surprise, but single first-time buyers on an average salary are badly affected when it comes to buying a property. Less than...

Abandoned Spaghetti Brings SFFD to Valencia Gardens

Smoke and an alarm sounding from an apartment on Rosa Parks Lane prompted the arrival of three firetrucks at Valencia Gardens at around 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. Resident Deborah Davidson had forgotten to turn her stove off as she left to take a walk, she said, and returned two hours later to find firefighters coming out of her unit. “I...

Church Uses Clout and Prayer to Press SF Officials on Housing

For years, the Catholic Church has worked on immigrant rights, but nowadays in San Francisco, housing has moved to the top of the church’s social justice agenda. To that end it is organizing prayer vigils, developing surveys and forming alliances with some of the political groups that have already done extensive ground work such as Causa Justa and the Plaza...

Lawsuit Troubles Trigger New Call for Affordable Housing at 16th and Mission

Some 100 people crowded the 16th St. BART plaza at noon today to support 100 percent affordable housing at the 16th Street market rate project that became embroiled in litigation last week after the developer sued the owner for acting in bad faith. Supervisor David Campos also made an appearance to “come and hear what the community has to say.” “If it is the case that this project is...

101 New Affordable Units Approved for SF’s Mission

Just five weeks after 1950 Mission Street was approved for 165 units of affordable housing, 101 new affordable units will be coming to the former parking lot at 2070 Folsom St. They will be built via a joint partnership between the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and the Chinatown Community Development Center (CDC). This brings the number of affordable housing units approved for the...

Listen Local: Sustaining Affordable Housing

On last week’s Listen Local live on BFF.fm, we were joined by Mission Housing Development Corporation’s Executive Director Sam Moss to talk about the biggest challenges facing affordable housing developers, threats to the city’s affordable housing stock, and rent control. Listen to this episode below or check out older programs on our BFF archives.