Don’t Let Balboa Reservoir Be a Missed Opportunity

Don’t Let Balboa Reservoir Be a Missed Opportunity

The 17-acre parking lot at Balboa Reservoir could one day become a vibrant community, with new housing, retail, public amenities and parks. Given that it’s a 15-minute walk to the Balboa BART Station, less than 5 minutes from MUNI light rail, and adjacent to City College, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) believes this…

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Don’t Let SF Be Exempt from As-of-Right Housing

Don’t Let SF Be Exempt from As-of-Right Housing

We recently announced that Governor Brown wants to make housing that meets certain conditions as-of-right (also called ‘by-right’). This would make it significantly easier to build market-rate and affordable homes next to transit in San Francisco. The measure has received significant support from urbanists and people have been sending postcards to their legislators to move…

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SFHAC’s 2016 Housing Index: A Snapshot of the Housing Outlook

The SFHAC’s development and construction members have watched and tried to make sense of the many bewildering current features of the City’s housing market. This includes stratospheric construction costs, boggling land prices, housing demand that may or may not be cooling and big political changes in the City’s land use policies, like the upcoming Prop…

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Jerry Brown Wants “As-of-Right” Housing

Jerry Brown Wants “As-of-Right” Housing

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown announced introduction of potentially landmark legislation that would allow for “as-of-right” housing in California. This means that developments meeting certain conditions would not be subject to discretionary review by local decision-making bodies, or endless appeals by disgruntled local neighbors. If you feel as strongly about housing as we do, then…

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SFHAC Position on Prop C – “Affordable Housing Requirements”

SFHAC Position on Prop C – “Affordable Housing Requirements”

After extensive review of both the charter amendment’s ballot language and its accompanying trailing legislation, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition’s (SFHAC’s) membership could not reach a consensus and agreed to take a NEUTRAL POSITION on Prop C, “Affordable Housing Requirements”. This measure proposes to double the amount of on-site affordable housing required of market-rate…

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Dwellings, Not Displacement in the Mission

Dwellings, Not Displacement in the Mission

Last fall, voters soundly rejected the Mission Moratorium, a plan to stop thousands of homes proposed for that neighborhood. The vote showed that San Franciscans believe building more housing for people of all income levels is key to addressing the affordability crisis and preventing displacement in the Mission. Now that the Moratorium has been rejected,…

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SFHAC’s 2016 Policy Agenda

SFHAC’s 2016 Policy Agenda

The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) works to solve San Francisco’s housing crisis by creating new housing opportunities for all SF residents at all income levels. Our City needs more affordable, middle-income and market-rate housing, as well as a diversity of housing types for both renters and buyers. The SFHAC wants to ensure that…

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48 Hills Explains How Real Estate Finance Works, Sort Of

48 Hills Explains How Real Estate Finance Works, Sort Of

An article written recently by Tim Redmond in 48 Hills (“Why developers can’t cry poverty”, March 27th) examines Prop C, income taxes and housing affordability. He claims that real estate development in San Francisco is vastly profitable and developers shouldn’t complain about the City’s fees and exactions, that they’re bluffing. He can’t be faulted for…

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SFHAC Members Win Bid to Develop Affordable Housing at 88 Broadway

SFHAC Members Win Bid to Develop Affordable Housing at 88 Broadway

The SF Housing Action Coalition congratulates the John Stewart Company, BRIDGE Housing and Leddy Matyum Stacy Architects for winning the City’s Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop the two parking lots at 88 Broadway Street into 182 homes for low- and middle-income residents. “JSCO and BRIDGE are very pleased to have been selected for this…

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