Housing & Homelessness (News)

SF planners approve neighborhood changes

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/07/2008 - 10:00pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco planners approved a plan to add thousands of homes to San Francisco's East Side on Thursday. The new zoning scheme still needs final approval from the Board of Supervisors.

Former industrial zones that make up a quarter of the city's land would be rezoned to allow affordable housing to be built.

It requires developers of any new housing to rent or sell at least 15 percent of their homes at affordable levels.

Tinkering ahead on big S.F. rezoning

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/07/2008 - 10:00pm


(08-07) 21:41 PDT San Francisco -- A plan that would add thousands of homes to San Francisco's east side was approved by the city's Planning Commission Thursday after nearly a decade of hearings and negotiations. But final passage of the plan as it now stands is no sure thing.

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Editorial: Probe discrimination in housing practices

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/07/2008 - 10:00pm
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IN THE 21ST CENTURY, one would have thought housing discrimination in the Bay Area was a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that apparently is not the case.

The Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity, a publicly supported nonprofit housing counseling agency, conducted tests in nine Bay Area communities and found landlords discriminated in 29 percent of the cases.

Data shows nearly even racial mix in Silicon Valley

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 10:00pm
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BLEND OF ASIAN, WHITE, LATINO UNIQUE TO AREA


Marty Loo, a white 54-year-old legal secretary who works in San Jose, doesn't mind being a racial minority in Silicon Valley. The population currents shaping the Bay Area this decade mean that everybody, increasingly, has become a minority.

"You kind of work together," Loo said of the mix, "or you don't work here."

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S.F.'s long-awaited 4-neighborhood plan on tap

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/06/2008 - 10:00pm


Thousands of new homes could be built in four neighborhoods on San Francisco's east side if the city's Planning Commission approves a plan today that tries to encourage development while preserving affordable housing and working-class industries.

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Meeting Tonight on TOD Project

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 08/05/2008 - 10:00pm
 A public meeting will be held at 6:30 tonight (Thursday) at the San Leandro Main Library to discuss San Leandro Crossings, the first project of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) area around the BART station.

The project developers – Westlake Development Partners, Bridge Housing Corp., and Build LLC – will introduce themselves, explain the project, and listen to ideas.

The project includes two sites:

Site 1: The current BART parking lot at the corner of West Juana Avenue and San Leandro Boulevard where 200 market rate residential units are planned; and

Site 2: The west side of the BART station where 100 affordable residential units and a mix of one- and three-bedroom units will be built.

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