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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HAC’s Latest from Sacramento

HAC’s Latest from Sacramento   It’s been a busy several weeks in (virtually) Sacramento as our team has been covering hearings, advocating for and against (but mostly for) 26 pieces of legislation, and closely monitoring numerous other housing and housing-related bills.    We are also especially excited to be cosponsoring our first-ever legislation, SB 649,…

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Home & Environment presented by WoodWorks

All of us at HAC were excited to mark Earth Day with our Home & Environment conversation and thankful to WoodWorks for making today’s program possible! Our expert panel featured WoodWorks’ Chelsea Drenick, DCI Engineers’ Robin Landis, and David Baker Architects’ Katie Ackerly discussing the ways building designers and owners are prioritizing sustainability to reduce…

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We’re hiring! Join our team as our new South Bay + Peninsula Community Organizer!

SOUTH BAY +  PENINSULA COMMUNITY ORGANIZER The Housing Action Coalition (HAC) is a nonprofit that advocates for building more housing at all levels of affordability to help alleviate the Bay Area’s and California’s housing shortage, displacement, and affordability crisis.    We’re looking for an inspired, creative, strategic, detail-oriented, project management pro to serve as our South…

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Building Momentum

From ending exclusionary zoning to legalizing more affordable housing, it’s an especially exciting and promising time to work in housing. The growing movement for more equitable, affordable, and inclusive housing across the Bay Area is why the theme of HAC’s recently-announced Spring Symposium is Building Momentum, and it’s also why everyone at HAC is busier than…

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To Build Back Better, Congress Must Increase HUD Funding

Introduction When President Joe Biden was elected, and HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge was confirmed, housing advocates hoped for a sea change in federal housing policy to address America’s skyrocketing housing shortage and affordability crisis. Now, some 60+ days into his administration, housing proponents need to keep the pressure on the White House and Congress to…

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A Morning with Mandelman

Earlier this month, the Housing Action Coalition met with San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman. As the supervisor of District 8 (The Castro, Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, and Glen Park), Supervisor Mandelman recognizes the need to build more much-needed multi-family housing, especially within his own district. His much publicized “Monster Homes” legislation will attempt to address…

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Meeting Mayor Jesse Arreguín

HAC was delighted to welcome Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín to a recent Regulatory Committee meeting and discuss his views on housing in Berkeley and the broader Bay Area. Mayor Arreguín was elected in 2015, becoming the second-youngest mayor in Berkeley’s history. He has helped spearhead much of Berkeley’s recent pro-housing legislation and shared his vision…

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A Morning with Anne Taupier

The Housing Action Coalition recently met with Anne Taupier, Acting Director of the San Francisco Office of Economic & Workforce Development. Working at OEWD since 2009, she brings long standing experience and dedication to her role, and we were excited to hear her vision for OEWD and thoughts on housing. Anne believes that building more…

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Welcoming Oakland Planning Director William Gilchrist

HAC was delighted to host a recent conversation with Oakland Planning Director William Gilchrist, who came to Oakland after years of leading planning departments in New Orleans and Birmingham, about his department’s priorities for the year ahead.  Focusing his remarks on the process of updating Oakland’s General Plan, Director Gilchrist noted that the plan will…

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