Be Pro-Housing Prepared for the November 2019 Election + Tell BayHAC About Your Local Housing Measures

Be Pro-Housing Prepared for the November 2019 Election + Tell BayHAC About Your Local Housing Measures

This November, voters will head to the ballot  for a variety of candidates and ballot measures. The HAC does not take positions on candidates but will be taking positions on ballot measures across the region. While the HAC has always put together a pro-housing voter guide in San Francisco, we want to make sure we…

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Summer Recess 2019: A Bill-By-Bill Breakdown of Statewide Housing Legislation

Summer Recess 2019: A Bill-By-Bill Breakdown of Statewide Housing Legislation

With the creation of the Bay Area Housing Advocacy Coalition, HAC’s regional and Sacramento-focused advocacy arm, 2019 has been the most active year in the capital for our organization. So far, HAC has officially taken support positions on 24 different housing bills; all would lead to the creation of more housing at all levels of…

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Looking Back on 2016, Ahead Towards a Bright Future

Looking Back on 2016, Ahead Towards a Bright Future

The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) experienced the ups and downs of the housing world during an eventful 2016. We want to look back at some of the memorable events of the last year. Most housing starts and ends at San Francisco’s City Hall. The first big win came in February when the Board…

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Mayor’s Office of Housing Rolls Out Prop A Funding

Mayor’s Office of Housing Rolls Out Prop A Funding

Last week, San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) members got a front-row seat at a briefing from Deputy Director Kate Hartley, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), on the various programs that agency is deploying to fund affordable housing. In particular, we got a report on how Prop A, the Affordable Housing Bond…

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Affordable Housing Bonus Program Faces A Vote On June 28th

Affordable Housing Bonus Program Faces A Vote On June 28th

This Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on a portion of Sup. Katy Tang’s Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP). Sup. Tang split the AHBP into two pieces at the Land Use Committee hearing on June 13th: the 100% affordable housing component and the Mixed-Income (market-rate) housing component. At that same June 13th hearing,…

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Two Ways to Build Affordable Housing – Which Do You Want?

On Tuesday, June 21st, the Board of Supervisors will vote between two very different plans to build affordable housing in San Francisco. The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition has reviewed and endorsed the proposed 100% component of the Affordable Housing Bonus Program. There’s an inferior competing proposal attempting to make a coup on this vetted…

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The Rise of the YIMBY

I’ve had a revelation. I’m not going to complain about housing anymore. It doesn’t do any good. I’ve probably complained about the price or availability of decent housing in San Francisco every day for the last five years, and, if anything, the situation has only gotten worse. The city’s population continues to grow, and prices…

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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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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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