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i certainly hope my facts are accurate, but you should determine the matter for yourselves. i would be curious to know the strike price if i am correct. at previous board boxes fell into the direction to install a sewer site on the bridge, and they stuck to their comment, rather than to appear politically decisive. >> chair fewer: thank you. any other members of the public like to speak on this? seeing none, public comment is now closed. so colleagues, i'd like to take this in two parts. one to make a motion to pass this to the full board with a positive recommendation. can i have a second? >> clerk: as a committee report? >> chair fewer: as a committee report, thank you very much. and we can take seconded by supervisor stefani.
we can take that without objection. thank you very much. on item number 3, i'd like to vote on simple amendment. i gave a copy to each of you, page 3, lines 8 and 9, very simply, it is a little language difference. so can we first vote on those amendments? second by president yee, without objection. and then, continue item number 3 until the meeting next week -- as amended. second by supervisor raphael mandelman. thank you very much. madam clerk, can you please call items 4 and 5 together. >> clerk: yes. item 4 is a resolution determining and declaring that the public interest and necessity demand the construction, development, acquisition, improvement, rehabilitation, preservation
and repair of affordable housing improvements and related costs necessary or convenient to be financed through bond indebtedness in an amount not to compete $500 million. authorizing landlords to pass through 50% of the resulting property tax increase to residential tenants, providing for the levy and collection of taxes. item number is an ordinance calling and providing for a special election to be held in the city and county of san francisco on tuesday, november 5, 2019 for the purpose of submitting to san francisco voters a proposition to incur bonded indebtedness not to exceed $500 million to finance the construction, development, acquisition, improvement, rehabilitation, preservation, and repair of affordable housing improvement and relates costs necessary or convenient
to the foregoing purposes. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. i believe we have someone from housing development to speak here today. would you like us to start with the b.l.a. report first? >> yes plea, please, that woul great. >> chair fewer: okay. can we have the b.l.a. part. >> dan gonchar with the budget and legislative analyst's office. >> file 19-0495 is a proposed ordinance that would call for a special election to be held in san francisco on november 5, 2019.
in order to submit to san francisco voters a proposition to incur not to exceed $500 million of bond indebtedness. proposition a was approved by the voters in 2015, provided for the issuance of $310 million in general obligation bonds for affordable housing in the city. table 1 on page 11 of our report shows the budget for that 2015 affordable housing bond. the proposed ordinance would involve placing a new proposition on the november 2019 ballot to approve the issuance of $500 million in general obligation bonds for affordable housing in the city. of that, $150 million would be allocated to new housing. $200 million would be allocated
to construction, development, acquisition, and improvement and rehabilitation and residenc reservation of existing housing. on table 2 on page 12 of our report outlines the possible uses for the proposed 2019 affordable housing bond. the estimated repayment of the bond over 20 years is $897 million of which $397 million is interest and $500 million is principle. estimated annual payments would be $40 million.
approval of the proposed ordinance and resolution is a policy decision for the board of supervisors. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. miss hartley, are we ready? >> good afternoon, supervisors. kate hartley, director of the san francisco mayor's office of housing and community development. let's see...i think if we can get the -- thank you. we are very pleased to be here today to present the 2019 general obligation bond for affordable housing. it began as a $500 million bond, and we are expecting to use those funds in a wide variety of ways for predevelopment to jump start new developments, land acquisitions, the preservations of existing buildings as an
antidisplacement measure, homes for teachers, and pay downs for households, and new construction. we expect these will serve families, seniors, individuals, people experiencing homelessness, people who are struggling to stay in san francisco, working and housed but still struggling, middle-income households who would like to set down roots with a home purchase. we believe this will help prevent homelessness, help address climate change issues by keeping people in san francisco and close to their jobs and also of course to generally keep the city diverse and vibrant. the bond categories were set for low-income housing, senior housing, middle-income housing and preservation in the
middle-income category. and again, we started with $500 million. there were several stakeholders meetings, community meetings, and a great deal of discussion that resulted in these allocations that you see before you. we are very happy to say that we now are fortunate enough to have not $500 million to allocate, but $600 million to allocate among the various categories, and those allocations are currently under discussion by supervisors and the mayor's office. i know that everyone is anxious to get to public comment, and so i'll just be very brief in going through the categories for those who are not familiar with how the original allocations were made. the first is $150 million for public housing to continue on the work that we have done with the public transformation of
public housing is really a promise fulfilled. we have the last two remaining large distressed public housing sites, sunnydale and potrero. these funds will enable us to do emergency repairs. as many saw last week at the mayor's budget announcement, we'll replace every single unit 1:1, and we have new net housing. we leverage our funds with tax credits and other funds with the state and federal government. we serve a wide variety of households, and many vulnerable households. these funds will serve everybody from working families, people experiencing homelessness, transition aged youth, veterans, and more.
you can see if you're in housing at 30% a.m.i. and you have to be out on the market looking for housing, it's virtually impossible to afford an apartment. we have strong antidisplacement going on, and we want to further strengthen that, to $30 million was committed to convert permanent housing into affordable housing. and middle-income households, we have a very successful down payment assistance loan program. we also have a subset of those programs called the teacher next door program, and so we want to serve middle-income households with refunding the down payment assistance loan program and teacher next door.
and you can see how difficult it is pork our working families in san francisco to buy a home. the affordability gap is huge. and finally, our senior housing. i think we're all in agreement with our ageing population, we want to serve seniors better and serve more seniors, especially those on fixed incomes are particularly vulnerable. the original allocation was $90 million for this category, and it would serve -- it would provide funds for new construction. we want to use those as efficiently as possible so we'll leverage other funds, and we can also serve seniors in existing buildings, as well. we will be needing to make amendments because of the additional $100 million available. you can see the calendar here,
so the decision-making process has some approval. we'll distribute the funds in tranches over time, and we hope to have all the funds disbursed and working within five years of the original issuance. and that is my presentation and i'm happy to answer questions. thank you. >> chair fewer: okay. thank you very much. questions? president yee? >> president yee: no questions. just want to add to the comments and how exciting it is to number one focus on the affordable housing bond and for us to have grown it from $300
million to $500 million. sometimes you get comfortable and say oh, we're done. and there's an additional $100 million. i know that my office and additional offices have been in discussion with the mayor's office to figure out how to divide up that $100 million to add to the $500 million. so today, there won't be any amendments made, but we actually need to make amendments. but since we don't know the exact numbers in terms of the categories we have, we're hoping to get that done by next week. that's one of my goals, to work with everybody including the mayor's office to make that
happen. and then, the other thing, i know many of my colleagues were very concerned about whether or not labor was going to be able to work out an agreement in regards to this particular bond measure. and i met with some of the labor folks this morning, and they were telling me that they're really close to coming up with a concept that they agreed to, and that they would have a sign -- would have some agreement for us in writing. and i don't know if, miss hartley, if it's okay for me to mention this at this point, but i think it's good to put on the record, that there's some agreement that's been made to mitigate some of the concerns
of the labor folks in regards to the bond measure. so that's good news because i think now it gives us a much clearer path forward to make sure that we're going to get our two dlsh thirds vo-thirds . so that's all i wanted to say, and i'm really looking forward to public comment. >> chair fewer: supervisor stefani? >> supervisor stefani: thanks to president yee for continuing the work to get us this far. i just wanted to put on the record, as you all know, i've introduced legislation to create a new program to preserve and expand cooperative housing opportunities for people living with severe mental illness and substance use. and given that we have this
extra $100 million in a bond, i would like to see even a small portion go towards this really important type of housing available in our portfolio, so i wanted to mention that, as well as the preference that we would add some additional funding to predevelopment housing. given this type of housing not only for the people suffering most in our city but for many people experiencing homelessness, so i just wanted to put those two comments on the record. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. i just wanted to say the affordable housing preservation fund, the $30 million, i think for the small sites program will help neighborhoods who are
suffering from losing a lot of affordable housing. in the last ten years, i've lost 500 units of affordable housing in my neighborhood, and i know that 500 units of affordable housing have not been built. i also wanted to mention senior housing, and how they are at a very low-income, and we are woefully unprepared for our emerging senior population. i think supervisor ronen, working on the m.c.o. with me helped us realize how the city is so ill prepared for this emerging population with a lot of needs, and a high need is housing. so i'd like to see more funding put towards senior housing, which i think is our social responsibility. but with that, if we have no more comments -- you still -- >> supervisor ronen: i still -- you sparked my memory, if you wouldn't mind if i just added
one more comment. that also an important part that i think i'd like to add in language somewhere, and i'm not sure where the appropriate place is, if it's in the reports that came out of the working group, if it's in the resolution or the ordinance, but i understand and respect supervisor fewer's -- or chair fewer's statement on economic balance, but i want to add especially for mine and especially the mission district, to add some language that in addition to geographic balance, that we need to also have some emphasis on neighborhoods where there's the greatest loss of existing protected housing. and i think that -- that that -- having both of those is sort of guiding principles of how this money will be spent is
important. so i, again, will work with the chair of the committee to see if -- where the most appropriate place is to add that language. thank you. >> chair fewer: thank you. yeah, i agree. i think those that have lost affordable housing and have not received adequate amount of public housing dollars. so let's open this up to public comment. any members of the public -- hello, mr. wright -- that would like to speak on this item? i can call some names, mr. wright, while you're getting together. [nam [names read]
>> chair fewer: okay. so if those people can lineup. mr. wright, you're first. come on down. >> i want to put this in the record, too, and i object to the mayor's office on housing. every time you say 100% affordable housing, and you set the a.m.i. requirement at 40%. now your demonstration took place earlier this week. you said affordable housing, and you're going to start off at 40% of the a.m.i. that means people, the lowest income, you've got to make $68,950 a year to be a tenant to live in the building. and if you're not making that much money, your application is rejected. i appreciate kate hartley coming up and talking about or below. that's a damn lie. in your application, if you're
not making the bait rate where they're starting the -- base rate where they're starting the a.m.i., that's a lie. you're not only doing it here, but you did it again at mission rock when jane kim was here. jane kim said that it's supposed to be 100% affordable housing, and 40% of the 100% pie is supposed to be for low-income people. yet when you have the calculations on the building, the lowest income is 36,300 a year, and the lowest percentage is 2%, and you've got instructions saying that 15% of the brand-new units is supposed to be for very low and low-income bracket people.
1,000 units at mission rock. that means that 225 units are supposed to be included in the housing -- >> chair fewer: thank you, mr. wright, for educating us and reminding us. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is curtis bradford, and i'm chairman of the tenderloin people's congress. i know we're very excited about the idea of having this bond measure pass. we all know how desperately we need this money, and i'm really excited that we're going to be able to add that extra $100 million in there. but i just wanted to bring up a couple small thoughts when we're talking about how to disburse the money. thank you, supervisor ronen because i agree with you totally, some of the money for co -- some more money for co-op style housing for people coming
out of treatment and people with housing issues is really important. we need to build that up. you know, we're talking about mental health s.f. it's not going to work unless it's tied to housing. some other pieces, something with the tenderloin, we really need some money for some larger apartment building acquisition and s.r.o. building and acquisition. we're losing those properties regularly out of our neighborhood. and in a community where they're so vulnerable and they have no place else to go. affordable housing development is not going to happen in my neighborhood. the only way we're going to keep low-income people in my community is if we preserve low-income how's -- existing low-income housing now. we're seeing a real problem. we know the best solution is to acquire the properties and make them permanently affordable, as
many as we can, but to do that, we're going to have to get more money and loosen the rules so we can get even these speculatives off the market, as well. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is annie chen. thank you so much for giving us the $100 dlmillion to add to t $500 million housing bond. there's a chart that we have been showing that when -- before affordable housing units were built, they were built for seniors that make a minimum of $2,000 a month in order to even qualify to apply. but really, many of the seniors, 24% of the seniors in san francisco are over 62 and
live in poverty, and the number's probably around 20,000, and these seniors were never able to apply for those affordable units. so there's been articles that talked about affordable housing not affordable to the extremely low-income seniors. so i want to let you know that approximately right now there's 669 units or about 12% of senior housing are in the pipeline. and to address the needs of these extremely low-income seniors, our committee recommended -- working committee recommended construction of an additional 750 units at a cost of approximately $180 million. the housing bond at the $500 million level just set aside 90 million for senior housing, so thank you very much. but we urge the committee to please find additional money for the senior housing earmarked for a.m.i. between 15
and 25%. thank you very much. >> hi. good afternoon, supervisors, my name is zura peace green, and i am a proud resident of potrero public housing. i live there, and i also work there. i just wanted to bring a couple of things to your attention. residents have been living in poor conditions for quite a long time, and so it is very important that this many goes to both potrero hill and -- that this money goes to both potrero hill and sunnydale. there are more seniors and aged out youth to live on the streets. you have to ask yourself, would you allow your mother and father to live on the streets? unless you don't really like them, the answer would be know. you have to look at affordable.
right now, they're saying that low-income is six figures. so that means that those of us are really, really low. so you want if look at what is -- want to look at what is really affordable. there is no reason why seniors living on -- there is no way that seniors living on social security, that they aren't living comfortable. i urge you to really look -- you know you have the money. it's just that you have to move it from one place and stop letting the big wigs from coming in and not paying any taxes or not paying their just due, to push this through and add on to it. just so you know, there's going to be some youth coming through in a few months to talk about having fruits and vegetables in our corner stores, in our low-income communities, which
is not being enforced, is really important, as well. thank you. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. fernando marti with the council of housing organizations. i do not envy the position you are in, trying to allocate these extremely important needs within the pot of money that you have before you, trying to meet the needs for low-income seniors, trying to meet the needs for supportive housing, trying to meet the need for public housing, providing geographic balance in those neighborhoods that have not seen any investment, as well as those that have seen a loss of public housing, and trying to preserve our low-income buildings and s.r.o.s. so you have a bill challenge ahead of you, and we should be proud of ourselves that we'll be putting before the voters a
bond measure of ov over $.5 million, but we have to understand that this is far beyond the needs of what this can provide. a few things that i want to point out, this bond that we've talked about as being now one of our capital plan, and i think we would love to see you, our supervisors, and our mayor stand before us and commit to putting another bond before the voters every five years just as we do for parks and for emergency services and for other things. i think it would be great to take the measure that supervisor fewer has put before you around the eraf allocations in the future and have the mayor join the board of supervisors and say yes, going
into the future, we are going to allocate those funds going into the -- going forward, and every five years, but into the few tour. >> chair fewer: thank you. next speaker. >> it is not the mayor's prerogative, it is the board of supervisors prerogative. and let me urge you to take a strong look at making as much of this bond as possible affordable to extremely low-income households. i've handed out a little thing -- i know you're very focused on navigation centers. we've produced 710 beds in navigation centers and created in the last five years, 120 exits. that doesn't work. in order just to produce enough exits, enough housing to house people in current navigation
supports, which you all support, will take $130 million of this bond. that isn't talking about transition aged youth and seniors. do you realize what the a.m.i. is for people living on social security in san francisco? it's 15% of a.m.i. that's the average social security check. do you see what the average s.s. -- do you know what the average s.s.i. check is in terms of a.m.i.? it's 16% of a.m.i. 50% of this bond has to be aimed at extremely low-income people if we're going to meet the needs of low-income seniors, exiting individuals, and youth. so it's critically important
that you exercise your policy power and make sure that at least 60% of this bond goes to households earning 30% of a.m.i. or below. only 2.8% of the affordable housing budget in san francisco since the last bond to household earning 30% of a.m.i. >> clerk: thank you. >> chair fewer: thank you, mr. welch. next speaker. >> thank you, supervisors. my name is myrna melgar, and i'm the executive director of the jamestown community center, also the president of the planning commission. i had the honor of cochairing the -- one of the committees for the bond. i cochaired the middle-income and preservation committee, and we had a very wide group of folks from labor, nonprofit, housing developers. supervisor fewer was on my
committee. i was very honored to have her, and i'm here to ask you to please consider the needs of middle-income folks. so i spent many years at the mayor's office of housing working as a program director. i joke -- although it's not a joke, that i have friends left in the city because of that program. so nonprofits, teachers, nurses, folks who are now increasingly having to commute from places like modesto and stockton don't quite qualify for the low-income housing that we have but in no way can afford to live here, and they leave. they leave when they have kids, and they leave between the double whammy of school and housing. my organization did community housing work. it's the low-income small sites that allow us to have parity in
areas that are not zoned for the kinds of lots that will allow for very low-income housing. so i am here to just present to you that we had a very good working committee, but also to ask you to consider moderate income housing and the tools that that allows because it also allows us to leverage different kinds of money from different kinds of places other than the city. so thank you very much for considering my words. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, supervisors, chair fewer, and members of the budget and finance committee. this is the last time i can say hello. i am gail gilman, director of the senior housing partnership. i'm so happy that this will be my last hearing in this capacity. also as a principle officer in 2015, the first bond of $300 million, i'm here today to talk to you how excited we are about the growth of the bond at $600 million, and to really listen
to the working groups and their recommendations. i was very impressed as someone who's worked on a bond campaign before how this mayor chose to bring together these community groups with these community leaders. all of these needs are important. we need to invest in hope s.f. 60% of community housing residents as children lived in public housing. that is something we need to fix by building strong public housing communities. seniors is the largest point in the housing system, and senior dedicated supportive housing is slim. senior housing and protecting the seniors is important. we also know that we need nonprofit workers to be able to
live in the communities that they work and serve. less than 20% of the staff live in the city and county of san francisco. as someone who worked there 20 years ago, all 47 of our staff, i am proud to say, live in san francisco. we have a housing crisis that affects everyone from extremely low-income to moderate income households. as a voter in district 3, i was my bartender, my dry cleaner, and my shoemaker to live in san francisco. >> chair fewer: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> supervisors, chair fewer, i'm just going to assume that gail was talking about me when she said her shoemaker, but it could be somebody else. i want to echo somebody's comment before me. calvin's comment about extremely low-income, and
myrna's comments about the need to make sure this serves a lot of folks. i do want to come back to calvin's comment for a second because i think something that's possibly not well understood in this bond is just how that money is going to serve that population. so we've had the privilege of working in housing in sunnydale. the average household income in sunnydale is about $15,000 a year. many of you were out for the budget speech. i saw and spoke to many of you there. possibly the hardest issue we face as a city, whether it's the senior housing we built, whether it's supervisor mandelman's district or another district, is the absence of rent subsidies. the average senior in mercy housing earned $11,000 a year, and we can't serve them right
now because of the absence of rent subsidies. so the one giant thing that we are looking to preserve is the rent subsidies, so i encourage you to continue to support that element of the bond as well as the rest. thank you so much. >> good afternoon, supervisors. thanks for having us here today. i'm sam moss, the executive director of mission housing development corporation. i don't know what else to say that hasn't already been said. i certainly echo all of the support. i really do want to stress about the need for the board of supervisors to officially make it be known that we will be having a bond every five years with the absolutely avalanche of data and white papers and whatever you have about it how housing is the most important thing, that it touches everything from health to
street safety. you know, we even build parks, too, so i would urge you to do that. thank you. >> thank you, supervisors. i was in a workshop this morning about this issue at a senior center. couple of things that were said by the seniors is that one said that we need to create housing for seniors and not create homeless seniors. another person says let's fix the crack in san francisco's heart. i want to just echo what others have said. we need to really address the needs of extremely low-income seniors in san francisco. i showed the seniors in the program this morning the chart of the -- the income that they need to have in order to qualify for affordable senior
housing. not one person in our workshop this morning qualifies, has the income to qualify for senior affordable housing. they fall within the 10%, the 15% a.m.i. most are on fixed incomes, social security, or s.s.i. they are very low-income. some of the incomes that i saw in our workshop, one person makes $670 a month. another person makes $800 a month. none of the seniors that i talked to qualify. most knew they didn't qualify. others were somewhat aghast when they were looking at the income requirements. so let's dedicate some funding to seniors in terms of housing.
we don't want to see anymore houseless seniors, we don't want to see any seniors on the streets. let's fix the crack in san francisco's heart and let's pay ample attention to this. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. tere teresa flandrick with seniors and disability counseling. we have an annual report of 500 seniors, all of whom live below the poverty level, and all of them go to counseling because they're about to lose their housing because of their disabilities, because of eviction, and all sorts of reasons. so this is the ugly reality.
so this is just 500 seniors from one counseling group, and you know in the city we have many. do we have the housing that they can then go to? we have preference certificates that aren't working because you know what? we don't have housing that is truly affordable, and i'm talking about that at, you know, the 15, the 25% a.m.i. levels, so we need to make sure we are right now using the bond money, all that we can get, to start using this money right now in the near future and planning for the future. the numbers are not going to dwindle. we do not want more people out on the streets, and we just -- we have to do that. so please, please, let's take care of this population, as well. there's a lot of catching up to do in terms of housing that's truly affordable for seniors.
thank you very much. >> good afternoon, supervisors -- oh, this is -- i broke it again. lorraine petty from district 5, a senior, and i'm also a peer advocate with senior and disability action, which means i'm one of these good people you're hearing from today who actually have to sit face-to-face with people and tell them waiting lists are years long. and then i have to tell them that even if the waiting list was open, they'll never qualify at today's a.m.i.s. so i really appreciate these housing bonds. i'm -- i very much support them. i have a couple concerns, one, that the a.m.i. levels be reduced for real san
franciscans, and the other is that i notice in the text, there's referral to making a 50% pass through to tenants, and i don't know if we're having a $600 million bond issue to help tenants, that it helps them to pass through these costs. so i urge you to think about that very seriously and make sure that they aren't passed through to tenants. thanks. >> hello. my name is maya, and i am with the council of community housing organizations. i just wanted to echo many of the people that have already spoken about making this -- making this bond be a permanent thing in our capital planning cycle. i think it's no news to anyone that we have a huge affordable
housing funding gap, so we need as much consistency as possible in order to meet the scale of our affordable housing needs. and with the additional 100 million, i think there's a lot of additional opportunities we can address that includes preservation and antidisplacement programs? 4,000 units were moved from rent control status over the last ten years. we really need to focus on preserving our existing housing? and i'm a district 2 resident, and district 2 is one of the several districts that has lost 10% of rent stablized units that were built as new affordable units? so that's just another statistic to throw out there. i think that geographic balance should focus on the bond and future funding priorities that
include eraf and prop 13 reform. i'm really hoping we can come together to leverage as much as we can to make sure that our affordable housing is consistent funded. thank you. >> chair fewer: i see people lining up that actually don't have cards. [names read] >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is tamika moss. i first want to say thank you to chair fewer and mayor breed for bringing this legislation forward. i had the privilege of chairing the housing group where we thought about how do we use these funds to uplift community
housing residents. i don't want to actually be in a community where we have to choose between whether or not we support our vulnerable seniors or vulnerable families or vulnerable youth. i want to do it all. and you as the supervisors have a duty to help the people that are struggle to stay in our city and our region. every day, hamilton families go to work, and they come home to our shelter. they don't want that for their children, and we have a duty to the extremely low-income people in our communities, which is why i think we need to think about putting a permanent source of community housing in part of our capital plan so we can provide housing for people who need it most. i also want to thank you for the additional $100 million
that we now have access to. i just ask that when you consider amendments, you consider an inclusive process and include stakeholders in your decision making around how those dollars get spent. thank you. >> hello. my name is theresa imperial. build soar has a program, and we've been advocating for the barriers in affordable housing, and right now, the barrier is the income gap. for the last five years, are clients are, i would say it's between 40 to 90% a.m.i., and that was 90% of our clientele. now it's such a big shift that 30% of our clients are zero to
30% a.m.i.s. and also, when you're talking about a.m.i.s, it's stagnant, fluctuating every year. so we're getting poorer and poorer, and the nonprofit workers are probably considered to be extremely poor income. so we need to, when we're prioritizing this bond, we need to think about the extremely low-income, whether in preservation, extremely low-income housing. i'm glad that we're increasing the bond to $100 more, but we need to think more on the different sources of funding. so yes, i hope to see that more. thank you very much. >> hello. i'm here representing community housing partnership. i'm just here in front of you, supervisors, because i want to
say i really love the city and i love to be here as a part of the community housing partnership. i am here to say that community housing works. i was homeless for 13 years. when i was homeless, i had three boys on the streets of market street which i couldn't bring home because i didn't have any home to bring them to. but since i have a home through community housing partnership, i'm able to bring my son home, four years old. i just want to say i support the community housing act, and i hope you do the same. thank you. >> good afternoon, supervisors. my name is malcolm young. i was one of the subcommittee cochairs on the housing bond working group. i just want to bring to this table the four recommendations
that came out of our group. one was to make sure that we fully fund the shovel ready projects that we shouhave in t pipeline. by doing that, we could create almost 2,000 units almost immediately. number two, making sure we get 1 100% affordable housing projects going. we did ask for some money within the bond to do some projects so that when prop c gets legalized, and it will, we're ready to go right away. i think it's critical that housing be considered infrastructure for this city
and housing be included as a permanent part of the capital planning process because that puts us in a position where we can actually plan long-term and not be in a situation where we're all fighting over the same dollars because we're worried it's not going to come around again. thank you to supervisor fewer and the mayor for putting this forward. $600 million is a lot of money, and we're definitely looking to this passing in november. >> hello, supervisors. my name is c.w. johnson. i just wanted to say i support the seniors bill -- i mean, the seniors bond. the thing is that next year, i will be a senior, and i'm on disability. i notice that the -- there
seems to be no addition for seniors with disability. i just ask that you look with that because a lot of our seniors -- and i become a senior -- may have disability issues, so that may be something you want to put in place. so for people to have certain units that may be accessible, just kind of have a coalition of what we need, like wraparound services. a lot of seniors are isolated like myself that may need mental health support or physical support or just need community building support. so thank you, and i hope this works out and i hope you take into account really low-income housing. thank you. >> hello, supervisors. jessica lehman with senior and
disability action. we work with seniors with and without disabilities as well as adults with disabilities of all ages. and we strongly support having more housing, of course, that's deeply affordable for seniors. it's heartbreaking that all the time, we talk to seniors and people with disabilities who are looking for affordable housing, and almost nothing that is labelled affordable in this city actually works for someone who's living on $900 a month on s.s.i. or who's getti getting ssdi or someone who is sort of retired or trying to find a part-time job at age 75 because they can't live on the tiny little savings that they have. thank you for the work that you've done. we urge you to adopt the findings from the senior housing work group and do as much as you can. i also urge you to look at what we can do in the bond and beyond for seniors with disabilities.
i want to stress that this is very much not about pitting one group against another. as an earlier speaker said, we shouldn't have to choose in this city between groups that are marginalized. we should be able to make sure that everybody has a safe and healthy place to live. just to remind everybody, seniors with disabilities makeup a quarter of our population, so one it's on our ballot, we need those votes. we need to make sure that seniors with disabilities see themselves and know that they have to get out the vote because they are going to need housing. thank you. >> hi. good afternoon, supervisors. my name is alexandra goldman. i just want to thank you all for your continued advocacy on behalf of affordable housing and thanks to all the folks in the room and beyond who have been working really hard. i also want to echo the
sentiments of the other people that we need to keep growing the pie. it's fantastic, and we need to continue to ensure that we grow the amount of money available for affordable housing. until general, tndc is particularly interested in ensuring that there are resources for extremely low-income households and for preservation. one of the great things about building acquisition is that you're helping to preserve a neighborhood in addition to preserving and creating new units of affordable housing. so to that extent, we're really excited to see resources for larger sites that are available in neighborhoods that we focus in, and we're excited to see opportunities in other parts of the city that don't have as much affordable housing. and we're willing to partner with organizations or build capacity in order to ensure geofrage geographic equity when it comes
to housing. so thank you all of you and looking forward to working with you on all of this. thank you. >> hi. laura foote, yimby action. this is something we should be looking at. we also have to make sure this money goes as far as possible. we have to make sure we're supporting the rezoning of public land to allow public housing in more places. too often, affordable housing has slowed down and is stymied in production. we've heard a lot today about
the tension between wanting to make sure that middle-income people are able to live and thrive in the city and the needs of the lowest income people and how, you know, that tension, people say we don't want to pit different groups against one another. there is a tension there? how are we going to divvy up the baddy needed subsidies? we don't have subsidies for affordable housing. as someone who advocates for housing subsidies and housing in general, we shouldn't be redirecting a lot of this funding to middle-income people. the market should be providing for middle-income housing, and we shouldn't be redirecting badly needed low-income housing for teachers and nurses. they should be able to afford housing in this city. i would love to build all only public housing. i don't see