Brisbane Baylands: A Once-In-A-Generation Opportunity

In the 18-year history of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC), we had never stepped out of our 7×7 sandbox. Simply, San Francisco had enough challenges when it came to building housing, so our focus was always in the City. However, we acknowledged that a regional approach to our housing shortage was the only way…

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HOME-SF: Building Homes for Families Teachers, Firefighters, EMTs, and Working Middle-Class Families

HOME-SF: Building Homes for Families Teachers, Firefighters, EMTs, and Working Middle-Class Families

You can support this family-friendly housing legislation by reaching out directly to your elected official and speaking in support at the Land Use Committee on May 8th. This is will be the last opportunity to give public comment on the legislation. After misguided and unproductive delays, Supervisor Katy Tang’s “HOME-SF” legislation is back. The legislation…

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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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Central SOMA and a Region in Flux

On March 24th, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition’s (SFHAC) Regulatory Committee heard from the Planning Department’s Steve Wertheim. Wertheim is the department lead on the Central SOMA Area Plan, a City effort to rezone a part of the neighborhood. Wertheim said the goal of the Plan is to create an economically, socially, and environmentally…

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SFHAC Supports Assembly Bills 71 and 73

SFHAC Supports Assembly Bills 71 and 73

The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) is pleased to announce our “Intent To Support” for Assembly Bills 71 and 73. SFHAC’s Executive Committee (our governing body) still must sign off on the official endorsement. Both pieces of legislation come from the office of Assemblymember David Chiu, who represents the east side of San Francisco….

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FUF: Keeping San Francisco Green

FUF: Keeping San Francisco Green

On March 10th, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition’s Regulatory Committee heard from Jasmine Lim from the Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF). Last November, voters passed “Prop E” which shifted ownership of trees on public sidewalks from property owners to the City. Developers are also required to add trees in front of major development…

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New California Building Code Adopted Starting 2017

The California Building Code (CBC) impacts housing development in San Francisco and across the state. Updates to the CBC occur every three years, and these changes can dramatically impact our approach to future projects. The City of San Francisco has significant amendments to the code, particularly relating to the Green Building Ordinance. State building codes…

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Senate Bill 35 Holds All Cities Accountable for Housing

Senate Bill 35 Holds All Cities Accountable for Housing

The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) is pleased to announce our official support for Senate Bill 35. SB-35 is housing legislation from the office of Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) (pictured) and lists Senator Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Senator Atkins (D-San Diego) as co-sponsors. Here’s the full bill language. SB-35 is a response to the…

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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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Final Recommendations Introduced for Inclusionary Housing Requirements

Final Recommendations Introduced for Inclusionary Housing Requirements

The City-appointed Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has finished their analysis of how the San Francisco inclusionary housing requirements should be set. The City Controller will make their formal recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. The TAC, made up of eight market-rate and non-profit affordable housing professionals, has been working with the City’s Controller and Chief Economist,…

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Starcity: The Future of City Building

Starcity: The Future of City Building

Jon Dishotsky and his team at Starcity want to build the cities of the future. Part dreamer, part urbanist, and part developer, Jon and Starcity are taking a new approach to the housing creation conversation. How can we make sustainable, enjoyable living environments for everyone? Recently, Starcity was in the Summer 16 batch in Y…

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Mass Timber – Why Wood You?

Does Mass Timber offer a new opportunity to create taller, longer-lasting housing, all while saving costs? To find out, SFHAC invited Dean Lewis of SFHAC-member DCI Engineers to speak to our Regulatory Committee on the topic. First, what is is Mass Timber? Mass Timber is a revitalized type of wood construction that is leading the…

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