Mary and her longtime friend, Edwin Lai, were facing the threat of eviction. The apartment they had lived in together for the last six years was not rent controlled. Their rent was increased, and they fell behind, resulting in an eviction case. The Eviction Defense Collaborative provided legal assistance, and was able to keep them in their home through a stipulated agreement, in which they agreed to pay off the back rent owed in regular installments each month.
Mayor London N. Breed today announced the launch of a new program to provide low-income transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people with housing subsidies. Our Trans Home SF will soon begin providing housing subsidies as part of a two-year pilot program. Beginning next month, at least 55 households will receive a monthly subsidy to help pay their rent.
The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) is pleased to announce a new component to its homebuyer education. MOHCD and its nonprofit partner Homeownership SF (HSF) aim to improve access and demystify the requirements of San Francisco’s first-time homebuyer programs. HSF now coordinates weekly Homebuyer Program Orientations in different neighborhoods and in different languages (English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino) with HUD approved housing agencies, including:
Community leaders are breaking ground on the new home of a highly rated co-op preschool, Mission Kids, doubling its capacity to serve predominantly low- and moderate-income families in the rapidly gentrifying Mission District.
On April 17, over 120 community members gathered at City Hall for the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network’s (SFILEN) Annual Immigrant Family Day. For the past 13 years, SFILEN has put on Immigrant Family Day as a celebration of civic engagement and community building. Participants were able to meet with the Board of Supervisors to have an opportunity to speak directly about concerns they have regarding immigration, housing, and other issues that impact their lives.
The primary goal of MOHCD’s Complete Neighborhoods Program is to provide infrastructure enhancements to those neighborhoods experiencing residential development. The program was originally established as part of Proposition C, an affordable housing bond passed by San Francisco voters in 2011. An excellent example of a recent Complete Neighborhoods project is the playground that was developed for the Chibi Chan Too Preschool at the newly rebuilt Booker T. Washington Community Services Center in the Western Addition.
The passage of Proposition E in November 2018 by a whopping 75% majority is a testament to the commitment and vibrancy of San Francisco's arts and cultural communities. As the Directors of the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC), Grants for the Arts (GFTA), and the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), we are incredibly grateful for your advocacy and we are committed to ensuring that the Hotel Tax allocation for the arts sustains the important work you are doing throughout the City.