Legislation Proposed to Reconsider Group Housing

Legislation Proposed to Reconsider Group Housing

San Francisco has different legal definitions of housing in its complex planning code. What we most commonly think of as urban housing is blandly called a “dwelling unit”. But there are other types, including “single-room occupancy” (SRO) units (small hotel rooms); and “group housing.” What are the differences between the three? Simply, the Planning Code…

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Not All Housing is Created Equal: How SFHAC Assesses What is Good Housing

Not All Housing is Created Equal: How SFHAC Assesses What is Good Housing

Housing – the amount, type, density, location and design – shapes the neighborhoods and cities we inhabit. Well-designed and well-located housing brings immense benefits to a community and creates vibrant and livable neighborhoods for everyone. These can include public open space, pedestrian streetscape improvements, activation of derelict space or simply creating new homes for people…

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Legislation to Stop Flushing Hetch Hetchy in New Developments

Legislation to Stop Flushing Hetch Hetchy in New Developments

The inexorable realities of a drought, California’s finite water resources have urgently forced water recycling upon us. Sup. Scott Wiener recently announced legislation that would mandate on-site water recycling systems for new development in the “purple pipe” district. The legislation’s simple purpose is, “Replacing potable water use for toilet and urinal flushing and irrigation to…

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You Spoke, the Mayor Listened: Update on the Mission Housing Moratorium

You Spoke, the Mayor Listened: Update on the Mission Housing Moratorium

On February 13, a proposed moratorium on market-rate housing in the Mission District triggered the largest community outcry in favor of new housing we’ve seen in our 15 years of advocacy. It certainly grabbed the attention of Mayor Ed Lee, whose office is now working with Mission District Supervisor David Campos on alternatives to a…

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Mayor Lee Commits to $250M Housing Bond in November 2015

Mayor Lee Commits to $250M Housing Bond in November 2015

Mayor Ed Lee convened a gathering of the City’s housing stakeholders at City Hall last Wednesday to announce his full support of a $250 million housing general obligation bond this November. His statement opened with, “As you know, we’re in a crisis.” There’s not much disagreement with that!  The purpose of the meeting was primarily…

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Inside 1400 Mission – A Successful Off-Site Affordable Housing Development

Inside 1400 Mission – A Successful Off-Site Affordable Housing Development

The SF Housing Action Coalition recently hosted a tour of 1400 Mission Street, one of San Francisco’s few housing developments built through the off-site inclusionary option. On the afternoon of our tour, Brad Dickason of Maracor Development, Leo Shapland of Tishman Speyer, and Katie Lamont of Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) were on-site to share…

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