Housing & Homelessness (News)

Some evicted in 'renewal' may get housing help

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 08/17/2008 - 10:00pm


Descendants of people displaced during the redevelopment of San Francisco's Western Addition and Hunters Point decades ago would be given first priority for the city's affordable housing under a measure pending before city leaders.

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S.F. housing projects emerge from deep freeze

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/14/2008 - 10:00pm
City lifts 2-year condo ‘moratorium’


A 2-year-old Planning Department moratorium that put some 2,000 proposed housing units indefinitely on hold in the eastern neighborhoods of San Francisco has been lifted, giving developers hope that dozens of condo and apartment projects that have been stuck in political limbo will finally be revived.

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Regional: Bay Area Cities Spend 40 Percent More Than Nationall Average

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/13/2008 - 10:00pm
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Households in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose metropolitan area spent about 40 percent more than the average U.S. household in 2005 and 2006, according to a survey released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The consumer expenditure survey indicated that the households in those Bay Area cities spent an average of $66,344 per year compared with a national average of $47,421.

Despite declines, Silicon Valley still has most costly U.S. housing, survey says

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/13/2008 - 10:00pm
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STRONG JOB GROWTH SUPPORTS PRICE LEVELS IN SAN JOSE AREA


Don't let those "price reduced" signs get you thinking that homeownership in Silicon Valley is a bargain: The San Jose metro area is still the nation's most expensive housing market, according to a national survey released Thursday.

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Newsom reappoints the condo commissioner

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 08/11/2008 - 9:55am
Sup. Tom Ammiano had a short but pointed list of questions for Michael Antonini during a Rules Committee meeting of the Board of Supervisors Aug. 7 held to determine whether Antonini should be reappointed to the San Francisco Planning Commission. Gavin Newsom nominated Antonini for reappointment July 8 after the mayor’s office refused to tell the Guardian last month if he planned to do so.

Newsom’s selection of Antonini requires majority support from the board, and its progressive faction, irked by Antonini’s pro-development tenure, took the opportunity to find out how he planned to help the city ensure that 64 percent of all new housing construction was affordable to low-income residents, as San Francisco’s General Plan calls for.

Rare opportunities for Marin workforce housing

Submitted by News Desk on Sat, 08/09/2008 - 10:00pm


MARIN and much of California have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide a supply of affordable housing without fostering environmentally unsound growth. The current precipitous decline in real estate prices makes that possible.

Instead of foisting inappropriate development, government and housing advocates including the Marin Community Foundation must shift their focus.

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