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Project Home: Energy-Efficient Upgrade Program For Low-Income Residents Invites AbusesIt’s a tempting offer, especially if you’re on a fixed income: make your home more energy-efficient with no money down. But the program is getting many elderly homeowners in very serious trouble.
Project Home: San Francisco Mayor's Office Of Housing Pushes For BMR Rents To Reflect Market ChangesAffordable units in San Francisco have become more expensive than market rate units, now the Mayor’s Office of Housing is pushing for certain building owners to adjust their rates.
Project Home: Lawmakers Push to Repeal Article 34, Call Language in California's Constitution RacistLawmakers hope 2020 has made Californians ready for to strike down Article 34, as the pandemic created a space for introspection.
Project Home: Small Bay Area Landlords Keep Properties Vacant Because of Rent ControlVacancy rates are well into the double digits in cities across the Bay Area, but some small property owners say rent control has led them to keep some apartments empty rather than drop rent prices.
Some San Francisco Affordable Housing Units Renting For More Than Market-Rate UnitsTenants living in so-called affordable housing units are now in many cases paying more than their market-rate neighbors.
Project Home: Bay Area Homeless Shelter Workers Ask To Be Prioritized for COVID-19 VaccinesFrontline and essential workers at homeless shelters have petitioned to be moved up the priority list for COVID-19 vaccinations. In multiple cases, it has worked.
Project Home: Eviction Moratorium A Lifeline For Struggling Bay Area Renters But For Some It's Too LateTime is running out for the state legislature to extend California’s eviction moratorium. If lawmakers don’t pass a bill this week, one in five Californians could lose their housing.
Project Home: Biden's 'Ambitious' Housing Plan Lauded By Bay Area AdvocatesA top priority in the first 100 days of the Biden administration will be a housing plan, if Congress approves the current proposal, one in every five Californians could receive rental assistance from the federal government.
Project Home: Amid California Homelessness Crisis, Proposed Tax On Large Corporations Seeks To Fund ProgramsA proposal introduced in California's legislature seeks to address California's worsening homelessness crisis by create a permanent funding stream for homeless programs.
Local Documentary Filmmaker Tackles Homelessness in New Streaming SeriesDon Hardy, an East Bay filmmaker, is tackling a timely topic of particular concern to Northern Californians: homelessness.
Oakland Spends Homekey Funds On Single Family Homes For HomelessThe goal of a new $10 million housing plan in Oakland is to create homes for people pushed into homelessness. It’s called Project Reclamation.
Project Home: 'Big Wave' Community To House Special Needs Adults In Half Moon Bay After Decades-Long BattleAfter two decades of public pushback, a community for developmentally disabled adults is finally being built in Half Moon Bay.
Project Home: Small Bay Area Landlords Warn Of Evictions Without Federal HelpThey’re urging lawmakers to give their tenants cash or rental vouchers so they don’t have to push people out.
Project Home: San Francisco Passes 'Long Overdue' Ordinance Requiring Landlords To Report VacanciesAmid a surge of vacancies in San Francisco’s apartment stock, a new law will allow the city to track just how many units are sitting empty.
Project Home: Sidewalks Sinking In San Francisco's Mission Bay NeighborhoodAccording to one expert, the ground in san Francisco's Mission Bay is sinking faster than originally predicted and repaving makes it worse.
Project Home: Bay Area Communities Grapple With Lack Of Local Control Under Project HomekeyProject Homekey is the most aggressive action California has ever taken toward ending homelessness, and it's leading to lawsuits in communities across the state.
Project Home: Neighbors Of San Francisco Shelter-In-Place Hotels Complain Of Increased CrimeThe city program directing $10 million a month to house homeless people in hotels is leading to increased crime in the form of shootings and break-ins, according to neighbors.
Economists Say Low-Income Renters Are Experiencing a 'She-Cession'High housing costs in the Bay Area plus a lack of child care are forcing low-income moms to make tough choices.
BIPOC Trans Artists At Odds With Non-Profit Over Future Of SF's Red Victorian HotelArtists on Haight Street have found an unusual way to try to save their housing -- a weekly drag show. Large crowds are fanning out in front of The Red Victorian every Saturday night, but the real drama is what’s taking place off-stage.
Property Tax Break Swap; California Prop 19 Means Different Things To Different HomeownersOn the ballot this year is a proposition that says it will help wildfire victims and change state property tax policy.
Seniors At San Francisco's Midtown Park Apartments Prevail In Longest Standing Rent Strike Against CityThe longest-running rent strike in San Francisco has come to a close, as tenants at Midtown Park Apartments won their battle against the city.
Prop. 21: Rent Control Returns To California Ballot Amid Pandemic, Presidential RaceRent control could be expanded statewide if voters approve Proposition 21.
Richmond Creates Affordable Homes From Abandoned HousesWith the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, many wonder why abandoned buildings aren’t being used to house people. The city of Richmond is now doing just that.
Affordable Housing Advocates Question Safety Of San Francisco SROs Amid COVID-19 CrisisIt’s one of the oldest forms of affordable housing in San Francisco, SROs, short for single room occupancy hotels. Now, the very people who fought to preserve this housing of last resort are calling it dangerous. 
San Francisco Company Offers Rent Guarantee to Small LandlordsSay you're a landlord and you could guarantee that, if your tenant doesn’t pay rent, you don’t lose money? Zumper, an online rental platform, is launching a first-of-its-kind rent guarantee program aimed at doing just that.
Battle For Suburban Votes Take Ominous Tone In 2020 Presidential ElectionThe suburbs have become a huge point of contention ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
State Housing Mandate Doubles What Bay Area Needs to BuildThe Bay Area has a new assignment from the state: build nearly 450,000 homes in the next eight years or risk losing control over where they go.
Thousands Of Below Market Rate Housing Units Disappearing, Putting Seniors At RiskAffordable housing in California, already an extremely rare commodity, will likely become even more rare in the next decade.
Landlords Receive Millions In COVID-19 Relief While Quarantined Students Forced To Pay For Vacant ApartmentsAs the coronavirus pandemic closes college campuses across the country, students -- and their parents -- are still stuck paying rent for vacant apartments even as many of those property owners receive pandemic assistance.

Video Reports

Advocates Seek 10-Year Policy Plan to Address California Housing CrisisMore than 100 housing bills have been introduced so far in the California legislature this year, an about-face from 2020 where housing took a backseat to the pandemic. Susie Steimle reports. (2-26-21)
Lawsuit: Elderly Homeowners Were Duped Into Signing Up For PACE Home Improvement ProgramAfter signing up for a program to make their homes energy efficient for no money down, Susie Steimle says elderly homeowners are dealing with liens and deceptive contractors.
Below Market Rate Rent Discrepancies Widespread in SF Housing MarketIn a previous report, KPIX found that some affordable units in San Francisco have become more expensive than market-rate units. Susie Steimle found the problem goes deeper than originally thought. (2-19-21)
Push To Eliminate 'Article 34' Which Allows Voters To Decide On Low-Income HousingArticle 34 gives California residents the right to vote on whether to allow low-income housing in their neighborhood. As Susie Steimle tells us why some lawmakers want to change that.
Small Bay Area Landlords Keep Properties Vacant Because of Rent ControlSusie Steimle reports on some local landlords deciding to leave properties empty due to Bay Area rent control rules (2-10-2021
Some San Francisco Affordable Housing Units Renting For More Than Market Rate UnitsTenants living in so-called affordable housing units are now in many cases paying more than their market-rate neighbors. Susie Steimle reports. (2/8/21)
CA COVID Eviction Moratorium A Lifeline For Struggling Bay Area RentersCalifornia is set to extend the eviction moratorium through June. It is a lifeline for renters but Susie Steimle reports for some Bay Area families it may be too late.
Project Home: Biden’s ‘Ambitious’ Housing Plan Lauded By Bay Area AdvocatesA top priority in the first 100 days of the Biden administration will be a housing plan. Susie Steimle reports. (1/20/21)
Project Home: Proposed Tax On Large Corporations Seeks To Address California Homelessness CrisisA proposal introduced in California's legislature seeks to address California's worsening homelessness crisis by taxing large corporations. Susie Steimle reports. (1/13/21)
Local Documentary Filmmaker Tackles Homelessness in New Streaming SeriesDon Hardy, an East Bay filmmaker, is tackling a timely topic of particular concern to Northern Californians: homelessness. Susie Steimle reports. (1-7-21)
PROJECT HOME: SF Shelter In Place Hotel Program Extended Through MarchSF Shelter In Place Hotel Program Extended Through March
Oakland Rehousing Homeless People With 'Project Reclamation'The goal of a new $10 million housing plan in Oakland is to create homes for people pushed into homelessness. Project Home's Susie Steimle reports on the launch of 'Project Reclamation.'
Project Home: 'Big Wave' Community To House Special Needs Adults In Half Moon Bay After Decades-Long BattleAfter two decades of public pushback, a community for developmentally disabled adults is finally being built in Half Moon Bay. Susie Steimle reports. (12/16/20)
Project Home: Small Bay Area Landlords Warn Of Evictions Without Federal HelpSmall landlords said they’ve reached a breaking point. Susie Steimle reports. (12/9/20)
Sidewalks Sinking Fast In SF's Mission Bay NeighborhoodThe sidewalks are sinking fast in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood. Susie Steimle tells us why fixing them is actually making it worse.