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Building affordable housing in San Francisco involves a multi-faceted approach that addresses various challenges such as high construction costs, limited available land, and complex regulatory processes. Here are some strategies and considerations:

  1. Public-Private Partnerships (already happening):

    • Collaborate with private developers, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to form partnerships that pool resources and expertise.

  2. Government Subsidies and Incentives (already happening):

    • Explore government subsidies and incentives to make affordable housing projects financially viable. This may include tax credits, grants, or low-interest loans.

  3. Inclusionary Zoning (already happening):

    • Implement inclusionary zoning policies that require developers to include a certain percentage of affordable housing units in new developments.

  4. Streamlined Approval Processes (already happening):

    • Advocate for streamlined and efficient approval processes to reduce delays and associated costs in the development of affordable housing projects.

  5. Density Bonuses (already happening):

    • Provide density bonuses or other regulatory concessions to developers who include a higher percentage of affordable housing in their projects.

  6. Land Use Policies:

    • Review and revise land use policies to identify and allocate suitable land for affordable housing developments.

  7. Community Engagement:

    • Involve the community in the planning process to address concerns and build support for affordable housing projects.

  8. Affordable Housing Funds (already happening):

    • Establish or contribute to affordable housing funds that can be used to subsidize construction costs and make housing more affordable.

  9. Preservation of Existing Affordable Housing:

    • Implement measures to preserve existing affordable housing stock, preventing the loss of such units due to market forces.

  10. Innovative Construction Methods (833 Bryant Street):

    • Explore innovative and cost-effective construction methods to reduce overall project costs.

  11. Supportive Services:

    • Consider providing supportive services, such as childcare facilities or community programs, within affordable housing developments to enhance their overall impact.

  12. Collaboration with Non-Profit Organizations:

    • Work with non-profit organizations specializing in affordable housing to leverage their expertise and access additional resources.

  13. Tenant Protections:

    • Implement tenant protections to ensure that affordable housing remains accessible and does not lead to displacement.

  14. Housing Vouchers:

    • Advocate for the expansion of housing voucher programs to assist low-income individuals and families in securing affordable housing in the private market.


It's important to note that addressing the affordable housing crisis often requires a combination of these strategies, and ongoing collaboration between various stakeholders is crucial for success. Additionally, community engagement and political support are essential to navigate the complexities of housing development in San Francisco.

*   Pending Meeting with Members of CSFN

** Pending Meetings with their Boards

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