Leaders in San Francisco, including Mayor Ed Lee, say that developers should be required to build more affordable housing to go with the market-rate housing they plan to build. This position is shared by a number of housing organizations and civic leaders. But a ballot measure to do exactly that—to boost the existing requirements for new affordable housing—is giving these supporters pause.
In June, San Francisco residents will vote on a slew of measures, among them Proposition C, which would more than double the required on-site affordable-housing requirement for new developments. Raising this requirement from 12 percent to 25 percent could double the amount of below-market housing coming online in San Francisco, the thinking goes. So why don’t housing advocates care for Proposition C?