San Francisco has launched the 2022 Housing Element update, in an effort to craft policies that address the city’s housing needs.
Officials held a virtual town hall on Saturday to get input from residents of the city’s Richmond District, where affordability is an issue.
"We have a large portion of renters in the Richmond paying more than 30% of their income in rent, and we know that this will get worse post pandemic," said Kimia Haddadan, Senior Planner with the San Francisco Planning Department.
She told KCBS Radio that over the last 10 years, there hasn’t been a lot of new development in general in the Richmond District.
“Most of the new housing has been built on the east side of the city, so the housing needs of our families, seniors and youth in the west side neighborhoods have just not been met,” Haddadan said.
One resident said she agrees that the Richmond needs more affordable housing, but not at the expense of excessive development in the neighborhood.
"Use existing structures to make them affordable, rather than build new," she said. "One of the great things about the outer west side is we still have a great skyline."
The city’s housing element policies were last updated in 2014.
City Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, who represents the area, is working to create a community organization focused on developing affordable housing in the neighborhood.