SF’s plan for better housing opportunities was just rejected

"Great Hwy." by Rodrigo Paredes licensed under CC BY 2.0
Great Hwy.” by Rodrigo Paredes licensed under CC BY 2.0

Source: SF Chronicle

The Department of Housing and Urban Development just rejected a major plan by the city of San Francisco to help the population of African Americans in the city to land more housing opportunities in the face of gentrification.

In December, SF city officials had finalized the housing plan in response to the increasing displacement of African American families and individuals. The population of African Americans living in the city has already dropped to just 5.7 percent today, compared to 13.7 percent in 1970 and will likely suffer from the decision.

The plan essentially would set aside 40 percent of subsidized units and new, major affordable housing developments for qualified people already living within a half mile of the development or district.

Ultimately, the project aimed to help improve conditions for hundreds of African Americans suffering displacement from gentrification. But the project was rejected on the premise that it violates the Fair Housing Act.

Proponents of the project argue that that housing project was developed as a ‘tool of inclusion’ rather than a tool of discrimination in violation of fair housing legislation.

Read full story at: SF Chronicle

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