San Francisco teachers could get rent relief with planned housing projects


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The school district is struggling to retain teachers

The San Francisco Board of Education took a big step on Wednesday toward providing a significant number of its teachers with housing as rents costs pose more and more of a burden to educators.

"The passing of this educator housing resolution will increase our ability to retain the best educators in California and benefit our students for decades to come," the school district's Commissioner Faauuga Moliga said in a statement. "I'm especially proud of how this resolution became reality. Through the collaboration of District Staff, United Educators, the Council of Community Housing Organizations, Housing Accelerator Fund and Mayor's Office, we were able to create a policy that can become a model for how we develop Educator Housing moving forward."

The resolution's goal is to build at least 550 units of affordable educator housing by 2030. The school district wants to enable teachers to live in the area where they teach. Right now, many teachers are crowded out by skyrocketing rent prices and forced to commute as many as five hours a day.

The district needs about 3,600 teachers each year and faces an attrition rate of roughly 10 percent. The district is already planning to create 134 rental units for a small fraction of its educators, but the project is still under review.

The San Francisco Unified School District's resolution to add more than 500 affordable educator housing units comes after the city's voters passed two propositions: Proposition A dedicates $20 million for educator housing, and Proposition E rezones school district properties to enable such projects.

City residents have faced rising costs of living and increased homelessness.


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Well, not knowing what the teachers make now, this seems like a good idea to help keep quality teachers (yes there are many) in cities like this. I cannot imagine trying to live in San Francisco (for a lot of reasons).


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The thing that gets me about this is they cause these economic situations by their leftists policies that eliminate the middle class........then, in an effort to combat the problem they spend more money to subsidize housing when they could have avoided this altogether.


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Think about this carefully. Would you really want to live in government housing. All the housing I have seen the government build brand new went to crap very quickly due to lack of people caring for it. I would bet the first year only educators would be allowed in but then a discrimination suit will be filed and then any homeless person will be let in taking the housing down into complete hell hole within a couple of years. Educators will flee to take their families to a safer place. Another money wasting non solution.


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A similar situation happened a few years back when Disney opened the new town of Celebration. They advertised all over the country for teachers. The problem was that rents and prices in Celebration were through the roof. You could not afford to be a teacher and also live in Celebration. Funny thing but Disney didn't tell their new recruits how expensive things were.
So I guess most teachers in Celebration live outside Celebration and commute in.


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Good intentions. I won't predict the outcome here. But I'll tell an unrelated HUD story.
HUD sold foreclosed houses in high crime areas to policemen at a discount. Many policemen then resold the houses on the open market, making an easy profit.
For every need, there is a government plan that will not work.