Here's what you need to know to decide how to vote on San Francisco's Proposition P.

Prop P - Competitive Bidding for Affordable Housing

ICYMI: the 2016 election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, with early voting kicking off at San Francisco’s City Hall on Tuesday, October 11.

In addition to voting for officials at the local, state, and national level, San Franciscans will face a decision on 17 state ballot initiatives and 25 local propositions.

Not sure how to vote on Proposition P? We hope the brief voter guide below will help you decide!

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What Is Prop P?

Prop P would require the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development to receive at least three proposals before proceeding with an affordable housing project on city-owned property.

Who Supports Prop P?

Key supporters of Proposition P include: Supervisors Mark Farrell and Katy Tang.

According to supporters, the cost of building one unit of affordable housing in San Francisco often exceeds the cost of building a luxury condo.

The reason is that market-rate developments face a competitive bidding process at each stage of construction, which helps to keep costs down. Currently, there is no such requirement for affordable housing.

Prop P would change this by implementing a competitive bidding process for all affordable housing projects built on city-owned land.

Who Opposes Prop P?

Key opponents of Prop P include: the San Francisco Democratic Party, San Francisco Tenants Union, Affordable Housing Alliance, and State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).

Opponents argue that Prop P would encourage building slum housing, not high-quality affordable housing.

In fact, opponents argue that the proposition could actually block the building of new affordable housing.

Learn More about Prop P

To learn more, read the full text of Proposition P.

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