Affordable housing units created by providing nonprofits with loans to purchase buildings. The Small Sites Program (SSP) in San Francisco is a publicly funded loan program designed to create permanently affordable units, improve housing conditions, and stabilize housing for vulnerable populations. SSP offers financing for nonprofits to purchase and improve multi-family residential buildings, which are then maintained as permanently affordable units. For instance, the Mission Economic Development Agency has acquired and rehabilitated 177 units to become permanent affordable housing for tenants with low- to moderate-incomes. Learn more.
Photo: Ani Rivera in front of her apartment building purchased by the nonprofit MEDA through San Francisco's Small Sites program. Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner
“ I cannot take one day off or afford to be sick because now I pay more money for rent. $1,425 was what I used to pay — now its $1,950.”
Betty Gabaldon had lived in her Concord apartment with her daughter for eight years and was actively organizing her building to form a tenants association (with help from EBASE and Tenants Together) when her new landlord issued her a 60-day eviction notice for no cause. She searched for a new home in Concord, where she works in two retail jobs, but could not find anything affordable. She was able to find a place in Walnut Creek, but the higher rent forces her to make tradeoffs between rent and other household needs. Betty continues to advocate for policies that protect tenants and their right to organize.
Photo: Felix Uribe