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

    Room for More

    Our housing agenda for San Jose lays out 20 concrete steps the city can take to address the chronic housing shortage, ranging from fixing its planning process to finding more funding for affordable housing.

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  • 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

What’s Next for Housing Now That SB 50 Has Been Deferred to 2020?

News May 22, 2019
Earlier this month, controversial state zoning bill SB 50 was denied a committee hearing, meaning the state legislature won't pass it in 2019. But the push to increase housing supply goes on. Quite a number of other housing bills are still under consideration, and SPUR is supporting many of them.

SPUR Supports SB 18 to Expand Statewide Rental Assistance and Legal Aid

Policy Letter May 21, 2019
SB 18 will help prevent individuals and families from falling into homelessness by providing additional funding to the California Department of Housing and Community Development for rental assistance and legal aid, and requiring HCD to post informational material about landlords’ obligations to tenants on their website.

SPUR Supports State Bill 13 to Reduce Barriers to Building Accessory Dwelling Units

Policy Letter May 21, 2019
SB 13 would address many remaining barriers that California property owners face when creating accessory dwelling units. It would reduce or eliminate some fees, shorten the approvals process, eliminate or loosen replacement parking requirements and reduce other administrative burdens. SPUR believes this legislation takes real, concrete steps that would make the creation of new ADUs easier.

SPUR Supports SB 330 to Remove Barriers to Building New Housing

Policy Letter May 21, 2019
California SB 330 intends to remove many barriers to the creation of new housing. It prohibits cities from imposing housing moratoriums and bans requirements that local voters approve increases in density, among other changes. SPUR strongly supports SB 330 in concept. The bill is complicated and covers a lot of territory, so we encourage proponents to identify how to make the requirements feasible and implementable.

SPUR Supports AB 1485, Statewide Incentives for "Missing Middle" Housing

Policy Letter May 21, 2019
SPUR supports California AB 1485, which would help clear a path for much-needed housing developments that target the “missing middle." The bill would do so by making projects with a higher percentage of units reserved for moderate and middle-income households eligible to utilize SB 35.

SPUR Supports AB 1706, Financial Feasibility Incentives for "Missing Middle" Housing

Policy Letter May 21, 2019
SPUR supports California AB 1706, which would provide incentives to build much-needed housing that targets the “missing middle." The bill would provide financial feasibility incentives and a shortened approval timeline to Bay Area housing development proposals that provide mixed-income housing, serve the missing middle, pay prevailing wages and meet certain infill location requirements.

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