California Legislature Passes Major Housing Package

On the evening of September 14th, the California Legislature passed three major housing bills that will improve the process for building homes and create new funding sources to subsidize affordable housing. They include SB2, SB3 and SB35. SFHAC endorsed all three measures and is thrilled our elected officials in Sacramento have finally taken steps to…

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SFHAC Urges Governor to Pass State Housing Package

SFHAC Urges Governor to Pass State Housing Package

The SFHAC Executive Committee has formally endorsed the proposed state housing package that would create new funding sources and badly-needed process reforms. We urge the legislature to pass the three bills at stake: Senate Bill (SB) 2, SB3, and SB35. These measures would be a step in the right direction to address California’s severe housing…

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City Announces Winning Team to Build Housing at Balboa Reservoir

City Announces Winning Team to Build Housing at Balboa Reservoir

After years of public meetings, the City of San Francisco announced the winning bid to develop the Balboa Reservoir into mixed-income housing! The process, led by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Planning Department, and the Public Utilities Commission, narrowed the applicants to three finalist during the summer, and picked a winning team…

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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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SFHAC And Other Regional Leaders Urge Brisbane To Support Housing

Last week, SFHAC and other regional leaders on housing co-signed a letter to the Brisbane City Council urging them to support a land use plan at Brisbane Baylands that includes a substantial amount of housing. This project has become the poster child for the housing crisis. Brisbane’s decision-makers must understand that what happens at the…

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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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Startup Landed Helps Bay Area Teachers Buy Homes

Picture: The Landed Team Last week, Landed, a San Francisco Housing Action Coalition member, announced a $5 million investment from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. We wanted to check in with their team about all that’s happening with teacher housing, and what’s next. Here’s our chat with Ian Magruder, Landed’s Director of Partnerships.  What is Landed and…

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Three Proposals Revealed For Balboa Reservoir

Three Proposals Revealed For Balboa Reservoir

The three finalists selected to create a mixed-income community at Balboa Reservoir revealed their visions this past Saturday at a large community community. In attendance were Supervisor Norman Yee, the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Community (CAC), local residents and housing advocates. Owned by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Balboa Reservoir site is currently…

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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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California Legislature Votes on Housing Bills

If you were unaware, 2017 is the “Year Of Housing Bills” at the state legislature. Funding, streamlining and prevailing wages have been top of mind for many housing advocates, and we wanted to give you a quick rundown of what happened on “Deadline Day,” June 1st. All bills starting with SB (Senate Bills) now need…

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What’s Happened Since San Francisco Passed ADU Legislation?

In 2016, both the City of San Francisco and the State of California passed groundbreaking “Accessory Dwelling Unit” legislation. This means all Californians are, for the first time, allowed to add additional homes to their property or house. Commonly referred to as “granny flats”, these units often come in the form of backyard cottages or converted…

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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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