Affordable Housing in an Unaffordable Region

Palm, Kristin
January 2005
Planning;Jan2005, Vol. 71 Issue 1, p24
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the high cost of housing in the Bay Area in San Francisco. According to the Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation, 21,000 low-income households are in the need of housing in San Francisco alone. The National Low Income Housing Coalition ranks the San Francisco metropolitan statistical area, which includes Marin and San Mateo counties, as the second least affordable area in the U.S. The good news is that the region has a long history of affordable housing production and advocacy, which has resulted in a savvy network of bureaucrats, funders, and nonprofit developers. The article concludes with advocating the need for a plan to tackle homelessness. INSET: Needed: A Game Plan for Homelessness.


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