Housing & Homelessness (News)

New Housing Comes to SOMA; Neighbors Peddle in Scare Tactics

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 02/11/2010 - 2:17pm
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A landlord at 5th and Clara (near Harrison) is planning to transform a dilapidated tourist hotel that has been vacant for four years into housing for 47 low-income tenants. But a group of SOMA residents have leafleted the neighborhood with dire warnings that an “SRO next door” will bring “more crime,” “more drugs” and “more danger” – and have launched a website to rally opposition at the Planning Commission. These neighbors say they would rather keep the status quo of a vacant building, because SRO’s are “magnets for the homeless, drug addicts, sex offenders and drunks.” Ironically, a hotel with long-term residents would be a more stabilizing force for the neighborhood than the transient hostel it is currently zoned for. And the owner doesn’t even need permission from the City to convert the building to residential use. The only reason the Planning Department has to get involved is because he’s seeking to transfer SRO units from one of his Union Square properties – in a deal that will benefit San Francisco’s housing stock.

Court to rule early next year on validity of Pleasanton housing cap

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 10:38am

Judge questions legality of housing cap although suit is about building affordable homes
By Jeb Bing

In a three-hour hearing in Alameda County Superior Court Friday, Judge Frank Roesch sparred repeatedly with Pleasanton's legal representative Tom Brown over the city's 29,000-unit housing cap before taking a suit under advisement that claims the cap is illegal.

Affordable housing ruling a setback to cities

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 01/08/2010 - 3:25pm



San Francisco city officials are working to address a court decision giving developers a major victory in the battle over whether they must provide affordable housing in new projects.

Legislation could be introduced at the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday related to a ruling the California Supreme Court let stand in the fall. The ruling prohibits cities from forcing developers to rent a percentage of units in new apartment buildings at rates affordable to people earning below the median income.

Berkeley's public housing residents oppose privatization of their housing

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 01/06/2010 - 3:30pm
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Berkeley -- The plan to sell off Berkeley's 75 public housing units is harmful to Berkeley's poor, elderly, and disabled population that fail to qualify for the Section 8 program, or meet the minimum income requirements to reside in so-called affordable housing units owned and operated by local non profit housing developers.

 Recently the public housing residents of Berkeley received a shocking notice dated October 27, 2009 announcing that the Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) is preparing to convert their public housing units into privately owned housing subsidized by Section 8 voucher rental assistance, and that their housing would be transferred to a local non profit housing developer.

Assault on Oakland's homeless population continues

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 11:39am
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Oakland - It's cold and wet. Dawn breaks, and the screams of a
howling cat in the distance sounds like a child abandoned in the
frigid cold of the night, begging for attention.
 
 A raggedy looking homeless man recently near the entranceway of a
Lucky store in Oakland, is chased off by security a few evenings ago,
barely a moment after I had the pleasure of giving him a dollar, to
buy something to eat.
 

Pleasanton Weekly News

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 12/03/2009 - 12:11pm
By Jeb Bing

The Pleasanton City Council has finalized its decision two weeks ago to rezone 32 acres of commercial properties in the Hacienda Business Park for high-density residential use and at the same time established a task force to help shape the needs of any residential expansion before actual development plans are proposed.

$1.25 Billion 5 Year Plan To Displace The Poor

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 4:18pm
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Press Release

HUD's proposals to create the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative program to replace the Hope VI program, is moving forward quickly.

The HOPE VI program has demolished around 155,000 public housing units since 1993, and only around 50,000 demolished units have been replaced with new public housing units.

The Obama administration & HUD is planning a new all out assault (5 year $1.25 billion plan) on poor neighborhoods across the nation, to displace the poor.

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