Sunday, October 8, 2017

San Francisco Appeases Unions Over Modular Housing

San Francisco, CA is moving ahead with plans to use modular units to speed up the production and lower the cost of housing homeless residents, city officials announced Wednesday.

Mayor Ed Lee will issue a request for proposals this week to build up to 250 apartments for homeless households on a South of Market site the city is acquiring from the federal government for $1.

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The proposal for the lot at 1064-1069 Mission St. will specify the use of modular housing because the units can be delivered quickly and inexpensively, officials said. The city’s agreement with the federal government requires that housing be developed on the site within three years.

The use of modular housing has typically been opposed by the city’s trade unions, but the mayor’s office was able to win labor support for this project.

The city is also considering two other modular projects, 131 units on Treasure Island to house formerly homeless veterans and 120 units in Mission Bay.

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