SF’s affordable housing projects hit hard by rising costs, softening market
"Housing Policy Chat with Peter Cohen"
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
"Facebook Live Panel Session with CCHO, HRC, YIMBY Action, & MHDC"
October 27, 2017
Peter Cohen works with the Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO, nicknamed "choo choo") and talks about what's going on in housing policy and what kind of work he's doing.
"Ordinary People Can't Afford a Home in San Francisco. How Did it Come to This?"
March 15, 2017
California's Housing Crisis has a group of millennials advocating for more housing supply, but affordable housing advocates say their goals would displace low income communities...
"Ending Homelessness with…Housing"
August 5, 2016
The city by the bay has the nation’s priciest real estate, and a battle is raging over whether tech wealth, population growth, or political will is to blame.
"Freeing Up the Affordable Housing Gridlock: Process Improvements that Matter"
June 29, 2016
The first step of any plan to end homelessness needs to be keeping San Franciscans housed. As study after study has shown, it is primarily San Franciscans that make up the people who experience homelessness in our city…
"SF Seeks to Expedite Affordable Housing Construction"
February 16, 2016
As seems to happen at the turn of every new year, there is once again lots of chatter about “process improvements” and “streamlining” to speed up the timeline for approving developments.
"San Francisco’s Most Massive Housing Construction Era Since Urban Renewal"
January 26, 2016
In a meeting well-attended by pro-development groups and non-profit housing developers but with few other housing voices, the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors unanimously recommended a proposal that would fast-track affordable housing projects.
"Planning Commission Favors Maintaining Conditional Use Process for Below-Market-Rate Developments"
January 7, 2016
The narrative in the mainstream media and from popular think tank organizations over the last several months is that San Francisco is dramatically “underproducing” housing and that this is the reason for The City’s growing unaffordability.
"A Leading Voice on Urban Planning in CA Debunks Housing Trickle-Down"
December 4, 2014
Legislation that could speed up the production of below-market-rate housing projects by up to a year will still continue to wend its way through The City’s approval process, despite rejection of the planning code amendment by the Planning Commission on Thursday.
"Drought, Alfalfa, and . . . . Housing"
August 18, 2015
The progressives are not the only ones saying that building more market-rate housing won’t solve the city’s problem.
"Poll: Housing Scarcity Concerns Surpass Water Worries in San Francisco"
August 3, 2015
We look at the single largest water user in California – and why farmers are growing so much of a thirsty crop that doesn’t make much money.
"Don’t Believe the Hype: Affordable Housing Does NOT Depend on Market Rate Development"
June 25, 2015
A poll released Thursday by a business-backed policy organization found more than three-quarters of Bay Area residents support building more low-to middle-income housing, and a growing number of people favor greater density in their neighborhoods if it would create more places to live.
"Lots of New Housing in San Francisco, but It’s Still Not Enough"
June 14, 2014
Market-rate developers and some of their cheerleaders at City Hall have started a new myth to justify the continuing tsunami of luxury housing development…
"How a Prep School Math Teacher has Exploded the Debate Over Affordable Housing in San Francisco"
April 15, 2016
Residential construction in San Francisco is growing at a torrid pace, but concerns continue about whether the city is getting enough of the housing it needs the most.
"Meeting the City’s Housing Balance Mandate Takes Real Money!"
February 9, 2015
Rents in cities like San Francisco are soaring. Is it just a matter of building more housing?
"City Needs More Housing Money, but Voters May Stand in the Way"
February 1, 2015
If San Francisco is to maintain its essential character and diversity as it continues to evolve, our city needs a housing agenda that genuinely prioritizes housing for the everyday people who make up over 65 percent of The City — the low and moderate income.
"What Will Hot Issues be at S.F. City Hall in 2015?"
January 16, 2015
Politicians and affordable housing advocates will pin their hopes — and their budgets — this fall on winning voters' support for a $250 million bond to pay for new construction. But it won't be easy.
"S.F. Housing on the Way, but Not Soon Enough for 2015 Relief"
January 3, 2015
If 2014 in San Francisco was the year of the eye-popping economic boom, 2015 will be the year City Hall politicians try to figure out how to deal with the affordability crisis it helped generate.
"New Report Highlights SF Shortfall in Below-Market-Rate Housing"
The proliferation of cranes across the San Francisco skyline signals that more housing is on the way, but it’s not going to be enough to bring relief to those looking to buy or rent a place to live in 2015.
San Francisco may be a leader in California when it comes to building below-market-rate housing, but it is not measuring up when it comes to making sure there is housing that the poorest residents can afford.