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

How Is Oakland Doing on Its Affordable Housing Goals?

News April 26, 2017
The rate of increase in rents and home sale prices may have slowed, but Oakland still has the fourth highest rents in the nation, and housing remains unaffordable to too many. In 2016, the city set high goals for addressing the housing shortage — but how much progress has been made since then?

SPUR Supports SB 167: Housing Accountability Act

Policy Letter April 25, 2017
SPUR supports SB 167, which will strengthen the Housing Accountability Act, which will prevent localities from saying "no" to housing at the expense of California as a whole.

SPUR Supports SB 680

Policy Letter April 25, 2017
SPUR supports SB 680, which expands the maximum distance within which BART is allowed to develop a transit-oriented development project, from 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile.

SPUR Supports Dwelling Unit Mix Requirements

Policy Letter April 25, 2017
SPUR supports the Dwelling Unit Mix Requirements legislation, which would amend the SF Planning Code to add a third option for possible unit mixes in certain Eastern Neighborhoods Mixed-Use Districts.

SPUR Supports AB 1423

Policy Letter April 25, 2017
SPUR supports AB 1423, a bill that would require charter cities to submit an annual progress report on housing element implementation and progress toward meeting their fair share of regional housing needs.

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