Hot on the heels of his declaration that the city must build 5,000 housing units annually, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has greenlit a 250-unit development for the homeless in the Mission. If built, it will be the largest building for emergency housing and would replace a federally owned parking lot at 1068 Mission Street in the SoMa, a neighborhood that desperately needs relief from the housing shortage epidemic.
The development would encompass two buildings, both proposed by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. One would include 150 units and measure 85 feet tall, while the other would stand 65 feet tall and house another 100 units. The latter would be reserved exclusively for seniors 62 and older.
City officials are considering modular housing so that the units can be constructed quickly. Modular housing is becoming increasing popular, particularly in the Bay Area where housing is sorely needed.
“Our goal is to build units as fast as possible, so we can get people off the streets as fast as possible,” Kate Hartley, acting director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing, told SF Curbed.
The City purchased the property in May from the federal government for a grand total of $1. Of course, there’s a caveat — they promised it would be used for housing the homeless and that this 250-unit record breaker would be built within three years. By now we’re five months in and there’s no time to waste.