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Oakland Waterfront Hotel to Become Affordable HousingOakland Waterfront Hotel to Become Affordable Housing
By - posted 9/10/2021
Bay Area Updates, East Bay, Housing, Oakland, Support the Bay

Z Hotel, located in Oakland’s Jack London Square, is slated to be converted into affordable housing. Thanks to Mercury News and The Registry SF for sharing the news that Riaz Capital will be transforming the hotel into micro studios designed for workplace professionals who earn between $50,000 and $120,000 a year more...

SF is No Longer the Priciest Place to Rent in USA (Barely)SF is No Longer the Priciest Place to Rent in USA (Barely)
By - posted 8/27/2021
Bay Area Updates, Good News, Housing

San Francisco just got demoted. Thanks to KRON4 for sharing the news that San Francisco is no longer the most expensive city for rent in the United States. According to data from the August 2021 Zumper report, New York just edged out San Francisco to take the number 1 spot with the more...

SF's New 18-Story 100% Affordable Housing in SOMA Breaks GroundSF’s New 18-Story 100% Affordable Housing in SOMA Breaks Ground
By - posted 8/27/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Housing

Mayor London N. Breed today celebrated the groundbreaking of a new 18-story 100% affordable housing complex in the South of Market (SOMA) neighborhood. The development at 921 Howard Street will be one of the largest affordable housing projects seen in San Francisco in the last decade, with 40% of the more...

SF's "Leaning" Millennium Tower's $100 Million Fix HaltedSF’s “Leaning” Millennium Tower’s $100 Million Fix Halted
By - posted 8/26/2021
Bay Area Updates, Getting Help, Housing

Oh no… San Francisco’s Millennium Tower, The City’s famously sinking apartment building, was on its way to being repaired, but work has now halted. Thanks to NBC Bay Area for sharing the news that after sinking 18 inches and leaning 14 inches, a $100 million solution was in progress when the more...

Oakland's New Tiny Home Village for Unhoused Lake Merritt Residents Coming SoonOakland’s New Tiny Home Village for Unhoused Lake Merritt Residents Coming Soon
By - posted 8/4/2021
Brand New, East Bay, Getting Help, Housing, Oakland

Construction began this week on a tiny home village city officials intend for homeless people on city-owned land at Lake Merritt. The property, located at East 12th Street, will eventually house 65 people in tiny homes and provide a comprehensive set of services to help residents transition to stable housing more...

1888 Oakland Victorian Could Be Yours Free... With a Big Catch1888 Oakland Victorian Could Be Yours Free… With a Big Catch
By - posted 7/16/2021
Freebies, Housing, Oakland, Wow

Thanks to SF Gate for sharing the news that a 133 year old Victorian home in Oakland could be yours for free. But there’s a very big (and expensive) catch. The historic home at 2428 Chestnut Street, built around 1888, is being given away for free, provided you have both the more...

Marin County Works to Rectify Historically Racist Housing PoliciesMarin County Works to Rectify Historically Racist Housing Policies
By - posted 7/14/2021
Bay Area Updates, Have Your Voice Heard, Healing, Housing

Marin County has launched a project to identify and rectify policies that prevented people of color from purchasing homes and led to segregated neighborhoods. Although such policies have been illegal since 1964, many public agencies — including throughout Marin County — still have not removed racially restrictive covenants that prohibit the more...

New Emergency Housing Vouchers Will Help 1,000 People in SFNew Emergency Housing Vouchers Will Help 1,000 People in SF
By - posted 5/21/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Housing

San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed recently announced that the City will receive 887 new Emergency Housing Vouchers to help prevent and end homelessness as part of the American Rescue Plan. Officials estimate the vouchers will be able to help up to 1,000 people in need of housing. These vouchers are part more...

Data Shows Tents on SF Streets Down By 65% from 1 Year AgoData Shows Tents on SF Streets Down By 65% from 1 Year Ago
By - posted 5/6/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, Getting Help, Housing

The number of tents housing homeless residents on San Francisco streets dropped by 65 percent over the last year, marking the lowest tent count seen in the city over the last two years, city officials said Wednesday. According to newly released data from the office of Mayor London Breed, as of more...

See 139-Year-Old Victorian SF Home Move 6 BlocksSee 139-Year-Old Victorian SF Home Move 6 Blocks
By - posted 2/23/2021
City Insight, Housing, Only in San Francisco, Wow

Whoa… A 139-year old Victorian house rolled through the streets of San Francisco on Sunday morning, February 21, 2021. Thanks to KRON4 for sharing the video of the epic move. The historic home, known as the Englander House, was moved only a few streets away from 807 Franklin to 635 Fulton, more...

SF' First "Navigation Center" for Unhoused Youth Opens This WeekSF’ First “Navigation Center” for Unhoused Youth Opens This Week
By - posted 2/4/2021
Brand New, Housing, Only in San Francisco

San Francisco is getting ready to open its brand new 75-bed Navigation Center for transitional age youth, ages 18-24.  The Navigation Center in Lower Polk is the first of its kind for youth experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. In addition to shelter, it will provide medical and mental health services, workforce development more...

San Francisco Rent Dropped 27% in 2020San Francisco Rent Dropped 27% in 2020
By - posted 1/5/2021
City Insight, Housing

Thanks to SF Gate and Apartment List for letting us know that rents declined 27% in 2020. San Francisco rents went down sharply (2.7%) in December 2020, and are down sharply by 27.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, Apartment List says median rents in San Francisco stand at more...

"Asking Rents" in SF Down Nearly 20% From Peak“Asking Rents” in SF Down Nearly 20% From Peak
By - posted 8/11/2020
City Insight, Housing

Thanks to Socketsite for letting us know that “asking rents” (i.e. the rent that landlords are hoping to get in their advertisements) in San Francisco are down nearly 20% from their 2015-era peak and still appearing to drop. While the current weighted average of $3,600 a month still isn’t “cheap,” it’s more...

How to Negotiate Lower Rent with Your LandlordHow to Negotiate Lower Rent with Your Landlord
By - posted 8/7/2020
Getting Help, Housing

Thanks to SF Gate for letting us know that highlighting stories about how some local tenants are negotiating with landlords to reduce their rent. In an article published Thursday, reporter Emily Blaire highlighted several instances of Bay Area renters getting lower rent like 20% off a house in the Excelsior, $900/month more...

SF Renters May Finally Have More Negotiating PowerSF Renters May Finally Have More Negotiating Power
By - posted 8/4/2020
City Insight, Housing

Thanks to KPIX for letting us know that the COVID rental market has shifted things in the Bay Area and that the rental market has “come back to earth.” “The balance of power has absolutely shifted” – Jeff Tucker, economist, Zillow According to Zillow, current lease holders and renters have more leverage more...