Member Spotlight: Dignity Moves

What happens when you combine Silicon Valley’s legendary innovation with one of the most difficult and complex challenges facing California? You get DignityMoves, an organization working to systematically address missing pieces in the current solutions for homelessness.  California’s struggle with homelessness is already significant; 72% of the over 160,000 homeless individuals are unhoused. Upcoming expirations…

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Meet Darin Ranelletti, Oakland’s Policy Director for Housing Security

HAC staff and board members were joined for a June 25 Regulatory Committee meeting by Darin Ranelletti, Oakland’s Policy Director for Housing Security, to learn more about proposed changes to Oakland’s planning and building codes which are intended to address housing affordability. These proposals follow ideas from the 2016 Oakland at Home report, also known…

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The Importance and Potential of Transit Oriented Development

Introduction  Transit and housing are inextricably linked. However, in most of the United States, including the Bay Area, public transit cannot live up to its full potential due to a variety of policy decisions over the past half century that have eroded funding. The public demands better reliability and service from public transportation, yet often…

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18 Years of Housing Heroes!

The Housing Action Coalition annually recognizes outstanding individuals and developments that have made exceptional contributions to building more housing at all levels of affordability throughout the San Francisco Bay Area at our Housing Heroes Awards.  We’re proud to have awarded the following individuals and groups for their contributions to the homebuilding community. Former Awardees 2020:…

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Opticos Design Presents: Missing Middle Housing!

As part of our June 15 How to Implement Upzoning discussion, panelist Stefan Pellegrini from Opticos Design included a compelling presentation about the importance of “Missing Middle” housing and how cities can build more of it. In response to numerous requests for his presentation, Stefan has graciously made it available here. For even more information,…

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How to Implement Upzoning

All of us at HAC were excited to host a very interesting and practical June 16 panel on how to implement upzoning with success starring Professor Karen Chapple (UC Berkeley Urban Displacement Project), Stefan Pelligrini (Opticos Design), Nikki Beasley (Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services), and Rachel Tanner (San Francisco Planning Commission). We greatly appreciate our expert…

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San Francisco DBI Announces Updates to its In-Person Permitting Process

San Francisco’s Department of Building Inspection (DBI) recently led a presentation regarding updates to their permitting process. As of May 6, the drop-in system used during the pandemic lockdown has ended, as DBI begins in-person permitting again. Here’s a summary of their latest changes… Over the Counter Service Returning plans previously submitted using the drop-in…

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Housing Action Coalition to Convene Hundreds of Housing Leaders and Advocates for May 26 Spring Symposium Presented by Facebook

HOUSING ACTION COALITION TO CONVENE HUNDREDS OF HOUSING LEADERS AND ADVOCATES FOR MAY 26 SPRING SYMPOSIUM PRESENTED BY FACEBOOK Nonprofit’s 15th Annual Spring Symposium, “Building Momentum,” will Showcase the Growing Movement for More Equitable, Affordable, and Inclusive Housing Across the Bay Area, California, and the U.S. San Francisco, CA – May 18 2021 – On…

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Zoning for fourplexes represents progressive policy at its best

San Francisco may be considered one of the country’s most progressive cities, but you’d never know it by looking at its land use policies. With nearly 75% of SF currently zoned for low density, it is currently illegal to build small fourplex homes in most parts of the city. This explains why our severe housing…

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