Caught in Between: San Francisco's Middle Class Housing Crunch

Oct 3, 2011

Host: Lauren Meltzer

Producer: Susan Britton

It's one of the city's most persistent problems: despite the nationwide crash in housing prices, San Francisco's “for sale” and rental housing markets remain among the most expensive in the country, and all but out of reach for many segments of the city's workforce.

How feasible is it for a household earning $100,000 -- our city's median income for a family of four -- to afford to rent or buy a home in San Francisco? Will our city become more stratified and less diverse as our middle classes increasingly migrate to surrounding counties?  And what kinds of funding mechanisms, policies or incentives should we develop to keep people in the city?


  • Supervisor Scott Wiener, representing San Francisco's 8th District.
  • Ted Egan, Chief Economist of the City and County of San Francisco.
  •  Sarah Karlinski, Deputy Director of SPUR, a non-profit public policy think tank.