SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The housing crunch has reached a tipping point for San Francisco city officials who have been scrambling to come up with solutions to the crisis.
The highest median rents, a record low vacancy rate, and hundreds of evictions have led to calls from city leaders for San Francisco to get its priorities straight.
“Is San Francisco going to be a city that will allow low income and middle income people to live here? Unless something changes, I’m afraid that the answer will be no,” said Supervisor David Campos.
Mayor Ed Lee agrees, issuing an executive order this week to expedite housing construction and offer more assistance to evicted renters.
“Everyone, including tech people, are concerned about housing affordability. We’re only 49 square miles. A lot of people want to live here, but I also am a mayor that wants to make sure everyone who wants to be here and have been here a long time can stay here,” Lee said.