Support the Affordable Housing Bonus Program!

Join the SFHAC and SPUR in making the Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP) a reality. The AHBP creates a new tool for housing developers to build up to 30-percent on-site affordable housing for low and middle-income residents throughout San Francisco, at no cost to the public. This program applies to transit and mixed-used commercial districts (not…

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Long-Awaited Affordable Housing Bonus Program Introduced

Long-Awaited Affordable Housing Bonus Program Introduced

The SF Housing Action Coalition strongly supports the SF Planning Department’s newly proposed housing policy, the Affordable Housing Bonus Program. This sensible new program not only provides affordable housing for low income residents, but incentivizes the construction of new middle-income housing, too! The long awaited Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP) will: Build on-site the standard…

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Take Action: Oppose Fees that Hurt New Housing

We believe new housing should do its fair share to help folks walk, bike and take transit. Residential developments will soon be required to pay a Transportation Sustainability Fee (TSF) introduced by the Planning Department and Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). The proposed fee of $7.74 per square foot, calculated by City staff and a land-use…

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Local Density Bonus Aims to Reach 30% Affordability

Local Density Bonus Aims to Reach 30% Affordability

Last Friday, Kearstin Dischinger from the Planning Department presented her team’s work on the Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP), a new initiative that aims to reach the city’s affordable housing goals through greater density. The San Francisco AHBP goes above and beyond the state’s density bonus, removing density restrictions in non-planned area neighborhoods in exchange…

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Planning Commission Considers Interim Controls for Mission Housing

Planning Commission Considers Interim Controls for Mission Housing

Last Thursday, the Planning Commission voted 5 to 1 (Commissioner Antonini opposed, Commissioner Hillis absent) in favor of implementing interim controls on certain housing projects the Mission District. The purpose of the controls, according to the Planning Department, is to find “time to finalize a cohesive strategy to provide more affordable housing and economic stability.”…

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Why the Off-Site Radius Should be Removed

Why the Off-Site Radius Should be Removed

Because of the affordability crisis, there is enormous pressure on market-rate developers to increase production of affordable housing. If, under the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, they built their affordable housing off-site, instead of the standard 12 percent affordable rate, they would deliver 20 percent – a big improvement. However, the off-site option is very rarely used…

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Let’s Eliminate the Off-Site Radius!

The City’s data show that for every person who gets an affordable home under the Inclusionary Ordinance, there are almost 30 unsuccessful applicants. At a time when we should be building drastically more permanently affordable housing, we’re still handcuffing developers with restrictive policies. The Off-Site inclusionary option delivers more affordable housing than any of the City’s…

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The History and Future of Granny Flats in San Francisco

The History and Future of Granny Flats in San Francisco

For decades, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) were hotly contested in San Francisco. Concerns over parking and added density raised issue with residents, and local opposition stifled any proposals that encouraged the construction of these low-impact, naturally affordable homes. But in the past two years, several new pieces of legislation have been adopted or are underway…

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Legislation Proposed to Reconsider Group Housing

Legislation Proposed to Reconsider Group Housing

San Francisco has different legal definitions of housing in its complex planning code. What we most commonly think of as urban housing is blandly called a “dwelling unit”. But there are other types, including “single-room occupancy” (SRO) units (small hotel rooms); and “group housing.” What are the differences between the three? Simply, the Planning Code…

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