Interest Grows in Water Sub-Metering

Interest Grows in Water Sub-Metering

On Monday, November 17th, a group of SFHAC members met with Supervisor Scott Wiener and his aide, Jeff Cretan, to discuss the possibility of whether the time is coming to require installation of water sub-meters in new construction in San Francisco. Supervisor Wiener invited SFHAC members to share any insights or experience that might inform…

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Revolutionizing Economic Development with OppSites

Revolutionizing Economic Development with OppSites

Cities and innovation are often considered synonymous. But for a variety of reasons, the two fields most responsible for building the cities we live in – urban planning and real estate development – are often late adopters of technological innovation. So what happens when you apply evolving technology tools to the planning and development of…

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How Berkeley Uses the Density Bonus Law

How Berkeley Uses the Density Bonus Law

As San Francisco Planning Department staff continue to work on crafting a density bonus proposal, it’s useful to look to other cities to understand how they implement the state density bonus law. The City of Berkeley recently adopted its own interpretation. However, most of the housing projects in the City are built in districts without…

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Planning Department Lays Out SF’s Housing Predicament: Take Action Now!

The SF Planning Department released a short video that starkly confronts our housing challenges. Watch it and take action by sending an email to the Mayor and Supervisors telling them that housing affordability won’t improve unless we produce more housing to meet our growing future demand. Use our easy, one-click petition below (the message is…

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Introducing Our New Community Organizer: Catherine Young

Introducing Our New Community Organizer: Catherine Young

The SF Housing Action Coalition is excited to introduce our first-ever Community Organizer, Catherine Young. A recent transfer from Melbourne, Australia, Catherine brings strength in strategic partnership building with a passion for neighborhood livability. In Melbourne, she worked for her local municipal government where she focused on creating communities that give people access to healthy…

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Housing Economics and Solutions for Affordability

Housing Economics and Solutions for Affordability

Dr. Ted Egan, the City’s chief economist, presented last Friday at our Regulatory Committee some crucial analyses on the economic arguments for housing metering which would set a city-wide housing affordability rate of 30 percent for all future housing built. Egan’s research asked an esoteric economic question: “What is the elasticity of supply and demand…

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