Federal agency OKs preferences at new SF senior housing complex

By J.K. Dineen : sfchronicle -excerpt

Supervisor London Breed called the decision “a monumental victory for everyone who — like me — is struggling to stay in San Francisco.”

In what San Francisco officials are calling a victory in the fight to retain working-class families in a rapidly gentrifying city, the federal government ruled Wednesday that it will allow the city to apply an “anti-displacement preference” to the new Willie B. Kennedy senior apartment complex in the Western Addition.

While the Department of Housing and Urban Development is still rejecting the city’s “neighborhood preference” legislation, which it says violates the 1968 Fair Housing Act, the ruling will allow 40 percent of the 98 units in Willie B Kennedy to be prioritized for residents who live in low-income neighborhoods undergoing displacement and experiencing advanced gentrification, as defined by a research analysis conducted by UC Berkeley.

That includes census tracts in the Western Addition, Bayview, Russian Hill, Mission and South of Market neighborhoods…(more)

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