Mercury News: On a roll: Affordable housing advocates pack a San Francisco hotel and say they’re winning the battle

Mercury News: On a roll: Affordable housing advocates pack a San Francisco hotel and say they’re winning the battle
October 9, 2017 Peter

The AveVista apartment complex at 460 Grand Ave, Oakland, was
developed by BRIDGE Housing, the San Francisco-based nonprofit
developer of affordable housing. Before the complex opened in December
2015, BRIDGE received 5,200 applicants for its 68 affordable
apartments for families. The Bay Area's dire need for more affordable
housing was discussed Friday at a conference in San Francisco. (Photo:
Patrick Argast)With all the persistent ranting about the housing crisis — how intractable it is, how it’s driving middle class and poor people from the Bay Area, and how there are no solutions in sight — one might think an affordable housing conference would collapse under the weight of all that collective pessimism. “Standing Together” — the title of Friday’s 38th annual conference sponsored by the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) — was the biggest one of these events yet. Fueled by Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing last week of a dozen bills aimed at addressing the state’s affordable housing crisis, about 850 affordable housing advocates — policy wonks, finance wizards, architects, grassroots organizers, contractors, tenants, public office holders — crowded lobbies and conference rooms at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel.

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