Draft Legislation for Inclusionary Reform Expected in April

Draft Legislation for Inclusionary Reform Expected in April

There was a full room last Friday to hear Sarah Dennis-Phillips, a senior policy advisor in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). The big news is we’ll be seeing two pieces of draft legislation in April to modify the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to make it more attractive for builders to produce middle income…

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How Smart Design & Non-Profit Management Make Affordable Housing Successful

How Smart Design & Non-Profit Management Make Affordable Housing Successful

On March 21st, the SF Housing Action Coalition along with the SF Bicycle Coalition & Emerging Leaders Peer Network hosted a bike tour of permanently affordable housing in San Francisco. Guest bloggers Matt Brezina (@brezina) and Brad Williford (@BradWilliford) provide their reflections of the tour. If you’re like us and the majority of San Francisco residents,…

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Duplicate Advisory Body Created for Balboa Reservoir?

Duplicate Advisory Body Created for Balboa Reservoir?

We learned recently that D7 Supervisor Norman Yee proposed the creation of a citizen’s advisory committee (CAC) for the Balboa Reservoir. A CAC is an official City-recognized body composed of volunteer appointees who advise it on a selected topic. A CAC comes with staff support from the applicable City agency and its meetings are publicly…

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“Housing Balance Monitoring and Reporting” Begins Hearings

“Housing Balance Monitoring and Reporting” Begins Hearings

Last summer’s compromise between Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim over housing policy resulted in Prop K, the “Housing Balance” ballot initiative passed by the voters last November. Prop K amended the Planning Code to require the Planning Department to monitor the balance between new market rate housing and new affordable housing, and publish…

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Q+A with Amanda Loper: SFHAC’s Project Review Chair + Star Architect

The SF Housing Action Coalition continues to strive to place the best and brightest our Executive Committee to keep our non-profit relevant and current. In 2015, Amanda Loper, the newest Principal at David Baker Architects was elected to serve on our Executive Committee and chair one of our best assets, the SFHAC’s Project Review Committee….

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Hayes Valley’s Parcel P Evolves from Freeway Ramp to Vibrant Urban Housing

Hayes Valley’s Parcel P Evolves from Freeway Ramp to Vibrant Urban Housing

It’s startling to be reminded that a highway off-ramp once carved through the spot where one is standing. This is especially true while standing in a brightly colored lounge, walled with a community library, a fireplace surrounded by Heath tile, newly complete ground-floor retail (still available for lease), and 182 units that have started to…

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San Francisco Housing Action Coalition’s 2015 Goals and Priorities

San Francisco Housing Action Coalition’s 2015 Goals and Priorities

The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) believes our City must increase its supply of well-designed, well-located housing at all levels of affordability.  Here are our member’s agreed areas of focus in 2015 goals to address our city’s housing challenges. New Funding Pass a General Obligation Housing Bond in 2015.  Traditional sources of federal and…

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Tour Recap: Vida SF in the Mission

Tour Recap: Vida SF in the Mission

Mike McCone and Patrick McCarthy from Oyster Development, along with Kwan Hemi’s Director of Design, Faraaz Mirza and his colleague Dan Moberly, guided SF Housing Action Coalition members through the Vida SF units, balconies, and roof deck, giving us a good sense of the future tenant’s experience living here. The eight-story Vida building stands out…

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