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Proposition A will provide money for affordable housing according to the following categories:

  • $90 million to develop supported housing for people with incomes of $0-$13,000 a year;
  • $60 million to develop rental housing for people with incomes up to $21,000 a year (or 60% of the median income in San Francisco);
  • $25 million for deferred payment loans to low and moderate-income first-time homebuyers;
  • $25 million to develop permanently affordable homes for low-and moderate-income first time homebuyers.

The San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness supports Proposition A. Permanent housing is a cornerstone in the creation of solutions to homeless people, lack of affordable housing is a barrier to exiting homelessness, for all homeless people. However, some populations of homeless people face additional barriers to securing subsidized housing (such as undocumented immigrants). While there is nothing barring hidden populations of homeless people from accessing Proposition A housing, steps must be taken if Prop A passes to ensure housing is available to all who need it. A Popular Assembly was held on Tuesday October 12, 2004 in which over 30 members of the community participated in the formulation of our position concerning Proposition A.

We recommend the inclusion of our communities in the implementation of Proposition A. Immigrants with families, SRO residents, seniors, disabled people, currently and formerly homeless people took part in the Assembly. We would like to emphasize our position that of community involvement in all aspects of this process is important.

Our position on the inclusion implementation of Proposition A (if approved by the voters in the November election) is as follows:

  • We are asking for housing to be developed in which a minimum of 50% would be designed for families. This includes children, dependent adults and domestic partners.
  • We would like to guarantee that all immigrants, regardless of immigration status will have equal access to these units.
  • All housing developed must be ADA compliant and accessible for people with disabilities,
  • Housing must be available for youth aging out of the foster care system, as they are at extremely high risk for homelessness.
  • None of this housing can be set aside, reserved or prioritized for people based on income source. We do not want these funds used to develop housing for Care Not Cash.
  • Non-Profit organizations that do not exclude people based on these criteria should be given priority for funding to build and develop housing.
  • We would like to ensure that homeless and low-income people are involved in the development, construction and operation of the housing. They need to be involved in the day-to-day management of the properties and must be a part of the administrative component of all housing developments.
  • Employment opportunities need to be guaranteed for homeless and low-income individuals and families so that community development is an integral part of all housing funded by Proposition A.
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Author: Street Sheet Editor

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