Jun 16, 2016 0 Comments in Affordable Housing, Affordable Housing Bonus Program, Inclusionary Housing, Land Use, Policy by

On Tuesday, June 21st, the Board of Supervisors will vote between two very different plans to build affordable housing in San Francisco. The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition has reviewed and endorsed the proposed 100% component of the Affordable Housing Bonus Program. There’s an inferior competing proposal attempting to make a coup on this vetted legislation. A comparison of the two proposals is available below. There will be no public comment at the hearing on Tuesday but it’s not too late to add your voice! Enter your zip code to get started.

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AHBP Final

You might be asking, “Wait, I thought the Affordable Housing Bonus Program had a mixed-income component, too”. Here are the details of what happened:

On Monday, June 13th, Supervisor Katy Tang’s Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP) made its debut at the SF Supervisor’s Land Use Committee. Sup. Tang made it clear that the AHBP has two components:

  1. Density Bonuses for Mixed-Income Projects
  2. Density Bonuses for 100% Affordable Housing Projects

SFHAC has always supported both parts of the AHBP. In order to be sure we got the best possible 100% affordable housing legislation across the finish line, Sup. Tang split the two components and moved the 100% affordable component forward to the full board. Why? Supervisor Aaron Peskin recently introduced what we see to be inferior legislation that he’s coined, “Density Done Right”. He threatened to replace Sup. Tang’s 100% Affordable component and replace it with “Density Done Right”, which SFHAC does NOT support for a number of reasons. This very brazen attack on Sup. Tang’s legislation did not pass Land Use Committee. However, this battle between the two versions is NOT over and we fully expect Sup. Peskin to attempt the same “gut and amend” tactic in front of the full Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 21st. This is why your voice matters more than ever!

About the Author

Corey Smith

Corey is the Deputy Director at SFHAC. He is responsible for educating, engaging and organizing hard working San Franciscans on the housing topics that impact our city. Away from housing, Corey is a sports fan who focuses his emotions on the Oakland Athletics and Oregon Ducks. He can be reached at corey@sfhac.org.

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