Affordable Housing Project Coming to San Francisco


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Where you live determines so much about your overall quality of life. For many Latinos, housing segregation limits their access to quality education, healthcare, and opportunities and often limits them in what they can do for employment.

In the city of San Francisco, Calif. (15.3% Latino population), city planners have been seeking input from residents on a new 130-unit housing project in the historic Mission area. According to CBS News, San Francisco is the fourth most expensive city to live in in the United States.

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The rising costs for housing (the median home price there is $820,000) have simply priced out many of the area’s Latino families. Representatives from the project’s non-profit developers, the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), recently presented preliminary designs for the project and sought input from those whom it will serve.

The nine-story, 100% affordable housing development has drawn interest numerous individuals and families from the Bay Area.

“Families need open spaces,” said project architect Roger Gula in an interview with Mission Local. “[We, the architects] aimed to address this need by incorporating a courtyard into the building’s second floor as well as a rooftop deck and community area with views of downtown.”

The project is taking a “whole view” approach to the subject of affordable housing. Not only will the units be below market rates, but 30% of them will be set aside for formerly homeless families. Also, building will have access to support services, such as case management and family support.

“The people that need that extra bit of help have to feel like they are connected to everything but also have the choice … to navigate privately or publicly,” said Gula. “Sometimes you want to know that what you’re doing is just you and your social worker.”

The application process is expected to being six months before the project opens in the summer of 2020.

Read more about this project here.

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