Housing

Our goal: Make housing affordable for everyone.

SPUR’s Five-Year Priorities:

• Reduce the cost of building housing to make it more affordable for everyone.

• Provide low- and middle-income residents with homes they can afford, and prevent displacement.

• Use housing as a tool for closing the racial wealth gap and leverage public investment to support wealth creation for low-income households.

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  • SPUR Report

    What It Will Really Take to Create an Affordable Bay Area

    The San Francisco Bay Area’s lack of housing and limited affordability have significant ramifications for the people who currently live here, the people who once lived here but have been forced to move elsewhere and the people who used to be housed but now live on the street. These housing pressures are remaking the region’s diversity, culture, economy and environment.

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  • SPUR Report

    Model Places

    Over the next 50 years, the San Francisco Bay Area is expected to gain as many as 4 million people and 2 million jobs. In a region where a crushing housing shortage is already threatening quality of life, how can we welcome new residents and jobs without paving over green spaces or pushing out long-time community members?

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  • SPUR Report

    Room for More

    Our housing agenda for San José 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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    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

    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

Model Places

SPUR Report September 21, 2020
Over the next 50 years, the San Francisco Bay Area is expected to gain 4 million people and 2 million jobs. In a region where a crushing housing shortage already threatens quality of life, how can we welcome new residents and jobs without paving over green spaces or pushing out long-time community members? SPUR partnered with AECOM to envision an equitable and sustainable future region.

From Copenhagen to Tokyo

White Paper August 6, 2020
Different countries have vastly different ways of organizing their housing policies and real estate markets. Could some of them hold solutions to the Bay Area’s housing crisis? To find out, SPUR and AECOM explored housing delivery in Copenhagen, Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Singapore. Each has a compelling and noteworthy approach that could inform future policy innovation in the Bay Area.

SPUR Submits Comments to HCD on Updated SB 35 Housing Approvals Streamlining Guidelines

Policy Letter August 5, 2020
SPUR has joined with California YIMBY to provide comments on the California Department of Housing and Community Development's (HCD) updated guidelines for implementation of SB 35 (Wiener) of 2017, the streamlined ministerial process for multifamily housing approvals. SB 35 has been a success to date and we are pleased to support the Department's latest version of the guidelines and provide additional recommendations for minor modifications.

SPUR Opposes State Legislation to Weaken Key Provisions of Housing Element Law

Policy Letter July 17, 2020
AB 1063 is a bill that was amended on June 29, 2020 and would allow jurisdictions, through the housing element certification process, to identify fewer adequate sites for multifamily housing development by counting potential Accessory Dwelling Units and conversions of market-rate residential units to affordable that may or may not happen during the planning period. SPUR has joined a coalition of housing advocates in opposition.

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