City Ignores Proposition K, Doing Little to Repurpose Surplus Land to Beneficial Uses
SF’s affordable housing projects hit hard by rising costs, softening market
February 20, 2019
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.
Bay Area partnership seeks to raise $540 million to develop affordable housing
February 16, 2019
“There are a few projects that are a little iffy as far as where the money is going to come from,” Marti said. “These are projects that we expected the city to put out (requests for proposals) on, now they are telling us to wait a little bit” - Fernando Marti, executive director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations
Tax on vacant housing, storefronts proposed for November ballot
January 24, 2019
A new partnership of Bay Area businesses and foundations is planning to raise $540 million for two funds to help build and preserve affordable and workforce housing
MAP: SAN FRANCISCO LOSES AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS ALMOST AS FAST AS IT BUILDS NEW ONES (KQED)
January 23, 2019
“The tax is a means to “discourage bad behavior,” such as people holding onto housing units only for investments, and free up critical housing.”
Housing Equity Front and Center in Last Board Meeting of 2018
December 17, 2018
"San Francisco is losing stable rent-controlled units at an astonishing rate,” said Maya Chupkov, communications director at the Council of Community Housing Organizations.
Nonprofits could get first dibs on multi-unit buildings
December 12, 2018
“In this Housing Balance Report, authored by the Planning Department, we have the real story from the city’s own Building Permit data, Planning data, and Rent Board data” - Peter Cohen
SF supervisor’s bill takes aim at illegal home demolitions
December 11, 2018
Fernando Martí of the Council of Community Housing Organizations, who supports the proposal said in a statement that “the state of our evictions and speculation crisis demands that we have every tool possible.”
SF keeps losing affordable housing
December 11, 2018
“The biggest piece to take away is that this will help preserve existing housing that our city can’t afford to lose to the speculative market,” said Maya Chupkov.
Report: S.F. continues to lose affordable housing almost as quickly as it builds it
December 9, 2018
“There are a lot of numbers thrown around these days about housing,” Peter Cohen.
What’s Next for Rent Control?
December 7, 2018
"I would argue that, at this point in San Francisco, that's probably the number one biggest problem we have of affordability," expressed Peter Cohen.
Despite thorough debunking, neoliberal housing politics prevail in the Bay Area
November 8, 2018
With the defeat of Proposition 10 in California, affordable housing advocates are looking toward the next fight.
Housing a defining issue in SF mayor’s race
November 4, 2018
There is a sentence buried in a 2007 San Francisco Planning Commission study that would appear to refute one of the most visible housing activist movements in California.
SF mayor convenes summit to address high affordable-housing building costs
June 2, 2018
Whatever happens in the race, Peter Cohen, co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations, said the focus on affordable housing in the mayor’s race has been unprecedented.
“Planning for an Affordable Future in Central SoMa”
May 21, 2018
Fernando Marti, co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations, said affordable buildings struggle to compete in a marketplace where most general contractors and subcontractors are busy building luxury high-rises and office towers.
"SF Mayoral Hopefuls, Minus Breed, Hold Heated Housing Debate"
May 10, 2018
A big change is coming to South of Market: The Central SoMa Plan is before the Planning Commission today. It is a massive neighborhood rezoning, estimated to generate 35,000 new jobs and at least 7,000 new homes by 2040.
“The Next Mayor’s Housing Challenge”
March 19, 2018
One candidate in the San Francisco mayor’s race wants to shake out the pockets of real estate developers.
“Huge Transit-Centric SoMa Development Plan Kicking into Gear”
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.
“SF Proposes Turning Moscone Garage into Affordable Housing, Hotel Tower”
February 27, 2018
A seven-year push to encourage transit-centric job growth in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood is about to become reality, as Mayor Mark Farrell and the Planning Department this week introduce zoning legislation that could produce as many as 40,000 new jobs and 7,000 housing units.
“Bill Could Add Millions of New Homes Next to California’s Public Transit Stations”
February 3, 2018
The Moscone Convention Center parking garage would be redeveloped into a 320-foot tower with at least 650 hotel rooms and at least 100 affordable housing units under a plan being put forward by the city.
January 5, 2018
California State Senator Scott Wiener proposed a trio of new housing bills on Thursday, including one that would make it easier to build taller projects near public transit.