affordable housing

Did you know that you have the power to hit the pause button on new construction projects in San Francisco?

Stories Behind the Fog: Cherri

Oct 4, 2017
Stories Behind The Fog

 

After 23 years in prison, Cherri Frazier moved into a halfway house in San Francisco.

Stories Behind the Fog: Nieves

Oct 3, 2017
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Nieves Moreno grew up in Chicago and was homeless from 1969 to 1989. He shared his story with Arjanna Vander Plas and Maria Muzas.

Ariel Plotnick

Safe Time Home Sharing, a new nonprofit organization, is trying to alleviate the homelessness crisis by asking East Bay residents to open their homes, and temporarily donate their extra bedrooms to those in need.

Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE)

It’s been decades since this country has had anything like a tenants' movement. If you’re young enough you might not even be familiar with the phrase. But today a movement is forming to fight for policies that preserve and create affordable housing. Last week, renters and their advocates coordinated more than 50 political actions in 45 states as part of national renters' week of action. In the Bay Area, Alameda hosted a weekend-long, statewide gathering of over 400 California tenants and organizers in the movement.

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After failing to make a deal last year, state legislators and Governor Jerry Brown vowed to take action to address California's housing crisis. They just might get it done this week.

  

As rents and evictions continue to soar throughout Northern California, several cities are taking action. On Election Day, a number of Bay Area cities passed or strengthened rent control laws.

President Trump appointed Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This week the Senate advanced his nomination, bringing him one step closer to becoming secretary.

Liza Veale

 

Cheap rental housing can feel like a vanishing resource in San Francisco. Property owners are selling buildings for multiples of what they originally bought them for, and who can blame them? But the consequence is that almost all the units are getting fixed up and turned into luxury housing. It’s the way of the market, and it can seem inevitable. But what if it’s not?

Liza Veale

 

Eva Castillo* thinks of herself as a strong person. She was raised in the Sunnydale projects in San Francisco, sharing a bedroom with three brothers. Now, she works construction — often as the only woman on the job. But when she was evicted, she says she felt truly helpless for the first time in her life.

Liza Veale

In order to stem the tide of displacement in places like the Bay Area, some advocates want to strengthen tenant protections at the state level. One way to do that would be to modify or repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act.

Liza Veale

 

Though we’re all understandably consumed by the news at the national level, the last election also came with consequences for the Bay Area locally—especially for the region’s ongoing housing crisis.


  How do we create live/work spaces that are safe and affordable for artists?

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What has changed for San Francisco’s homeless population under the city’s new homeless director Jeff Kositsky?

The emergent "Yes In My Backyard" (or YIMBY) movement and its well-established opposition both come out of the progressive left.  

Your Call: Ghost Ship fire aftermath

Dec 8, 2016

 

How should we address the issues that led to the tragic Ghost Ship fire, which took the lives of at least 36 people?

Photo courtesy of the Chinatown Community Development Corporation

 

As of this month, San Francisco’s public housing is now all privately run. 3,500 units have been transferred from the city’s ownership to various housing groups: some non-profit, and some for-profit.

Prop 13: Mad as Hell

Nov 14, 2016
Photo courtesy of Retro Report

In 1978, when Howard Jarvis declared that he was mad as hell about rising property taxes in California, he started a tax revolt in the state. Thirty-eight years later, Jarvis’s Proposition 13 is still on the books in California, but the debate over its consequences remains.

Prop P is one of several super technical housing policy measures on the San Francisco ballot. It would change the way the city picks developers to build affordable housing on public land.

Snitow-Kaufman Productions

  

On the October 27th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about Company Town, a new documentary that tells the story of a local election campaign and political decisions that will determine the future of San Francisco.

 

San Francisco schools have a problem. With just over a week left before kids return to the classroom, the district doesn't have enough teachers to teach them.

Daily News Roundup for July 13, 2016

Jul 13, 2016
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San Francisco To Vote Nation’s Most Strict Styrofoam Ban // ABC 7 News

“San Francisco lawmakers are poised to give final approval to what will be the strictest ban in the nation on Styrofoam products.

Daily news roundup for Monday, July 11, 2016

Jul 11, 2016
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Daily news roundup for Thursday, June 30, 2016

Jun 30, 2016
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Crime: In rare occurrence, big three Bay Area cities see similar midyear homicide counts // San Jose Mercury News

"Halfway through the year, the homicide numbers of the Bay Area's three largest cities have reached a rare occurrence: They're nearly the same.

On the June 30th edition of Your Call, we’ll continue our week-long series on San Francisco’s homeless crisis by opening the lines to take your questions for Jeff Kositsky.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24, 2016
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Acting SF police chief meets with Bayview community leaders // SF Gate

“Acting San Francisco police Chief Toney Chaplin faced tough questioning by Bayview community leaders Monday evening where residents asked for answers in last week’s officer-involved shooting that led to former Chief Greg Suhr’s resignation.

Matthew Desmond

On the May 13th edition of Your Call, Sociologist Matthew Desmond discusses his new book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.” 

Ben Trefny

After decades of dreaming, planning, and delays, Treasure Island is set to be transformed.

So here’s a question for you: Would you want to rent or buy on Treasure Island? KALW will be reporting on this question over the coming months,  and we need your help to sharpen the focus and deepen the conversation.

KALW would like to hear your input to help us with our reporting. Please click here. The deadline is June 5, 2016.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Apr 26, 2016
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San Francisco Torn as Some See ‘Street Behavior’ Worsen // New York Times

 

 

In the Bay Area, one strategy for dealing with the housing shortage is to try to build ourselves out. But brand new housing can be too expensive for middle- and working-class people to move into. In San Francisco, it now costs $700,000-800,000 to build a new unit. That’s forced many developers in the area to ask if there is a way to build more quickly and for less money. There is. It’s the same way we build anything more efficiently—by using factories.

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