COPA (Community Opportunity to Purchase Act): What Is It? Why Is it Important?
San Francisco’s housing bond is a big down payment for affordable housing
June 20, 2019
Come out this Thursday, February 14 (VDAY) to the Planning Commission informational hearing on the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA). There will be space for public comment BEFORE the hearing where you will be able to express how important it is to preserve existing housing and ensure affordable housing for all!
Jobs Housing Linkage Fee
June 5, 2019.
This is a critical time for San Francisco’s housing future. The investment is not only an opening for a long-term strategy to protect our existing residents and house our future generations, but a critical down-payment, and a big one, toward tackling this affordability crisis.
Groundbreaking anti-displacement legislation to preserve affordable housing and protect tenants
April 8, 2019
The Jobs-Housing Linkage (JHL) fee provides much needed funding to provide housing for these workers since their wages do not allow them to afford market-rate housing, essentially partially mitigating the impact of increased housing needs that new commercial development projects create.
CASA: The most important housing deal you’ve never heard of
March 31, 2019
Passing COPA is the next big step in a comprehensive community stabilization and affordable housing strategy, one that begins with addressing people where they are at: in their homes.
Big wins for affordable housing in the November 2018 election
December 13, 2018
The most important package of development policies for the Bay Area — that you’ve probably never heard of — is being decided today.
Tackling Exclusionary Housing Policy in California
November 11, 2018
Tuesday’s election was a victory for affordable housing at the state and local ballot.
2018 is a Big Year for Affordable Housing Measures
September 26, 2018
The current essay dives into the issue of exclusionary practices that have exacerbated the housing crisis and offers some policy solutions.
How Do We Make Regional Housing Policy Equitable?
September 20, 2018
It’s the year of affordable housing at the ballot box. This November, San Franciscans will have the opportunity to weigh in on four game-changing housing measures: Propositions 1, 2, and 10 on the state level and Prop C in San Francisco.
Planning for an affordable future in Central SoMa
June 1, 2018
There are two pushes in housing policy right now that keep butting up against each other. One is the push to make equity a more central part of policy, no longer just a window dressing or an afterthought. The other is the shift to thinking about housing on a regional or even state level.
Inching toward an affordable Westside: Lessons from Forest Hill
May 10, 2018
A big change is coming to South of Market: The Central SoMa Plan is before the Planning Commission today.
The next mayor’s housing challenge
March 28, 2018
Earlier this month, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development pulled the funding on an affordable housing development in Forest Hill.
Recovering from an affordable housing wildfire
March 15, 2018
The housing challenge for the next San Francisco mayor will be not only to expand Mayor Ed Lee’s successes in building affordable housing, but also to address the increasing mismatch between housing affordability and the job growth generated by the economic boom that unfolded under Lee’s watch.
Rethinking the Suburbs Is Integral to California’s Housing Solution
December 18, 2017
A week before the North Bay fires broke out, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission convened a blue-ribbon committee, named CASA, to identify “game-changing regional solutions to the Bay Area’s chronic housing affordability challenges.”
Eye on the State: This year was all about housing
October 10, 2017
An important and often overlooked factor in the state’s affordability crisis is the dramatic drop in single-family housing production in California over the past 10 years. We break this down in the first part of this series.
Santa is back for the developers
October 8, 2018
To great fanfare, Gov. Jerry Brown last Friday finally signed a “package” of housing measures. The political logjam that had stymied affordable housing bills finally broke, with more than a dozen housing bills making it through this year.
The Missing Piece in the Housing Crisis: The Fall in Single-Family Homes
September 12, 2017
Last December, we wrote about the gift that Santa Claus brought to real estate developers in San Francisco: the ability to use recent changes in state density bonus law to increase heights and densities 35 percent above the existing zoning, with no additional public benefit.
Say yes to housing at Pier 70
September 28, 2017
On Sunday Aug 20th, 2017, the San Francisco Chronicle posted a two-page editorial “On Housing” which included a very telling graph that, unfortunately, was glossed over in the editors’ simple narrative of deregulation and “build, build, build.”
Brisbane Baylands — a model opportunity for a Jobs-Housing-Fit
August 24, 2017
More housing! The Planning Commission has the opportunity today to either push for the housing we need, or continue to promote projects that exacerbate our jobs-housing imbalance.
A Jobs-Housing Fit
June 7, 2017
The City of Brisbane has a huge opportunity with development of the Baylands site, situated immediately contiguous to San Francisco’s own master-planned development at the old Schlage Lock site.
March 25, 2017
A Jobs-Housing Fit seems like the simplest of ideas: the housing that a region plans for and builds should match the needs of the people that live there now and in the future.