SFHAC’s Spring 2018 Housing Index: A Snapshot of the Housing Outlook

As construction and development costs continue to drastically surge in San Francisco, developers and contractors who participated in SFHAC’s 2018 Housing Index expressed a lack of confidence in the housing market compared to previous surveys. This shift in attitude can be linked to the lack of housing approvals in San Francisco, extremely restrictive zoning laws…

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San Francisco, seven facts about Senate Bill 827

Senate Bill 827, authored by State Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Phil Ting, is currently going through the California State legislative process in Sacramento. The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition strongly supports the legislation. As constituents around the state discuss SB827’s impacts, it is in everyone’s interest to have a fact based and researched based…

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Sign the petition – SB827 makes San Francisco a place for everyone

In Sacramento, Senator Scott Wiener has introduced Senate Bill 827, designed to improve California’s housing affordability and displacement crisis. The progressive bill was noticed nationwide, with the Boston Globe claiming, “The bill may be the biggest environmental boon, the best job creator, and the greatest strike against inequality that anyone’s proposed in the United States…

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Statecraft Looks to Quantify Housing Production

Recently, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition’s Regulatory Committee heard from Yury Lifshits, co-founder of Statecraft. Statecraft’s goal is pretty straightforward: use data to help us understand how housing gets built in San Francisco and beyond. Statecraft consolidates public reports on preliminary project applications (PPAs), Planning Commission entitlements, and construction permits with the goal of…

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Build Public: Building Our Open Space

Build Public: Building Our Open Space

At a recent Regulatory Committee meeting, we heard from Brooke Ray Rivera, Executive Director of Build Public.  In her own words, “Build Public is a San Francisco nonprofit that empowers communities to create and sustain great public spaces. They leverage creative public-private partnerships to create win-win public realm improvements that benefit the city, community and…

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Why Voting on Land Use Ballot Initiatives Matters

When I hear people aren’t voting on November 3rd, I shake my head. Voter turnout was a dismal 53 percent in the November 2014 election. (Actually, that seems pretty good. It was 30% for the June 2014 primary election).  I’m trying to figure out why people do not bother to vote. Is it because they…

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SFHAC Endorses Pier 70 Project on November Ballot

In November, Forest City’s proposed 28-acre mixed-use project on a currently vacant, deteriorating SF Port property will be going to the San Francisco voters for approval. Their measure asks the voters to approve a height limit bump from the current 40 to 90 feet on the parcel. If approved by the voters, this project will…

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