"Top 25 Finalists for 2020 Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability Announced"

Yahoo Finance | January 27, 2020

Housing innovators selected for their work to make housing more affordable

Construction and Design

“…Panoramic Interests – San Francisco, California
https://www.panoramic.com/
Panoramic Interests is designing a high-density, prefab, studio apartment building. The prototype, CITYSPACE Studios, is a prefabricated affordable dwelling with units for the homeless that can be easily configured into apartment complexes on existing underutilized city-owned lots.”

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"Inside the $1,000 underground ‘sleeping pods’ that a developer wants to build in San Francisco’s super crowded housing market"

Business Insider | January 25, 2020

  • A developer is proposing new housing plans to the city of San Francisco that include 88 50-square-foot underground “sleeping pods.”
  • The pods, which are essentially bunk beds stacked together dormitory-style, will be located in windowless subterranean basement levels of two proposed apartment buildings in the Mission District.
  • The pods would be priced between $1,000 and $1,375 with curtains instead of doors for privacy.
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"Inside the mile-long California homeless camp that is tearing a town apart as Silicon Valley house prices soar"

The Independent | January 24, 2020

Residents of the Sonoma homeless camp have lost properties through natural disasters or simply can’t afford California’s prices

On the outskirts of Santa Rosa, the first real city to emerge as you drive through the rolling wine country north of San Francisco, two new settlements hum with life.

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"Scaling Up: How Superstar Cities Can Grow to New Heights"

Manhattan Institute | January 23, 2020

For decades, urban policy has focused on troubled cities—those losing population and commercial activity. But in many cities, the era of decline is over; today, we are seeing the emergence of prosperous, economically dynamic cities, often located on America’s coasts.

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"Panoramic Interests Seeks $80MM JV Equity Investment for First Phase of Apartment Development in Oakland"

The Registry | January 17, 2020

San Francisco-based Panoramic Interests is looking for a joint venture equity partner to join its 500 Kirkham apartment project in Oakland.

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"Home ownership is the West’s biggest economic-policy mistake"

The Economist | January 16, 2020

It is an obsession that undermines growth, fairness and public faith in capitalism

Economies can suffer both sudden crashes and chronic diseases. Housing markets in the rich world have caused both types of problem. A trillion dollars of dud mortgages blew up the financial system in 2007-08.

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"What Would It Take to End Homelessness?"

The New York Times | January 13, 2020

“…Housing First turned that upside down, …This has been enormously successful, housing about 85 percent of the most complex folks…”

“…The vast majority of people who become homeless could be easily housed if there were housing that they could afford on their income…”

“…For everyone else, we need to focus on increasing the supply of extremely low-income housing by building very low-income housing, preserving what exists, and providing sufficient vouchers (right now, only a quarter of households who qualify get them)…”

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"Poll: 97% of San Franciscans see homelessness as a problem — 69% approve of homeless housing in their neighborhoods"

Mission Local | January 7, 2020

“…The poll finds 72 percent support for simply giving homes to the homeless — … Providing Section 8 rental vouchers for homeless people met with 76 percent approval…”

“…This polling, he continued, “demonstrates support for this type of solution is widespread…”

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"SF to lease buildings for formerly homeless as it struggles to get people off the streets"

SF Chronicle | January 7, 2020

San Francisco is making 151 units in two residential hotels available for formerly homeless people, a more affordable and faster option than creating new units in a city where subsidized housing costs $700,000 a unit and five years to build.

“…The city hopes the first occupants at both hotels will be able to move in by April. The Post will charge $1,300 a unit per month and the Abigail will charge $1,400. Residents will be expected to pay 30% of their income — whatever it may be — toward rent, with the city subsidizing the remainder…”

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