San Francisco Public Housing Site Undergoes Transformation

on Aug 16 2017 - 11:09am

Source: Affordable Housing Finance By Christine Serline | August 15, 2017  The first two phases of the revitalized Alice Griffith public housing complex in San Francisco features 184 affordable apartment, with 114 units reserved for returning residents. The transformation of the obsolete Alice Griffith public housing site, which had been dilapidated and plagued with crime, in San Francisco has been night and day. Known as the Double Rock, the public housing community near Candlestick Park had been isolated from the rest of the city. Now the area is undergoing a major revitalization. The renewal of Alice Griffith is part of master developer FivePoint Communities’ larger Hunters Point Shipyard Phase 2 and Candlestick Point development plan, which includes 10,500 new homes, with 32% available for rent or sale at below-market rates. Blake Thompson PhotographyThe flat-style and townhouse apartments wrap around center courtyards to provide private outdoor space and are built over...

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SF gets federal lot on Mission, to build units for formerly homeless

on Aug 10 2017 - 12:43pm

Source: San Francisco Chronicle By Dominic Fracassa | August 9, 2017  A surface parking lot behind the federal courthouse at Seventh and Mission streets in San Francisco will become the site of the city’s largest housing development for formerly homeless people, thanks to a deal struck this week between city officials and the federal government. The city will lease the parking lot for three years while it pulls together the funding and irons out construction logistics for the development, which will house 250 units in two separate buildings. One of the buildings will be designated for 100 homeless seniors 62 years of age or older. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee introduced a proposal to acquire the lot at 1064 and 1068 Mission St. in late April, and negotiations have been ongoing with the federal government since then. The lot provides parking for the building that houses the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “When it comes to finding housing for people formerly living...

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SF’s happy deal: Buy McDonald’s outlet, build housing

on Aug 9 2017 - 1:35pm

Source: San Francisco Chronicle  By Matier & Ross | August 6, 2017  The city has made a bid to buy one of San Francisco’s most intractable trouble spots — the McDonald’s restaurant at the corner of Haight and Stanyan streets — with the idea of replacing it with affordable housing. “What a great opportunity,” said Board of Supervisors President London Breed, who has answered her share of complaints from neighbors about small-time drug-selling, loitering and other problems around the fast-foot outlet across from Golden Gate Park. McDonald’s spokesman Ron Rogers said the burger giant has a received “a letter of interest” from the city and that “the proposal is currently under review.” The site’s problems were underscored Thursday when a man was shot and wounded inside the McDonald’s following an altercation. The restaurant was closed for two hours while police scoured the area looking for the suspect, without success. Officials from San Francisco’s...

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Hope SF focuses on public housing development without displacement

on Aug 1 2017 - 3:08pm

Source: The San Francisco Examiner Hunters View is one of the four public housing sites that Hope SF plans to replace. (Nathaniel Y. Downes/2014 Special to S.F. Examiner) By Audrey Garces | July 30, 2017  Three generations of the Sims family spend every Saturday afternoon in a new park in their freshly renovated neighborhood, as grandchildren play in the grass with the family dogs, overlooking surrounding views of the bay and downtown San Francisco. Growing up in the housing projects, a scene like this was merely a dream for Rose Marie Sims. But then came along Hope SF, an initiative to transform four of the most distressed housing projects in San Francisco through a trauma-informed blueprint. The project made the dream of safe, high-quality housing a reality for the Sims family, without having to move out of the neighborhood where they have lived for generations. “We take that dilapidated, unacceptable, deferred-maintenance housing, and build incredible mixed-income communities...

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How owner move-in reform will affect SF tenants and landlords

on Jul 25 2017 - 1:07pm

Source: San Francisco Examiner By Cynthia Fong | July 23, 2017  The San Francisco Board of Supevisors unanimously passed new legislation to protect tenants from landlords who abuse owner-move in evictions. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner) Owner move-in reform unanimously passed through the Board of Supervisors on July 18. This reform adds enforcement mechanisms to protect tenants from landlords who abuse OMI evictions and never intend to move in. Here is what this new legislation means for tenants and landlords: This legislation, aptly named “Administrative Code – Owner Move-In Reporting Requirements,” primarily impacts landlords by requiring new and improved reporting requirements. Landlords are now required to provide a declaration under penalty of perjury stating that they intend on residing in the unit for at least 36 continuous months. In addition, the Rent Board is now required to annually notify the unit occupant of the maximum allowable rent (which is the rent of the...

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