The Details


Let's charge a tax on wealthy corporations in San Francisco to raise over $320 million each year. Large corporations should pay their fair share since they fueled the displacement crisis, and this will be a huge boost for our affordable housing and neighborhood needs!

The Housing Mandate

We will provide money for the City to acquire and rehabilitate, or construct, 30,000 units of municipal housing, publicly-owned and publicly-operated, at a rate of at least 1500 units every three years (about 500 per year), equally distributed across the City (split across Supervisorial Districts {1, 2, 4}, {3, 5, 6}, {7, 8}, and {9, 10, 11}).


Some will be renovated old buildings, some will be new construction, and some will be purchases of perfectly good buildings that have just been sitting vacant for too long. Additional funds or loans from other sources (e.g. bonds or a public bank) can help us both meet and exceed this minimum goal. Groups of Supervisorial districts can increase their minimum goals. It's going to take every tool in the toolbox to get this right.

Green New Deal For Public Housing

Housing construction and commuting are two of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area. This measure will directly address both by renovating existing units to meet strict environmental standards, removing all gas lines, powering all units with Clean Power SF, and ensuring improved rapid, convenient public transit access for all residents. And all the oversight, construction, management, and maintenance jobs will be unionized, paying a solid living wage with benefits and pensions.

Public Transit

All units will be within 0.4 miles of either: a BART station; a Caltrain station; a Muni Light Rail station; a Bus Rapid Transit station; or any other form of public transit that runs every 10 minutes or less during peak commute hours. If the buses near a municipal housing building don't come every 10 minutes, we'll pay around $15M/year to add more drivers, or develop improved mass transit stations. Let's create an affordable, transit-friendly San Francisco that works for the working class.


All housing complexes have to be within 0.4 miles of amenities including: a full-day childcare facility, community meeting rooms for everyone to use, and public restrooms. Childcare centers will be included either onsite (for new construction) or in proximity (for acquired buildings).

You Probably Qualify

Anyone who lives, works, or studies in San Francisco can apply for a vacant unit, as long as you pledge to vacate or sell any second home you own anywhere or any unit you rent in SF after moving in. However, if a Housing Complex is in a low-income census tract, there will be maximum limits on the income levels of applicants to limit gentrification (and e.g. rising food prices) in that census tract.

The City would also be able to acquire almost any residential property that comes up for sale. If you're currently renting, you could try to ask the City to buy your property off the market and lower your rent (and future tenants' rent)! If the City buys your property, you will be guaranteed your original unit.

The lottery for new applicants will be designed to create an equal City-wide distribution of tenants earning between 0-30% of AMI, 30-50% of AMI, 50-80% of AMI, 80-120% of AMI, and over 120% of AMI.


Your maximum monthly rent would be 25% of your household gross income monthly, with a bare minimum rent set at 25% of gross income for a 12 hr/week minimum-wage single person (which works out to around $190/month).

Unit Size

For new applicants, this is based on family size, not income. Single individuals qualify for a studio, two individuals qualify for at least a 1BR, three or four individuals qualify for at least a 2BR, and households with five or more individuals qualify for at least a 3BR. You'll be assisted in finding a larger or smaller unit as the size of your household grows or shrinks for any reason.

Your Voice

Each Housing Complex can form a Community Council (tenant association) made of fellow SFCHA tenants, elected by SFCHA tenants. Tenants can advocate for improvements, organize community-building events, and collectively withhold payment of rent (a "rent strike") if conditions are unsatisfactory, while day-to-day maintenance and management will be performed by unionized employees of the Mayor's Office of Housing.

To help ensure these Community Councils actually form, function well, and advocate for tenants' rights, we also fund tenant advocacy organizations to assist in organizing tenants.

The Mayor's Office of Housing will work with Community Councils and other organizations to develop leadership opportunities for tenants in decision-making, especially youth and under-represented communities, and make sure we get everything right for tenants while meeting all the goals we've set.

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Paid for by SF Community Housing Act Committee

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