Housing Solutions

Once a Long Shot, Affordable Housing Bond Picks Up Momentum

Sophie Murguia, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 25 2015 - 5:09pm

Last summer, the prospect of a bond to help fund affordable housing projects in San Francisco seemed remote. What a difference a year makes. Early Wednesday morning the Board of Supervisors reached an agreement on a proposal to borrow $310 million to finance affordable housing construction and acquisition.

Cities ponder tighter rent controls

Laura Impellizzeri, San Francisco Public Press — May 15 2015 - 8:31am

A city councilmember in San Jose has said he may propose strengthening his city's loose rent controls to keep at least some housing there affordable. But rents in Oakland continued to soar after it made the same move last summer. Few other solutions to the Bay Area's housing crisis have emerged, and even San Francisco's stringent controls haven't kept a lid on evictions or rent increases.

Supervisor Ponders Taxing Home Sales to Fund Affordable Housing

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 26 2015 - 1:30pm

San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim wants to help pay for new affordable housing in the city by imposing a tax on sales of luxury condominiums. But it could take a year or two for the proposal to get before voters.

Shipping Container Homes Run Up Against Health and Building Codes

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Mar 19 2015 - 3:30pm

Owners were forced to remove a controversial colony of shipping container homes from their West Oakland lot, under threat of fines.

Housing Solution: Build Manhattan-Style Towers in Candlestick Park

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Nov 12 2014 - 4:14pm

Business journalist David Cay Johnston pitches the idea of building high-density apartment buildings at Candlestick Park instead of planned retail, offices and hotels. He says “Manhattanizing” the area could bring down housing prices across the city by adding 14,000 new units of housing.

Housing Solution: Increase Density in Western Neighborhoods and Fix Transit

Evelyn Wang, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 27 2014 - 3:15pm

New housing construction is blazing through the city’s eastern side, but not the west. Why? Residents say existing public transit is too poor to accommodate denser housing, which might also disrupt the neighborhood’s character. But minor tweaks to zoning regulations could add thousands of new apartments, and many would be priced below the market rate.

Housing Solution: Affordable Tenant Co-ops Could Protect Buildings From Speculative Market

Robin Ngai and Emily Mibach, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 2 2014 - 1:33pm

Cooperative housing managed by nonprofit organizations could substantially increase the availability of affordable housing in San Francisco, but progress has been stimied for years by lack of capital to buy buildings. Now policymakers in the city and at the state capital are devising ways to help them grow. Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability.

Housing Solution: Allow Denser Housing in Exchange for Affordable Units

Cori Brosnahan, San Francisco Public Press — Sep 16 2014 - 11:23am

If San Francisco adhered strictly to state laws that grant residential developers considerable flexibility, it could increase housing density in upcoming projects by up to 35 percent. Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability.

Housing Solution: Update Local Rent Control Law to Prevent Mass Displacement

Harry Gibbons, San Francisco Public Press — Sep 3 2014 - 12:06pm

By extending rent-control status to all existing apartments, like it did 35 years ago, the city could save the residents of as many as 50,000 apartments from today’s ballooning rental costs. But doing so might not make the city more affordable for the most economically vulnerable residents. Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability.

Housing Solution: Build Dorm-Style Nano Apartments for Newly Arriving Tech Workers

Robin Ngai, San Francisco Public Press — Aug 27 2014 - 2:15pm

In Seattle, developers are racing to build miniature studios that average 150 square feet to absorb skyrocketing housing demand from young professionals. San Francisco could follow that example — but first, it would have to strike down a law passed two years ago. Part of a special report on solutions for housing affordability.

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