SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Danny Glover, actor and activist will endorse Proposition I, the Mission District housing moratorium, and the re-election of San Francisco
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.
The endorsement took place publicly at 3:00 p.m. in San Francisco at 24th Street and Mission Boulevard, near the 24th Street Mission BART station.
Housing has solidified as one of the most important issues in the city’s 2015 election. Gabriel Metcalf, president and CEO of public policy research company SPUR, said, “It’s the No. 1 issue in every poll.”
Five propositions on the ballot deal with housing and development, either directly or indirectly, and proposed solutions for the housing availability issues facing the city are essential to candidate platforms.
The development of new affordable housing opportunities is a key component of the Mayor’s Mission Action Plan 2020, which aims to retain low to moderate income residents and community-serving businesses and nonprofits in order to preserve the socioeconomic diversity of the Mission District.
“We are thrilled to be in contract for a site that has already worked through its entitlement process and that will bring a substantial number of new affordable family apartments to a neighborhood with great need,” said MOHCD Director Olson Lee. “We look forward to a speedy review and approval process by the Board of Supervisors.”
This will be the fourth new, multi-family affordable housing development in the Mission neighborhood to get underway this year.
Other sites in progress include: 1950 Mission Street with over 120 units of family rental housing that MOHCD just concluded the developer selection process; 17th and Folsom Streets, which will add another 100 units of family transition-aged youth housing to the neighborhood for which MOHCD recently received development proposals; and 1296 Shotwell Street, which will house at least 50 low-income and homeless seniors, for which MOHCD issued an RFP on July 3rd. MOHCD is working with Mission Neighborhood Center on a site at 24th and Harrison Streets for the development of approximately 35 affordable senior housing apartments.