San Francisco officials are claiming victory in a dispute with federal housing officials regarding a city effort to combat gentrification.The socialists struggle over central planning.
The city had aimed to help low-income residents secure preferences when applying for a new senior housing complex; this week the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it will allow an "anti-displacement" preference for residents living in certain neighborhoods experiencing rapid gentrification.
The ruling means that 40 percent of the 98-unit development — which is partially federally funded — will be set aside for seniors in the Western Addition, Bayview, Russian Hill, Mission and South of Market neighborhoods.
"This is important progress in our efforts to halt the displacement of residents at greatest risk of being forced out of the city they know and love," said Mayor Edwin Lee. "This will thwart the out-migration of African-American and Latino communities who have been deeply impacted by the challenging housing market."