306 posts categorized "Community"

03/17/2014

Housing Initiative: Mayor Announces Home Loan Assistance Program

6a01156ebcb4c7970c01a3fcd4a703970cSan Francisco, CA—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the doubling of loan amounts for San Francisco’s Down Payment Assistance Loan Program (DALP), a homeownership program that provides financial assistance to low- to moderate-income first time home buyers, by offering a deferred-payment loan that requires no repayment for 40 years or at the re-sale of the unit. Starting this week, individual loans of up to $200,000 will be available to qualified buyers.

“The expansion of the DALP program proves the immediate and tangible impact of the Housing Trust Fund to assist the City’s first time home buyers and provide homeownership opportunities for San Francisco residents,” said Mayor Lee. “This down payment assistance program has assisted many working families in our City and will continue to support our diverse workforce that is so critical to our economy.” Read more.

03/13/2014

Volunteer Startups: Mayor Announces Startups Selected for EIR Program

13mar2014_mayorMayor Edwin M. Lee announced that the City has selected six startup companies to participate in a new “Entrepreneurship-in-Residence” program, a voluntary, sixteen-week collaboration to bring together the private sector and City departments to explore innovative solutions to civic challenges that can lower costs, increase revenue, and enhance productivity.

“San Francisco is home to the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, the ones who have ‘disrupted’ numerous industries, and we are bringing those same disruptive technologies to improve delivery of City services for our residents,” said Mayor Lee. “The Entrepreneurship-in-Residence program brings together government and startups to explore ways we can use technology to make government more accountable, efficient and responsive.” Read more.

02/06/2014

Housing Initiative: Mayor Announces Acceleration of Housing Production

06feb2014_new_housingMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that he will implement recommendations resulting from a Mayoral Executive Directive to accelerate housing production and preserve existing housing stock. The Working Group recommends prioritizing new 100 percent affordable housing, moderate-income units and market rate housing that offers on-site affordable units.
 
“With a robust economic recovery, accelerating our housing production is a top priority for our City,” said Mayor Lee. “The Working Group’s recommendations provide a series of in-depth changes that will not only help us build 30,000 new homes by 2020, but also ensures that we protect current tenants’ rights and preserve existing affordable rental apartments. I thank Department of Building Inspection, Planning Department and other members of the Working Group for preparing these recommendations so that we can ensure our City remains an affordable place to live for all residents.” Read more.

01/23/2014

Public Housing: Mayor Announces City Receives Federal Housing Assistance

Mayor Announces City Receives Federal Rental Assistance Program AwardMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the Obama administration has approved San Francisco’s public housing improvement plan, the largest such plan in the country, by approving a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD), that will help refinance and preserve up to 4,584 public housing units.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s approval for San Francisco is a crucial first step in Mayor Lee’s Public Housing Re-Envisioning Plan. Mayor Lee met yesterday with HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones during the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) 82nd Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. to continue advocating for additional resources and assistance to improve public housing. Read more.

01/15/2014

Safe Streets: Mayor Announces Pedestrian Safety Initiative

Pedestrian_safetyMayor Edwin M. Lee joined by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) announced the new "Be Nice, Look Twice" public awareness campaign, which will launch in February. The campaign will remind all road users to not only slow down and pay more attention to their surroundings, but also help and care for one another as we all travel San Francisco’s streets and sidewalks. 

"Pedestrian safety continues to be a key focus as our City grows," said Mayor Lee. "San Francisco is a City that walks, and we all have a shared responsibility to protect and care for the most vulnerable users on our City streets. By looking out for each other and by driving more slowly and carefully, we can make a big impact on improving safety for those walking in San Francisco. This new campaign will be culturally competent and will touch all corners of San Francisco." Read more.