With rent exceeding $4,500 a month for a two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco, housing is unaffordable for 73 percent of the city’s residents. We are losing teachers, artists, bus drivers, police officers, nonprofit workers and families every single day. The high cost of housing affects the very fabric of our neighborhoods and character of our iconic city, and impacts households across the income spectrum, directly connecting to many of the city’s challenges, from homelessness, to health, to education. Now more than ever we must apply our collective brainpower and resources — private and public — to housing.
With rent exceeding $4,500 a month for a two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco, housing is