San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safai (left to right), San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and SF Supervisor Katy Tang enjoy a lighter moment during a Valentine's Day press conference in front of City Hall, where they announced a new proposal to provide incentives for the creation of more affordable housing in the City.
Story and photo by Thomas K. Pendergast
San Francisco supervisors Katy Tang and Ahsha Safai are using a tag-team approach to tackle affordable housing, as Tang will bring her HomeSF program back to the Board of Supervisors in March or April, and Safai introduced an ordinance on the issue.
Tang said Safai’s legislation will match her Home SF program, in that her legislation will apply to working class, middle-income people, defined as having incomes in the range between 60-percent-to-150-percent of the Area Median Income (AMI), so they “go hand in hand.”
“We are trying incentivize developers who are building three or more units where you have to build 30 percent affordable on-site to serve middle-class families, a 40 percent requirement that it’s two-bedrooms or more, and we have some amendments also that we’re bringing forth that will try to make it more family friendly, and also close to transit,” Tang said.
Tang is working with the mayor's office to develop the legislation.