Equitable Distribution of Housing for Formerly Homeless in SF

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To: Mayor of San Francisco – Edwin Mah "Ed" Lee

We are writing to express our strong opposition to the plans to build additional housing units for formerly homeless individuals/households on Mission Bay South (Block 9 - the “Project”), whereby over 200 units (see map above) have been built or are projected to be built for formerly homeless.[1]

We believe it is our social responsibility to provide housing for formerly homeless. We also believe that it is the City’s responsibility to ensure such housing is distributed fairly and equitably in all Supervisory Districts. While our neighborhood is bearing the concentration of over 300 units within a few blocks, many San Francisco's Supervisory Districts will have none. [2]

Our neighborhood was neither informed nor consulted of such plans and should not bear the inequitable concentration of over 300 units of housing projects for formerly homeless.  In addition, Mission Bay is already on track to meet its 30% mandated affordable housing units.

We strongly support this petition to sell the land identified in Block 9 to raise funds for affordable housing developments and/or housing for formerly homeless. We also strongly request that you remove all language related to homeless housing from Block 9’s projects and any future projects in our neighborhood.

We value being part of a community that is diverse, inclusive and prioritizes fair and equitable distribution of housing. The City must perform proper due diligence to ensure housing for formerly homeless is distributed equitably throughout the Supervisory Districts.

[1] - Source: Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure - Request for Proposals - Attachment B.

[2] - Pursuant to the housing pipeline data provided by the City of San Francisco, many districts are projected to build zero housing for formerly homeless.

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