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.

02/28/2014

Employment Pilot: Mayor Announces Program to Help Long Term Unemployed

Unemployment_28feb14Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched Platform to Employment (P2E), a new pilot workforce development program that provides a pathway to employment for long-term unemployed workers. In San Francisco, approximately 4,200 residents are losing their Federal unemployment benefits which are used to pay for everyday expenses. The program participants receive three tiers of critical assistance: job readiness workshops, counseling and behavioral health services and eight weeks of work experience at a local company.  

"At a time when thousands of people are losing their Federal unemployment extension benefits in our City, Platform to Employment helps the long-term unemployed get back on track," said Mayor Lee. "Platform to Employment will help the long-term unemployed overcome challenges by providing new job search skills, access to financial counseling, and an opportunity to re-enter the workforce." Read more.

02/27/2014

Muni Funding: Mayor Announces Google Gift to Fund Muni for Youth

Muni Funding: Mayor Announces Google Gift to Fund Muni for YouthMayor Edwin M. Lee, Board President David Chiu, Supervisor David Campos, Supervisor Scott Wiener and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) today announced an unprecedented $6.8 million gift from Google to fund an additional two years of Free Muni for Low Income Youth. The popular pilot program is currently funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission through June 2014 and provides monthly free muni passes to more than 31,000 low-income San Francisco youth ages 5 to 17. The $6.8 million gift is one of the largest private contributions towards direct City services in San Francisco history.

"Continuing to provide free Muni for thousands of young people from lower-income households will help make our City more affordable for working families," said Mayor Lee. "With this unprecedented gift from Google, we can keep this successful pilot program running for at least two more years at no cost to taxpayers or Muni riders and free up critical funds for other vital Muni maintenance and services. Google is demonstrating with real action and real resources that they are a true partner in addressing our City's affordability crisis for lower and middle-income families. I want to thank Google for this enormous gift to the SFMTA, and I look forward to continuing to work with this great San Francisco employer towards improving our City for everyone." 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.