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For many San Franciscans, attending Planning Commission hearings on Thursday afternoon can be nearly impossible. Here are 6 residents who virtually brought their voice to City Hall by submitting a 30 second videos explaining why the Affordable Housing Bonus Program is good policy in San Francisco. The SFHAC shared these powerful testimonies at the Commission on Thursday, February 11th.  Send in…

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Building Affordable Housing in San Francisco Just Got Easier

“I am delighted!!! This eliminates at least one of the hurdles in trying to get an affordable housing project entitled.” – Pat Scott, Booker T. Washington Center Last week marked a huge win for affordable housing and San Francisco residents. The Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 (D7 Sup. Norman Yee voted no) in support of…

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AHBP Continued After Fifth Public Hearing

The character of San Francisco lies in its people, not in its buildings. #SupportAHBP — SFHAC (@SFHAC) January 29, 2016 Sacha Aicken, former Redfin CTO, quoted above said it best during the seven-hour Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP) Planning Commission Hearing last Thursday. He called to question, how can we scrutinize and stall when the AHBP…

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Time to Fight for the Diminishing Middle-Class in San Francisco

In order to remain a diverse city, we should be building homes for ALL San Franciscans. All the new housing currently being build are market-rate, low & very low-income homes. Where’s the new housing for the middle-class? The San Francisco Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP) is common sense legislation to address this missing middle. By…

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SFHAC Legislation Update: January Calendar

SF Housing Action Coalition tied on its running shoes to keep up with all the housing policy legislation being discussed at City Hall! We’ve highlighted the major housing-related hearings – and ways you can help us keep moving them forward. Thursday, January 21 – POSTPONED Planning Commission: Reforms to the Inclusionary Ordinance Stay tuned for…

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Debunking the Hysteria About the AHBP

As the Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP) advances through the approval process, outlandish accusations against the proposal are being discussed in public hearings and neighborhood discussion boards across the city. Some claim this program will result in a wall of seven-story buildings along Ocean Beach. Others howl it will lead to “massive displacement” of residents…

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Why Reforming the Off-Site Radius Matters

After two years of discussion and detailed analysis by a large number of stakeholders, including SFHAC, City Planning and the Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH), the Off-Site Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO) is finally scheduled for public hearings on reforming it, starting December 10. The good news is that most of the restrictions currently in the…

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New Legislation Would Create Certainty for 100% Affordable Housing

Affordable housing faces all the same regulatory and public process challenges as market-rate development. All these hurdles can add months or, in some cases, years to getting affordable housing approved. But new legislation introduced by District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener and the Planning Department would create more certainty and a more direct path for 100-percent…

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Calling All Renters – This One is for You!

Last Thursday, November 5th, the Planning Commission heard the first details on the Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP). However, even before SF Planning staff gave a 1.5 hour detailed presentation, the Planning Commission voted to postpone the December 3rd vote in order to hold two informational hearings. This would push their vote to January 28,…

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