Affordable Housing By Design is one of the solutions to San Francisco's housing problem

dnale's picture

Most of us live in San Francisco to take part in the city.  If we wanted a big cheap place to live we would be in Texas.  Allowing developers to build higher density, smaller residences, near mass transit gives everyone at all income levels more affordable options.  With no cost to taxpayers!

Here's a great article about Affordable Housing By Design from our own San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Center

But when you try and do it, the NIMBY neighbors won't have it and the city won't support you.  Something needs a RESET.

Here is my project:

Maria Balilo's picture

Affordability, not density

Patrick Stelmach's picture

St. Peter's Place


To much pomp and circumstance, St. Peter’s Place, a new 19-unit affordable housing complex, opened in the Outer Richmond on Monday. It will provide apartments for low-income, developmentally disabled adults. Notables at the opening ceremony included Representative Nancy Pelosi and SF Mayor Ed Lee. The project cost more than $8 million with funding coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the state and the Mayor's Office of Housing. It is built to LEED- and GreenPoint-rated environmental standards.

Green, accessible housing for the less fortunate is awesome. However, this is not a sustainable model for affordable housing. $8 million for 19 apartments = ~$421,000 per unit. That’s not cheap. Addressing San Francisco’s housing problems are going to need a lot more work and a lot of people’s input to come up with smart, cost-effective solutions.

Phil Ting's picture

Density and Transit

Density and transit are two major solutions, but finding the right neighborhood which will accept these two solutions is a challenge in SF.  If we are going to continue to keep with the demanding for housing we will need to do both.  Additionally, we will need to building units which families can live in - three or four bedroom units which dont have to be huge just separate bedrooms and bathrooms.

Noah Rosen's picture


All of this relates to walkability. A walkable neighborhood includes housing, officespace, retail, entertainment all connected by navigable sidewalks (part of complete streets). 

Get your walk score here.

Check out comnplete streets here.

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