AHBP Receives Planning Commission’s Endorsement

The Planning Commission voted last Thursday to support the Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP) and move it forward to the Land Use Committee. They clearly believe building more affordable housing is an important City priority. The Commissioners listened and voted on a number of individual aspects of the AHBP. It’s now up to the Planning…

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SF Housing Industry Responds to Inclusionary Charter Amendment

A group of developers, designers, builders and engineers representing a broad spectrum of San Francisco’s housing industry, many of whom are SFHAC members, wrote a thoughtful letter in response to the Supervisor Kim/Peskin charter amendment that would raise the on-site inclusionary requirement to 25 percent. On February 23rd, the Board of Supervisors vote on the…

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Check out these AHBP videos!

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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More Height, More Affordable Housing at 160 Folsom

When the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) Commission voted on January 19th whether or not to approve the 100 foot height bump for Tishman Speyer’s 160 Folsom Street, they had two choices:  Approve raising the height from 300 – 400 feet and provide 73 more homes, including 44 below-market-rate (BMR) units or; 2….

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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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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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