Tag Archives: housing

Navigation Center.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

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,...
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Developments in Development: Decisions and Limbo

Developments in Development is a weekly column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. The nuns have won! It only took 20,000 signatures and three hours of testimony from 20 or so people, but the Sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame will open a soup kitchen on Mission Street near 16th Street. This has been a drama unfolding...
Zeitgeist's sunny patio. Photo courtesy of Zeitgeist.

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...
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New Fire Safety Requirements for Landlords Kick In This Month

By the end of the month, landlords will be governed by new rules about fire safety signage that needs to be displayed inside the buildings they own, fire officials explained on Wednesday. Firefighters explained the new requirements to media and curious landlords in a building on Valencia Street where they had already installed the signs to demonstrate how it should...
Firefighters demonstrate proper extinguisher use on a simulated fire

Artists, Landlords Get Fire Safety Tips from City Officials

Fire Department members, a tenant lawyer, and Building Inspection officials on Tuesday night offered fire safety tips and encouraged tenants and landlords of live-work spaces to file complaints about safety concerns with the proper authority, be it the Department of Building Inspection, the Planning Department, or the Fire Department. “If you feel comfortable, report it,” said Fire Department spokesperson Jonathan...
Road work in 2012.

Developments in Development: The Road Ahead

Developments in Development is a weekly column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. It’s over! Now on to the next mess that will be 2017. And much as we have tooted the horn of how horrible 2016 was, we have challenges ahead. Consider that San Francisco is, according to Curbed and the city controller, almost at its...
The Light House condos. Photo by Brian Rinker

City Cracks Down on Meditation at Luxury SF Mission Condo

Meditating for world peace wasn’t without consequences for Saytar Kamdar, who lives across from Dolores Park in one of four condos that were once a 100-year-old church. The site at 651 Dolores Street is now called the Light House, a seemingly appropriate name for a meditation space, but not according to the city planning department. Just days after the Ghost...
The building where Lorena Moz and her family live, which they will need  to leave by the end of the month.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Mission Family Near Homelessness After City Budget Shortfall

A group of women who have lived in San Francisco for 27 years are on the brink of homelessness just before the holidays, even after winning a coveted spot in an affordable housing unit. As it turns out, they earn too little and a city subsidy that might have helped didn’t make it into the budget. The two non-profits working...
Zeitgeist's sunny patio. Photo courtesy of Zeitgeist.

Zeitgeist, Concerned Over Shadow, Opposing Mission District Housing Project

A chilly afternoon in the middle of December didn’t stop regulars from venturing out onto the patio of one of the Mission’s most popular bars, Zeitgeist. But the manager there, Gideon Bush, fears that the shadow cast by a five-story building expected to go up across the street just might. Bush said the building, a five-story, 28-unit mixed-use building with...
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Illicit Nightclub with Booze, Drugs Operated at SF Mission Hacker Hostel

Even the most brazen scofflaws can fall prey to San Francisco’s housing market – at least that’s what happened to Troy Do, an undocumented immigrant software engineer who set up a hacker hostel and illegal nightclub above a grocery at 19th and Mission streets. In June of last year, Do, who uses a fake first name, set up a hacker hostel...
File photo: The Giant Value sign in 2013.

Developments in development: Home of the Rich

You knew the city was changing – now here are some number that illustrate how. The population turnover citywide has resulted in huge shifts. More white, Latino and Asian people and fewer black people live in the city as a whole (though the Mission’s Latino population specifically has dropped), but more significantly, the mean income jumped by about 13 percent,...
File photo of the Mission and 22nd street fire in 2015.

Family of Man Killed in 22nd St. Fire Sues Landlord

Family members of Mauricio Orellana, a 38-year-old man killed in the January 28, 2015 fire at 22nd and Mission streets that displaced dozens of businesses and more than 60 tenants, have brought a wrongful death lawsuit against the property’s owner and management company. In the suit, filed in November by Orellana’s cousin Fernando Artiga on behalf of Orellana’s six siblings,...
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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...
The view of the Mission from Bernal Heights.

Planning Director Wants Both: More Housing, Analysis of Displacement

SF Planning Director John Rahaim wrote a letter to the Board of Supervisors on Friday, expressing concern over displacement, pointing to efforts to address it, but also arguing for more housing – regardless of who it is built to house. The letter responded to an earlier and unanimous November vote by the Board that effectively sent a 157-unit building at...
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The Navigation Center: A Haven for the Determined

Mission Street’s Navigation Center, the city’s first, is lauded for being a low-barrier shelter, a place where street dwellers can come as they are and have all their needs met. For those determined to get off the streets, it can be the pathway to finally getting housing, but others may fall through the cracks as the center is also working...