Kevin Gerber, President and CEO of Episcopal Senior Communities, talks about Supervisor Katy Tang's new housing plan at a recent community meeting she hosted.
Story and photos by Thomas K. Pendergast
(Originally posted on August 11, 2016, at SFBay, a news website for the San Francisco Bay Area.)
San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang is floating a new housing scheme to address the City’s chronic shortage by pairing up people who need housing with those who have an extra room available.
At a community meeting Wednesday, Tang said that through participation in the program, homeowners and home-seekers will voluntarily choose each other, because Home Match is “not a housing placement service.”
Instead, Home Match would figure out who best would be paired up with each other. Tang said:
“That’s something that you don’t get from something like a Craigslist or going out to look for rental units yourself on your own.”
The program was put in the City budget this year, drawing $230,000 annually from the general fund on an ongoing basis, and will be funded through the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development at their discretion.