Senate Bill 35 Holds All Cities Accountable for Housing

Senate Bill 35 Holds All Cities Accountable for Housing

The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) is pleased to announce our official support for Senate Bill 35. SB-35 is housing legislation from the office of Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) (pictured) and lists Senator Allen (D-Santa Monica) and Senator Atkins (D-San Diego) as co-sponsors. Here’s the full bill language. SB-35 is a response to the…

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Final Recommendations Introduced for Inclusionary Housing Requirements

Final Recommendations Introduced for Inclusionary Housing Requirements

The City-appointed Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has finished their analysis of how the San Francisco inclusionary housing requirements should be set. The City Controller will make their formal recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. The TAC, made up of eight market-rate and non-profit affordable housing professionals, has been working with the City’s Controller and Chief Economist,…

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Starcity: The Future of City Building

Starcity: The Future of City Building

Jon Dishotsky and his team at Starcity want to build the cities of the future. Part dreamer, part urbanist, and part developer, Jon and Starcity are taking a new approach to the housing creation conversation. How can we make sustainable, enjoyable living environments for everyone? Recently, Starcity was in the Summer 16 batch in Y…

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Mass Timber – Why Wood You?

Does Mass Timber offer a new opportunity to create taller, longer-lasting housing, all while saving costs? To find out, SFHAC invited Dean Lewis of SFHAC-member DCI Engineers to speak to our Regulatory Committee on the topic. First, what is is Mass Timber? Mass Timber is a revitalized type of wood construction that is leading the…

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The Environmental Cleanup Process for Housing

With the discussion of the contaminated Brisbane Baylands site coming to their City Council, we thought it’d be a good idea to ask an expert about the environmental cleanup process and whether a former rail yard can be made safe for future residents. We interviewed Jeff Adams, an Associate with ENGEO Incorporated, a SFHAC member…

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City Releases Request for Qualifications for Balboa Reservoir

City Releases Request for Qualifications for Balboa Reservoir

On Thursday, the City of San Francisco issued a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for the Balboa Reservoir site (pictured above), just west of San Francisco City College (CCSF). This comes after a year-plus of meetings held by the Balboa Reservoir Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC), a group created in late 2015 by District 7 Supervisor Norman…

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Why SFHAC Opposes Prop X

We all want to keep arts, industry, and nonprofits in San Francisco. This is the wrong way to do it. After more than ten years of public debate, the Board of Supervisors passed zoning rules for the Eastern Neighborhoods that strike a balance between keeping space for industrial jobs, artists, nonprofits and housing. We agree…

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Activists Push for Housing at Brisbane City Council Hearing

Activists Push for Housing at Brisbane City Council Hearing

On Thursday night, a group of San Francisco housing activists joined SFHAC and GrowSF at the Brisbane City Council Meeting. The proposed “Baylands” project under discussion has increasingly been featured in local and national news thanks to a recommendation by the Brisbane Planning Commission to support a project that includes two-million square feet of office…

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Scott Wiener Answers Our Housing Questions

This November, Supervisor Scott Wiener is running to represent San Francisco and part of San Mateo County in the California State Senate. Since housing is a top-of-mind issue for many residents, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) asked the Supervisor a number of questions. As a 501(c)3, SFHAC does not endorse candidates and these answers…

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