Creative Addition to Inclusionary Program Means More Money for Small Sites

25 10 2016
This house on 23rd Street was preserved as permanently affordable through the Small Sites Program. Photo Credit: Jeremy Raff, KQED.

This house on 23rd Street was preserved as permanently affordable through the Small Sites Program. Photo Credit: Jeremy Raff, KQED.

In a creative twist on inclusionary housing, Supervisor David Campos and Mayor Ed Lee are introducing legislation today that will give necessary additional funding to the Small Sites Program.  The Small Sites program, which purchases small buildings whose tenants are at risk of eviction and preserves them as permanently affordable housing, is one tool for stabilizing long-term tenants and combating displacement and gentrification.  CCHO staff and member organizations have been instrumental in the development of this program from its very beginning, including this latest innovation.

Under this legislation, private developers of small developments (between 10 and 25 units) will now be able to direct their required inclusionary housing contribution to a local neighborhood Small Sites Fund.  The funds would have to be used locally, to purchase a building within one mile of the developer’s project.

This is another tool to ensure that new developments contribute to offsetting the impacts in the neighborhoods they most affect, helping protect San Francisco residents from the threat of speculation and displacement.

Read more on this legislation in today’s article in Mission Local.


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