With last-minute tweaks, SF approves new below-market-rate housing mandates for developers

on Jul 12 2017 - 4:01pm

Source: San Francisco Examiner Construction cranes are seen over downtown San Francisco, Calif. Thursday, March 31, 2016. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner) By Joshua Sabatini | July 11, 2017  San Francisco continued to hash out details Tuesday of a proposed law requiring developers to build affordable housing even as the Board of Supervisors has celebrated on more than one occasion — including Tuesday — that a deal was reached. A vote on the law was postponed for hours as amendments were hammered out behind the scenes, but ultimately the board unanimously approved the new inclusionary housing requirements. Board members and labor leaders who helped negotiate the deal for months held a rally on Civic Center Plaza prior to the meeting, celebrating the deal. They called on those who were displaced from San Francisco to apply for these yet-to-be-built affordable homes. “This policy is expected to generate between 800 and 2,000 affordable units over the next three years, along...

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Local Nonprofit connects families in need, volunteers with spare rooms

on Jul 11 2017 - 2:43pm

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle By Otis R. Taylor Jr. | July 7, 2017 Photo: Santiago Mejia, The Chronicle     Nichole Creer and her son, Demareau Davis, 5, in their new room in Teryl Burt’s El Cerrito house. Creer was connected with Burt through the nonprofit Safe Time, which temporarily houses families in need with volunteers.   Chuck Grant wants to know if you have an extra bedroom, because he’s looking for a place to live. But not for himself. Grant, a 72-year-old retired businessman from Kensington, wants to connect people who have extra space in their homes to people who have no homes. That’s why Grant regularly sits at a folding table in front of East Bay grocery stores and churches, handing out business cards for Safe Time Home Sharing, a nonprofit he started that seeks to temporarily house people. I met Grant, Safe Time’s executive director, making pitches at the entrance to the Safeway on San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito. Formed a few months ago with...

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Inclusionary housing is a lasting legacy policy

on Jul 5 2017 - 2:26pm

Source: San Francisco Examiner By Fernando Martí and Peter Cohen on July 2, 2017 Houses along 20th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District are seen from Potrero Hill. (Jessica Christian/2016 S.F. Examiner) We’ve reached a major milestone in the evolution of The City’s “inclusionary housing” policy, which ensures that market-rate developers build mixed-income communities that include a percentage of permanently affordable units. After a year of advocacy — from the work so many housing advocates put into passing Proposition C last June 2016, which raised the bar and for the first time added a “middle-income” tier, to the hardy souls who sat through the Controller’s Technical Advisory Committee last fall, to all the folks who organized and demanded no loss to low-income housing, and through these last weeks of late-night negotiations — we now have final legislation before the Board of Supervisors. It just passed its first adoption hearing on Tuesday, and will have its...

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Get Help from the Downpayment Assistance Loan Program offered by MOHCD! Accepting Applications Now!

on Jul 5 2017 - 11:28am

Source: San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development The Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (DALP) provides down payment assistance, in the form of a deferred payment loan up to $375,000, to qualified first time homebuyers for the purchase of a market-rate principal residence in San Francisco. The DALP program is available to the general public, to the active, uniformed First Responders, sworn members of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD), and San Francisco Sheriff's Department (SFSD), and also to active educators employed by the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Buyers must first apply for pre-approval of a DALP loan and request a reservation of DALP funds. Applications will be selected by a lottery. MOHCD will accept complete pre-approval application packets starting from 7/5/2017 to 8/21/2017. Please see the DALP program Flyer, and visit our website

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Crackdown on Fraudulent SF Evictions Passes Unanimously After NBC Bay Area Investigation Reveals Widespread Abuse

on Jun 29 2017 - 10:34am

Source: NBC Bay Area By Bigad Shaban, Michael Bott, and Mark Villarreal With a unanimous vote approving significant changes to the city’s housing laws, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors signaled Tuesday it intends to crack down on landlords who illegally evict tenants in order to turn a larger profit. The ordinance, authored by Supervisor Mark Farrell with significant input from Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Jane Kim, comes in direct response to a six-month NBC Bay Area investigation that revealed what appears to be wide spread abuse by landlords who wrongfully evict rent-controlled tenants in order to find new tenants willing to pay more in rent. “I believe we have to do everything we can to stem the tide of wrongful evictions and give tenants a fighting chance to stay in our city,” Farrell said. "I strongly believe we have a bill to deter bad actors in San Francisco." Farrell said he expects the ordinance to dramatically reduce the number of fraudulent...

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