Housing

Our goal: Make it affordable to live here.

SPUR’s housing agenda:

• Zone for more housing—in the right locations.
• Invest in permanently affordable housing.
• Enable more housing to be affordable by design.
• Rethink parking requirements.
• Encourage secondary units.
• Get housing development fees right.

Read more from SPUR’s Agenda for Change
  • SPUR Report

    8 Ways to Make San Francisco More Affordable

    San Francisco is in the midst of an affordability crisis. Reversing the situation will require far-reaching changes to the city’s housing policies. But there are many things we can do at the local level to make San Francisco more affordable for the people who live here.

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  • SPUR Report

    Re-Envisioning the San Francisco Housing Authority

    The San Francisco Housing Authority has a budget short fall and lacks funding to meet its capital needs. SPUR offers recommendations to help the agency become financially sustainable over the long term.

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  • SPUR Report

    Affordable by Design

    Housing units that are affordable "by design" cost less to produce because they’re small, efficiently designed and don’t come with a parking space. Could this be a new way to produce middle-income housing without using public subsidy?

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  • SPUR Report

    A Housing Strategy for San Francisco

    San Francisco’s unique culture is threatened by the high cost of housing. Unless we do something, the city will lose its artists, its progressive politics, its immigrants and its young people. This second edition of our Housing Strategy for San Francisco updates the policy reports that define SPUR's housing agenda.

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Updates and Events

Time to Plan Big for the Future of Downtown Oakland

News April 12, 2016
Public and private investment have sparked a renaissance in downtown Oakland, but as the attention and interest grow, downtown finds itself in a bind. The current revival hasn’t been strong enough to attract new construction, and institutions, residents and businesses are being displaced. The Downtown Oakland Specific Plan, now in process, provides an opportunity to address displacement and think big about the future of downtown.

SPUR Comments on SF Inclusionary Affordable Legislation

Policy Letter April 1, 2016
SPUR comments on legislation altering San Francisco's inclusionary housing policy following the Board of Supervisors' adoption of the policy resolution "Establishing City Policy Maximizing a Feasible Inclusionary Affordabel Housing Requirement and Adding Exceptions."

Oakland’s Plan for Facing the Housing Crisis Head On

News March 7, 2016
Oakland is experiencing a housing crisis that threatens to irrevocably change the city. Part of the problem is the imbalance between job growth and housing supply. Last year, Mayor Schaaf assembled a Housing Implementation Cabinet of housing experts, advocates and practitioners to look at the issue. Last week, the cabinet released its action plan to preserve 17,000 existing homes and create 17,000 new ones.

SPUR Comments on Changes to SF Inclusionary Housing Requirements

Policy Letter February 24, 2016
An inclusionary housing requirement can be an important tool for generating below-market rate housing in San Francisco. However, it can backfire if it is not done right. Based on our review of development pro formas, we do not believe the proposed 25 percent is workable as a baseline requirement. SPUR strongly recommends basing changes to inclusionary housing requirements on analysis of their financial feasibility.

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