AHBP Receives Planning Commission’s Endorsement

The Planning Commission voted last Thursday to support the Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP) and move it forward to the Land Use Committee. They clearly believe building more affordable housing is an important City priority. The Commissioners listened and voted on a number of individual aspects of the AHBP. It’s now up to the Planning…

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SF Housing Industry Responds to Inclusionary Charter Amendment

A group of developers, designers, builders and engineers representing a broad spectrum of San Francisco’s housing industry, many of whom are SFHAC members, wrote a thoughtful letter in response to the Supervisor Kim/Peskin charter amendment that would raise the on-site inclusionary requirement to 25 percent. On February 23rd, the Board of Supervisors vote on the…

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What Would a 25 Percent Inclusionary Rate Mean for New Housing?

On February 16th, the SF Supervisor’s Rules Committee held a remarkable hearing that was intended to examined a proposed charter amendment for the June ballot, but offered instead a wide-ranging examination of the City’s housing market. The topic was a ballot measure sponsored Supervisors Jane Kim and Aaron Peskin that would raise the Inclusionary Housing…

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10 Places Where AHBP Housing Makes Sense

So far, the Planning Commission has heard close to 15 hours of testimony at four public hearings on the Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP). Strong opposition claims the AHBP will “ruin neighborhood character”, “displace local businesses” and tear-down rent controlled buildings in order to build taller buildings. The SF Housing Action Coalition staff went on our…

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What Does 2000 Bryant’s Land Dedication Mean for the Mission?

Developer Nick Podell recently announced in a press release that he plans to dedicate one-third of his site at 2000-2070 Bryant Street to the City to build affordable housing. The project has been in the works for years and was originally intended to be a market-rate building that included 47 below-market-rate (BMR) units on site,…

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Has Prefab Construction Finally Arrived in San Francisco?

Advances in technology have dramatically changed how people find information, get to work and even do their laundry. But one industry whose productivity has remained stagnant for decades is construction. But, as cities are pressured to provide more housing for growing populations, it’s become important to experiment with ways to increase building productivity and find…

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Check out these AHBP videos!

For many San Franciscans, attending Planning Commission hearings on Thursday afternoon can be nearly impossible. Here are 6 residents who virtually brought their voice to City Hall by submitting a 30 second videos explaining why the Affordable Housing Bonus Program is good policy in San Francisco. The SFHAC shared these powerful testimonies at the Commission on Thursday, February 11th.  Send in…

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More Height, More Affordable Housing at 160 Folsom

When the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) Commission voted on January 19th whether or not to approve the 100 foot height bump for Tishman Speyer’s 160 Folsom Street, they had two choices:  Approve raising the height from 300 – 400 feet and provide 73 more homes, including 44 below-market-rate (BMR) units or; 2….

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Building Affordable Housing in San Francisco Just Got Easier

“I am delighted!!! This eliminates at least one of the hurdles in trying to get an affordable housing project entitled.” – Pat Scott, Booker T. Washington Center Last week marked a huge win for affordable housing and San Francisco residents. The Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 (D7 Sup. Norman Yee voted no) in support of…

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