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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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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