San Francisco Can Learn A Lot From Seattle

San Francisco Can Learn A Lot From Seattle

Seattle faces many of the same challenges and opportunities as San Francisco. Both enjoy strong economies driven by the tech sector, bringing in thousands of new jobs and residents every year. But when it comes to managing this growth, particularly with housing policy, the two cities have taken significantly different approaches. Year over year, Seattle…

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Announcing Our 2017 Housing Heroes!

The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition is thrilled to announce the recipients of the 2017 Housing Hero Award. This year, two gentlemen whose names have become synonymous with San Francisco housing will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, Tim Colen and Olson Lee. The Housing Hero Award will go to an organization that has been successful in…

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Nominate a 2017 Housing Hero!

Nominate a 2017 Housing Hero!

2016 Housing Hero Award recipients Supervisor Katy Tang (left) and Kim-Mai Cutler (right) with former SFHAC Executive Director Tim Colen. Every year, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition recognizes worthy individuals or groups that have made exceptional contributions to creating housing at all levels of affordability. In the fall, we’ll celebrate them with a big…

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2017 Spring Symposium: “I Am Not Going To Vilify Newcomers.”

Left to right: Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Assemblymember David Chiu, Mayor Libby Schaaf, Senator Scott Wiener, Todd David, Gabriel Metcalf Over 300 people attended our 11th Annual Spring Symposium last week at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. They came to hear from several of the region’s leaders about the role the capitol can and should…

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SFHAC Takes Position on Competing Inclusionary Housing Measures

SFHAC Takes Position on Competing Inclusionary Housing Measures

The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) officially supports the inclusionary housing measure introduced by Supervisors Safai, Breed and Tang, with two caveats. Furthermore, SFHAC opposes the legislation introduced by Supervisors Kim and Peskin. These positions were thoroughly vetted by our Legislative Committee and endorsed by our Executive Committee. Our official letter can be found here….

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The Real Numbers Behind Prop C

The Real Numbers Behind Prop C

The following post was written by Oz Erickson and has been edited slightly for clarity. Oz is the Chairman of Emerald Fund, one of SFHAC’s founding members, and was SFHAC’s 2013 Housing Hero. The post explains the implications of the June 2016 Prop C ballot measure that raised San Francisco’s inclusionary housing requirements, 25% for the…

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SFHAC Applauds Land Use Committee Appointments

Last week, Board of Supervisors President London Breed selected her appointees to the San Francisco Land Use and Transportation Committee. The members include District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, who will chair the committee, District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin and District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang (pictured in that order from left to right). Supervisor Peskin is the…

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The State Density Bonus Has Arrived in San Francisco

The State Density Bonus Has Arrived in San Francisco

On Thursday December 8th, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved the first market-rate housing project to apply the state density bonus law. The vote was 5-1. Commissioner Melgar was the dissenting vote and Commissioner Moore was absent. This marks a tremendous win for housing advocates who have pushed for this law’s implementation over many years….

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Get to Know Todd David, SFHAC’s New Executive Director

Todd David began as Executive Director of SFHAC on December 1st. Prior, he was the Political Director for Scott Wiener’s successful State Senate campaign. We asked Todd a few questions about his background in local politics and what he’s excited about moving forward. For those who don’t know your story, tell us a little bit…

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SF Planning Commissioners “Impressed” with MicroPAD

Sometimes you have to see it to believe it. Planning Commissioners Kathryn Moore and Dennis Richards visited the MicroPAD on 9th and Mission Streets and came away “impressed.” At a recent public hearing, both commented on the design and quality of the unit and believe this is a viable approach to house San Francisco’s homeless…

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