The State Density Bonus Has Arrived in San Francisco

The State Density Bonus Has Arrived in San Francisco

On Thursday December 8th, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved the first market-rate housing project to apply the state density bonus law. The vote was 5-1. Commissioner Melgar was the dissenting vote and Commissioner Moore was absent. This marks a tremendous win for housing advocates who have pushed for this law’s implementation over many years….

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Get to Know Todd David, SFHAC’s New Executive Director

Todd David began as Executive Director of SFHAC on December 1st. Prior, he was the Political Director for Scott Wiener’s successful State Senate campaign. We asked Todd a few questions about his background in local politics and what he’s excited about moving forward. For those who don’t know your story, tell us a little bit…

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SF Planning Commissioners “Impressed” with MicroPAD

Sometimes you have to see it to believe it. Planning Commissioners Kathryn Moore and Dennis Richards visited the MicroPAD on 9th and Mission Streets and came away “impressed.” At a recent public hearing, both commented on the design and quality of the unit and believe this is a viable approach to house San Francisco’s homeless…

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San Franciscans Vote Pro-Housing with Local Measures, Mostly

Despite what many would call a shocking and disheartening result at the national stage last week, San Francisco fared pretty well locally on housing. For this election, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) reviewed six measures and took positions on five of them. Out of those five, four of the results aligned with our…

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Go Inside the MicroPAD, a New Solution for San Francisco’s Homeless

Go Inside the MicroPAD, a New Solution for San Francisco’s Homeless

Several months ago, local developer Panoramic Interests introduced a creative solution to address San Francisco’s homelessness crisis. Their proposed MicroPAD is a very small housing unit that can be built quickly, affordably and at a scale that could make a real impact. For two weeks starting October 31, the public will have the opportunity to…

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Brisbane Mayor Lentz Responds to Baylands Annexation Idea

We recently reported that the City of Brisbane is pushing for a massive development with up to two million square feet of office space, and ZERO HOUSING, at their Baylands site. When asked where all those new workers who will be drawn to that business center will live, Brisbane Mayor Clifford Lentz told the SF…

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Tell Mayor Lee You Want By-Right Housing in San Francisco

Tell Mayor Lee You Want By-Right Housing in San Francisco

Governor Jerry Brown’s recent proposal to allow by-right housing could play a major role in addressing California’s chronic housing shortage. Creating more certainty for building housing in cities, whether market-rate or subsidized, is the best way to create more economic opportunities for California’s residents. However, some of our Supervisors disagree and are trying to quash…

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Filling those Ground Floors with San Francisco Makers

Filling those Ground Floors with San Francisco Makers

A common concern we’ve heard about new housing developments is that the ground floor spaces are left sitting vacant for far too long. This shared space is vital to a project’s success, whether to residents of the building or people just passing by, so it’s important to fill these spaces in ways that contribute to…

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