Demystifying the Development Process: How Housing Actually Gets Built

Last month, San Francisco Mayor London Breed hired the City’s first Director of Housing Delivery to expedite project approval and permitting, which should lead to more housing getting constructed, and more quickly. But, how does the development process actually work?

CCHO In The News:


City Ignores Proposition K, Doing Little to Repurpose Surplus Land to Beneficial Uses

According to Peter Cohen, co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations, which advocates for affordable housing, the impetus behind Proposition K was to establish a systemic process where agencies combed their assets annually, prompting public discussion.

The Council of Community Housing Organizations (known as “Choo Choo”) is a nonprofit coalition of 26 community-based housing developers and tenant advocates.

Our collective longstanding mission is to foster the development of permanently affordable low-income housing in San Francisco, under community control and through non-speculative means of ownership, with adequate provisions for tenant services and empowerment.

CCHO in the news:


SF’s affordable housing projects hit hard by rising costs, softening market

Fernando Marti said the city has postponed seeking bids for several new projects, namely 180 Jones St., slated for about 60 units, and the site above the new Central Subway station at Fourth and Folsom streets, set for about 75 units.

CCHO’s Latest Op-Ed:


CASA: The most important housing deal you’ve never heard of


This invite-only assembly of movers and shakers was convened in late 2017 to craft a “grand bargain” with market-rate developers in exchange for their support for affordable housing.


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Housing california Conference 2019 Housing narrative workshop

April 17, 2PM-3:30PM

Learn about messaging and communications strategies to advance a strong affordable housing and community development agenda. How can we get people to think about their own homes, communities, families and housing vulnerabilities when we talk about affordable housing issues? It is critical to lift up the value of bringing new and diverse voices - residents, organizers, and workers. Our goal is to equip housing advocates and practitioners with storytelling tools, and offer strategies to align communications within coalitions fighting for housing justice.

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