A top priority in the first 100 days of the Biden administration will be a housing plan. Susie Steimle reports. (1/20/21)
Homeowners Buying Insurance In High Fire Areas Should Prepare For Sticker ShockThe start of the fire season should be a wake-up call for home buyers and owners in places like Paradise, California. Susie Steimle reports that insurance rates in these high fire zones may give them sticker shock.
Project Home: Federal Court Strikes Down CDC Eviction Moratorium, What Does It Mean For Bay Area?A federal judge ruled Wednesday the Centers for Disease Control have no authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium, saying the public health agency doesn’t have the constitutional right to stop evictions. Susie Steimle reports. (5/5/21)
SF Considers Multi-Million Dollar Plan To Create Safe Sleeping Sites For City's HomelessThe San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering spending hundreds of millions of dollars on 'safe sleeping sites.' On Project Home, Susie Steimle talks to city leaders and homeless advocates about the pros and cons of the proposal.
Class-Action Suit Alleges Low-Income Homeowners Targeted For Deceptive PACE LoansA class-action lawsuit alleges that low-income homeowners were being targeted for deceptive PACE green energy loans. Susie Steimle got an exclusive interview with the state agency that oversees the program.
Skyrocketing Lumber Prices Hit California New Home Buyers HardLumber prices have hit historic levels, making homes in California even more expensive. Builders say it’s causing a ripple effect that will price more people out of the market. Susie Steimle reports. (4-8-21)
Home Buyers Waive Contingencies to Compete in Red-Hot Housing MarketOne way that buyers in this hot real estate market are making their offers stand out is by waiving contingencies. Realtors worry this will lead to lawsuits. Susie Steimle reports. (4-1-21)
California Realtors Advise Sellers to Ignore 'Love Letters' From Would-Be BuyersRealtors are discouraging home sellers from reading overly-personal appeals from prospective buyers, known in the industry as "love letters." Susie Steimle reports. (4-1-21)
'Flex Pool' Program Matches Homeless San Franciscans to Vacant ApartmentsThroughout the pandemic San Francisco has seen an increase in vacant apartments, now people experiencing homelessness are being placed into those empty units. Susie Steimle reports. (3-26-21)
Project Home Web Extra: UC Berkeley Professor Claudia Polsky Talks About PACE ProgramUC Berkeley Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and founder of Environmental Law Clinic Claudia Polsky discusses issues with PACE program (3-18-2021)
Some Energy-Saving Remodel Plans Hit Homeowners With Financing GotchasA state-approved program to help low-income homeowners make energy improvements to their property has had catastrophic and unintended consequences. Susie Steimle reports. (3-18-21)
Homeless-Aid Volunteer Says San Jose Church Stabbing Won't Deter HimA victim of a brutal attack by a homeless man is not letting that deter him from helping the homeless community. Susie Steimle reports. (3-12-21)
Project Home: Bidding Wars Return As Bay Area Housing Market Heats Up 1 Year Into PandemicIn the Bay Area’s housing market, bidding wars are back with a vengeance, nearly 1 year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Susie Steimle reports. (3/10/21)
Lake County Luxury Hotel, Housing Project Raises Concerns Over Wildfire RiskCalifornia's attorney general wants to put a stop to a luxury housing development in a fire-prone area of Lake County. Susie Steimle reports. (3-5-21)
Social Housing Seen as One Solution to Home Affordability in Bay AreaDemocrats across the country say there’s one solution that can help solve the housing affordability crisis, it’s what’s known as "social housing." Susie Steimle reports. (3-5-21)
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)