affordable housing

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Two months ago, 63-year-old Outer Mission Resident Denise Alvarado received an eviction notice. The reason: her building was sold and the new owners say they want to move in.

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On the November 17th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss planning for a growing Bay Area. 

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San Francisco's lead housing policy planner Kearstin Dischinger speaks with KALW's Ben Trefny about the proposed Affordable Housing Bonus Program.

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A few weeks ago, Supervisor Katy Tang joined planners to discuss the city’s affordable housing bonus plan at the Ortega Branch Library in San Francisco’s Sunset District. An overflow crowd of about 200 people turned out for the event. Kearstin Dischinger, the city’s lead housing planner was one of the speakers.

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There isn’t much in the backyard of Eva Royale’s house. Two white metal patio chairs, her grandsons’ toy cars. What stands out most is her beloved 44-year-old cactus collection.


Daily news roundup for Monday, November 9, 2015

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New Oakland housing fees may add millions in costs to residential projects // San Francisco Business Times

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On the November 4th edition of Your Call, we’ll recap the outcomes of election day. 

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Mayor Ed Lee was a big winner, yesterday, in San Francisco’s elections, for more reasons than just being voted into another term in office.

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On the October 28th edition of Your Call, we’re talking about what’s at stake for San Francisco and the greater Bay Area in the upcoming election. 

Daily News roundup for Thursday, October 8, 2015

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California poised to be 1st state to outlaw human antibiotics in livestock // San Francisco Chronicle

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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SFMTA says it needs $21 billion for next 20 years // SF Examiner

"Money makes transit go ’round. And in San Francisco, a new number has been identified to do just that: $21 billion.

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Daily news roundup for Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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How to solve San Francisco's homeless pooping problem // SF Gate

"While Mayor Ed Lee announced this week that 'the homeless must leave the street' for Super Bowl 50, it's more what they leave behind on the street that is a concern for the million or so people who have to walk a few blocks or a few miles in the city every day.

According to a 2013 study, one in six people who work in Silicon Valley spend at least two hours on their commute. Nuemi Guzman is one of those people. She’s a legal assistant with the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley.


Leslye Corsiglia has been working to create affordable housing in San Jose for more than 30 years. She's just recently left the city's Department of Housing to take a a position at the helm of a new advocacy organization called Silicon Valley at Home. She sat down with KALW’s Audrey Dilling to talk about the region’s challenges and opportunities for affordable housing.


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Angela Johnston

When you walk inside the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, you can tell right away that this is home for over 400 people. They’ve painted their units bright colors. There are traditional mobile homes that look like small rectangular bungalows – but there are also little cottages, Airstream trailers, and RVs. Kids zigzag between the park’s six streets on their bikes.

“I was 11 when we moved here with my parents. I practically grew up here,” says Erika Escalante.

Chris Hambrick


Here in the Bay Area, rents are rising, and housing inventory is shrinking. It’s forcing many here to decide -- either you have to leave the area completely, or you have to get creative about your housing situation. There are people living in remodeled warehouses and RVs -- but what if you wanted to create your own out-of-the-box house?

Daily News Roundup for Monday, July 13, 2015

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S.F. loses affordable housing almost as quickly as it builds it // San Francisco Business Times

What Facebook's expansion means for East Palo Alto

Jul 7, 2015
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When Menlo Park city leaders wanted to add services for residents in their Belle Haven neighborhood, Facebook pitched in to fund a community center.  It’s located in a shopping strip behind the new Facebook west Campus, next to a Japanese restaurant.  

Your Call: What does gentrification mean to you?

Jun 22, 2015

On the June 22nd edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation with D.W. Gibson, journalist and author of The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century. By interviewing a wide cross section of New Yorkers, from a drug dealer to a banking executive, Gibson gets inside the varied ways people experience and perceive the transformation of neighborhoods by the influx of new wealth and new residents. What does gentrification look like where you live?


Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 12th

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S.F. Mayor Lee, supervisor Avalos to unveil dueling housing bonds // SF Gate

March 29 was the last night Delilah Soto slept on the street. She’s a recovering heroin addict who’s been living in a tent in San Francisco’s Mission District with her girlfriend, Rocky Anderson, and their dog Sparta. That night, she learned they had another choice.

Nearby, 1950 Mission St. was dead space. A closed-down school site sitting on premium San Francisco real estate, begging to be repurposed. On March 30, the gates opened on a new pilot program called the “Navigation Center”.

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In one of America's most expensive cities, there's a fringe political party whose name sums up their concerns: The Rent is Too Damn High. That city is New York – but in San Francisco rents are even higher. And while no party around here has been quite so blunt about it, organizations are taking action.

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute hosted a housing forum earlier this year, and the conversation showed there are many ways to look at the problem – and many ways to disagree on how to solve it.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, April 9, 2015

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San Francisco man shares story of escaping war-torn Yemen // KTVU

Sara Brooke Curtis

Every place has a history hidden that lives beneath what you can see on the surface. Just take the Mission District. The Bart Station at 24th street and Mission is called Plaza Sandino by some -- because in the 1980’s Pro-Sandanista protesters would rally there. Right down the street, Potrero del Sol Park is better known to those who grew up here as La Raza park -- back in the 70’s it was a major gathering spot for low rider cars. This neighborhood has also been called the birthplace of Latin Rock.

Ellis Act evictions: Gum Gee Lee

Nov 10, 2014
Melanie Young

The Lees are an elderly immigrant couple who live with their disabled adult daughter. The new owner of their building evicted them to convert their apartment into tenancies-in-common.

“People call me Mrs. Lee. The owner provided a notice to me. Using the Ellis Act to evict me.

“Initially, it was really hard for me. Because on one hand, aside from them moving out, it was really difficult because I heard a lot of noise and banging from construction because the landlord is doing a lot of renovations.

Allen Temple Arms, East Oakland


Mary Butler is a person who "likes to keep very busy and independent."

She worked as a respiratory nurse for most of her adult life. After retiring in the early 2000s, she supported herself the way retirees are meant to: with a small pension and social security. She moved to Las Vegas for a while to take care of an ill sibling. When she moved back to Oakland, she couldn’t find a place to rent. Her retirement funds didn’t stack up.

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Thuylynh Nguyen’s family came to the U.S. from Vietnam in order to escape political persecution. Her father had spent eight years as a prisoner of war after serving as a soldier in the South Vietnamese army. The U.S. granted her family asylum in 1991.


We don’t build housing projects like we used to anymore. It used to be big, labyrinthine complexes like Marcy Houses in New York, Cabrini Green in Chicago, and Geneva Towers in San Francisco. Today, conversations about development have to do with mixed-use, mixed-income communities.