Build Public: Building Our Open Space

Build Public: Building Our Open Space

At a recent Regulatory Committee meeting, we heard from Brooke Ray Rivera, Executive Director of Build Public.  In her own words, “Build Public is a San Francisco nonprofit that empowers communities to create and sustain great public spaces. They leverage creative public-private partnerships to create win-win public realm improvements that benefit the city, community and…

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City Announces Winning Team to Build Housing at Balboa Reservoir

City Announces Winning Team to Build Housing at Balboa Reservoir

After years of public meetings, the City of San Francisco announced the winning bid to develop the Balboa Reservoir into mixed-income housing! The process, led by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Planning Department, and the Public Utilities Commission, narrowed the applicants to three finalist during the summer, and picked a winning team…

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SFHAC And Other Regional Leaders Urge Brisbane To Support Housing

Last week, SFHAC and other regional leaders on housing co-signed a letter to the Brisbane City Council urging them to support a land use plan at Brisbane Baylands that includes a substantial amount of housing. This project has become the poster child for the housing crisis. Brisbane’s decision-makers must understand that what happens at the…

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Startup Landed Helps Bay Area Teachers Buy Homes

Picture: The Landed Team Last week, Landed, a San Francisco Housing Action Coalition member, announced a $5 million investment from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. We wanted to check in with their team about all that’s happening with teacher housing, and what’s next. Here’s our chat with Ian Magruder, Landed’s Director of Partnerships.  What is Landed and…

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Three Proposals Revealed For Balboa Reservoir

Three Proposals Revealed For Balboa Reservoir

The three finalists selected to create a mixed-income community at Balboa Reservoir revealed their visions this past Saturday at a large community community. In attendance were Supervisor Norman Yee, the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Community (CAC), local residents and housing advocates. Owned by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Balboa Reservoir site is currently…

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California Legislature Votes on Housing Bills

If you were unaware, 2017 is the “Year Of Housing Bills” at the state legislature. Funding, streamlining and prevailing wages have been top of mind for many housing advocates, and we wanted to give you a quick rundown of what happened on “Deadline Day,” June 1st. All bills starting with SB (Senate Bills) now need…

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What’s Happened Since San Francisco Passed ADU Legislation?

In 2016, both the City of San Francisco and the State of California passed groundbreaking “Accessory Dwelling Unit” legislation. This means all Californians are, for the first time, allowed to add additional homes to their property or house. Commonly referred to as “granny flats”, these units often come in the form of backyard cottages or converted…

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Brisbane Baylands: A Once-In-A-Generation Opportunity

In the 18-year history of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC), we had never stepped out of our 7×7 sandbox. Simply, San Francisco had enough challenges when it came to building housing, so our focus was always in the City. However, we acknowledged that a regional approach to our housing shortage was the only way…

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HOME-SF: Building Homes for Families Teachers, Firefighters, EMTs, and Working Middle-Class Families

HOME-SF: Building Homes for Families Teachers, Firefighters, EMTs, and Working Middle-Class Families

You can support this family-friendly housing legislation by reaching out directly to your elected official and speaking in support at the Land Use Committee on May 8th. This is will be the last opportunity to give public comment on the legislation. After misguided and unproductive delays, Supervisor Katy Tang’s “HOME-SF” legislation is back. The legislation…

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Central SOMA and a Region in Flux

On March 24th, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition’s (SFHAC) Regulatory Committee heard from the Planning Department’s Steve Wertheim. Wertheim is the department lead on the Central SOMA Area Plan, a City effort to rezone a part of the neighborhood. Wertheim said the goal of the Plan is to create an economically, socially, and environmentally…

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