Housing and Homelessness

Nancy, Do You See Us?

Nancy Pelosi is our representative, we need to make ourselves heard so that she understands how dire this moment is.

San Francisco is Waging War on Homeless People

On April 12th, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and two other ghoulish right-wing organizations filed a lawsuit against 2018’s Prop C ballot measure, citing a California Constitutional amendment that requires a two-thirds majority of voters for any tax increase. Until the case is decided–which might take years–the city can’t release the Prop C funds it …

What your company is going to say about Prop C

Prop C is an opportunity for San Francisco to do right by our unhoused neighbors. It’s a balanced, thoughtful bill that funds housing and supportive services for unhoused folks in SF, paid for by a tax on companies’ gross business revenue over $50 million of on average 0.5%. And remember: these are the same companies …

The Rent is Too Damn High

Proposition 10 stands to repeal Costa Hawkins, a brutal law that is in no small part responsible for our state having somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of the nation’s estimated homeless population. Costa Hawkins has made every single-family home, apartment, and condominium built after 1995 exempt from rent control (a price ceiling on …

The Shameful History of San Francisco’s Homelessness Policy

The homelessness crisis in SF is all over the international news, and Proposition C on the November ballot proposes to fund the most comprehensive package of services for addressing the issue in the city’s history. Built on best practices learned over the last thirty years, it prioritizes housing rather than services on the street, and …

Christin Evans on Prop C

Proposition C is on just about every mind in San Francisco. You’ve probably heard at least a little bit about it, but if not, here are the basics: Prop C is a tax on the city’s biggest businesses to house the homeless. It will create 4,000 new housing units, provide 7,000 subsidies to keep people …

5 Facts about Prop C

In the era of Fake News, Donald Trump and the Kardashians, can we really afford any more confusion? Call us “Snopes of the Proletariat”, ‘cause we got your facts, right here.

Our Housing Crisis Is Out Of (Local) Control

Not In My Backyard, Forest Hill Edition Earlier in 2018, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development dropped a proposed development in Forest Hill that would have changed the lives of 150 low-income, formerly homeless seniors by providing them with permanent, affordable housing. The city and Supervisor Yee’s stated reason for torpedoing the development was that the …

San Francisco’s Chamber of Horrors

Editor’s Note: The SF Chamber of Commerce relaunched its website after this piece was written, sending much of their record of supporting anti-worker/anti-tenant policies into the memory hole. Several links in this article will make use of the Internet Archive and Google’s cache to source the history of the Chamber’s policy agenda. Given the severity …

The Gall of Galles

On July 20th the SF Chronicle ran an op-ed arguing against rent control. In an extreme case of headline abuse, they slammed rent control and inclusionary housing as “self-interested and harmful.” In a city that is majority renter, with more than 60% of renters protected by rent-control, aren’t the real self-interested parties the corporate developers …

Building an Ecosocialist Housing Policy: Lessons from SB 827

SB 827 is done and dusted, at least for now. Throughout the debate on the controversial bill, one critical factor remained mostly unexamined: what effect would this proposed housing and transportation legislation have had on the environment? Now, though the specter of SB 827 is in California’s collective rear-view, it is important to discuss the …