CASA: The most important housing deal you’ve never heard of

on Dec 17 2018 - 10:00am

Source: San Francisco Examiner By Peter Cohen and Fernando Marti | December 12, 2018  Two men work on construction of a future housing and shopping complex near 8th and Market streets in June 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner) The most important package of development policies for the Bay Area — that you’ve probably never heard of — is being decided today. Going by the name of CASA (few people involved seem to remember what the acronym stands for), this invite-only assembly of movers and shakers was convened in late 2017 to craft a “grand bargain” with market-rate developers in exchange for their support for affordable housing. The CASA committee includes market-rate developers, landlord interests, tech industry representatives, the building trades, regional affordable developers, the mayors of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, and a handful of other elected officials, and is staffed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). Neither the elected members of the...

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SF supervisor’s bill takes aim at illegal home demolitions

on Dec 13 2018 - 3:40pm

Source: San Francisco Chronicle By J.K. Dineen | Dec. 11, 2018  Construction continues at 940 Lombard St. on Jan. 4, 2018 in San Francisco, Calif.Photo: Mason Trinca / Special to The Chronicle A San Francisco lawmaker is pushing back against what he says is the growing trend of real estate speculators illegally knocking down homes and replacing them with much larger and more expensive “monster” houses. On Tuesday Supervisor Aaron Peskin will introduce the Housing Preservation and Expansion Reform Act, legislation that increases fines for illegal demolitions and also requires a conditional use authorization for any home expansion that increases the square footage by more than 10 percent. The bill comes after several high-profile, historic homes have been essentially demolished through “serial permitting” — a practice of pulling multiple permits for smaller remodels that if, taken together, are tantamount to allowing a new building. The legislation is “aimed at preserving the most...

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Volunteer With Us at the San Francisco Housing Expo!

on Apr 16 2018 - 6:51pm

We are looking for energetic volunteers to help us make our annual Housing Expo a success! The Housing Expo is a dynamic citywide event showcasing a wide range of homebuyer and renter resources, foreclosure and eviction prevention services, and financial education workshops. Each year we help hundreds of SF families connect with the resources, information, and tools they need to find and maintain affordable housing in one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation. We need volunteers to help support us with pre-event preparation and during the event itself. There are a number of fun and fabulous ways you can participate to make this event a huge success. Volunteer roles include: June 1st Pre-Event Set Up: Help us set up the tables and rooms for the event. June 2nd Registration: Greet attendees, collect intake sheets, and direct them to event locations. Exhibitor Usher: Greet exhibitors and direct them to the appropriate exhibitor table. Classroom Attendants: Set up workshop...

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San Francisco Housing Expo 2018!

on Apr 16 2018 - 6:42pm

SAVE THE DATE! Join us at the 6th Annual Housing Resource Fair: Saturday, June 2nd from 11am-3pm City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Avenue Brought to you by HomeownershipSF, this FREE event provides information, education and support for renters, first-time homebuyers, and homeowners. Information Booths: Visit our Exhibitor Hall to connect with the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, HUD-approved housing counseling programs, financial services, real estate services, and more! Workshops: Attend workshops to learn about renting versus buying, how much you can afford, BMR ownership properties, and more! Property Bus Tours: Led by industry professionals, these educational property tours feature homes that are currently listed for sale in San Francisco.   BMR PROPERTY BUS TOUR Have you been thinking of buying a home in San Francisco?  Take the BMR Property Bus tour to see some of the gorgeous BMR units that are currently for sale. Learn...

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Timing and New Details for Massive Balboa Reservoir Redevelopment

on Feb 13 2018 - 5:30pm

Source: Socketsite February 9, 2018 According to a draft Fiscal Responsibility report for the massive Balboa Reservoir project, the projected $560 million development, a total which doesn’t include the price of the land or community benefits which have yet to be negotiated, could break ground “as early as 2021,” which is right in line with our original projection. As such, the first wave of the development’s proposed 1,100-ish residential units could be ready for occupancy as early as 2023 with a second wave following two years later, “depending on market conditions.” And of the 1,100-ish units, fifty (50) percent are slated to be offered at below market rates (i.e., “affordable”) to households with income limits ranging from 55 to 120 percent of the area median as broken down below: The current Area Median Income (AMI) in San Francisco is around $81,000 for an individual and $92,000 for a household of two. And once again, the current plans include off-...

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