Our Affordable Housing Crisis and How SB 50 Affects Us

There is not enough housing in San Francisco for our lower- and moderate-income community, which includes many of our teachers, our firefighters, our young families, and our seniors. We need to do much more to maintain existing affordable housing and to encourage new development, specifically for these households.

SB 50 has been proposed by State Senator Scott Wiener in Sacramento to address this issue. Unfortunately, it is not the solution. Instead, it will dramatically and negatively impact our neighbors in Dolores Heights and in all of San Francisco.

  • Developers are incentivized to make vast profits by demolishing existing housing to build more luxury apartment blocks.
  • SB 50 would stop San Francisco from rejecting these eight floor tall developments, which could appear next to your home.
  • It takes away our current local neighborhood control over what is built where, how high, with how many units and transfers it to Sacramento.
  • There is no commitment to even build a specific percentage of affordable housing, only more luxury apartments blocks it will not do better than San Franciscos current affordable housing requirements
  • It incentivizes more luxury apartments — without requiring any onsite parking, back yards, trees, not even a courtyard — which will result in even more traffic congestion, less use of public transit, and no more affordable housing, but will make some developers very wealthy.
  • SB 50 is simply a real estate bill!

DHIC urges you to join our neighbors and attend the SF Planning Commission hearing on Thursday, March 14 at 1pm (City Hall, Room 400.) You can speak out about SB 50 during the public comment period. The packet with Commissions analysis will be posted on Friday, March 8 for you to download and read.

We want to hear from you. What do you think of SB 50 and this article? Email info@doloresheights.org or DHIC Chair carolynkenady@gmail.com

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