Calvin Welch Challenges Housing Supply Remedies

Calvin Welch, a long-time housing activist, part-time instructor at SFSU and founder of Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO), recently released a video through Tim Redmond’s 48Hills blog expounding his theories on San Francisco’s housing affordability crisis. They’re definitely worth viewing! His short lectures are a useful window into the thinking of a portion of…

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Recapping SFHAC’s Tour of 8 Octavia

Last week, about 30 SFHAC members were led on a tour of 8 Octavia, at Market and Octavia, by Mark MacDonald of DM Development and Stanley Saitowitz of Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects. 8 Octavia is a 47-unit project, the culmination of nearly a decade of design and development by Stanley Saitowitz | Natoma Architects,…

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Update on Dueling Housing Ballot Measures

At the time we’re writing this, the upcoming November election may have two competing housing-related ballot measures, one from Supervisor Jane Kim and one from Mayor Lee. The confusion around this has unfortunately caused political gridlock and stalled progress on various housing and land use policy discussions that were underway. As discussed at the July…

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The Shortfalls of Ballot-Box Planning

Patrick Valentino, an SFHAC-member, real estate attorney and community activist, shares his views on the consequences of ballot-box planning for land use and housing policy.   Political debates and ballot box planning will not build more affordable and middle income-housing. Having spent three months battling Proposition B, the “Waterfront Height Limits Right to Vote Act,”…

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Hot off the Press! SFHAC in the Media

When the housing market heats up, the SF Housing Action Coalition’s phone starts ringing.  As a small, yet influential housing advocacy group, we are asked to weigh in on housing in San Francisco. To capture these references, we’ve added a new page to our site called “SFHAC in the Media,” which gives our followers an easy…

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Recap of Mayor’s Housing Task Force Meeting #2

On Friday, June 20th, senior members of Mayor’s staff, SF Planning and MOEWD convened a “Big-Tent” housing task force meeting to recap the progress to date of the Mayor’s goal of adding 30,000 new homes, including 10,000 permanently affordable homes, by 2020. This meeting came after introduction of two opposing November ballot measures focused on…

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CIWI Creates Opportunity for First Generation College Students

Monica Wilson (center) with CIWI interns The SFHAC is a proud outreach partner of  Construction Workforce Industry Initiative (CIWI). Now in its third year, CIWI is creating once in a lifetime opportunities for low-income, first generation college students interested in all facets of the construction field. Check out our interview with Program Director Monica Wilson…

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24 Hours to Stop “Housing Balance” from Hitting November Ballot

The SF Housing Action Coalition doesn’t believe taking complex issues to the ballot is the best way to achieve Mayor Lee’s goal of 30,000 new homes, including 10,000 permanently affordable homes, by 2020. If you agree that ballot-box land-use planning (housing balance) is NOT the solution to solve our housing crisis, send an email TODAY asking Supervisor…

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Stop the “Housing Balance” Ballot Initiative

District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim is proposing a city-wide Housing Balance initiative for the November ballot. It says that any market-rate housing project would need a separate conditional use approval by the Planning Commission if the City’s overall ratio of affordable housing to market-rate housing drops below 30 percent. This will increase the delays and…

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