In 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)
Fire-Hardening Saves Homes But Insurers Resist Rate ReductionsCalifornia homeowners who have taken steps to make their properties resistant to wildfires expect to see their efforts recognized by their insurance companies. Most of them are in for disappointment. Kenny Choi reports. (9-30-21)
Project Home: Insurance Moratorium Gives Temporary Relief To Homeowners In Fire ZonesThe past three years, California ordered temporary moratoriums following major fires to stop insurance companies from dropping policies. But as Kenny Choi tells us, when the moratoriums expire it could hit closer to home than you think.
Seniors in San Jose COVID Housing Protest Looming EvictionSome seniors in San Jose are at risk of being evicted from their emergency COVID shelter. They took their fight all the way to city hall. Kiet Do reports. (9-24-21)
Renegade San Jose Homelessness Advocates Build Sheds Without City ApprovalA renegade movement is underway to build emergency housing in San Jose. Kiet Do reports. (9-9-21)
East Bay Startup Tackles Housing Crunch With 3-D Printing TechnologyMighty Buildings of Oakland has created seven 3D-printed ADUs (accessory dwelling units) that are already out in the community. Susie Steimle reports. (6-24-21)
With Eviction Moratorium About to Expire, Tenants Ask for ReliefThe statewide eviction moratorium is set to expire in 20 days, putting more than one million Californians at risk of losing their homes. Susie Steimle reports. (6-10-21)
Developer Sues Millbrae Over Proposed Housing at El Rancho InnA Peninsula city with a history of not meeting its affordable housing goals, Millbrae is now being sued for it. Susie Steimle reports. (6-3-21)
Bill Proposes Building Housing Units on Shopping Mall PropertyJohn Ramos reports on growing push to develop housing on shopping mall property in California (6-1-2021)
Oakland Tenants Allege Mosser Companies Engages in Tenant HarassmentFive separate lawsuits were filed in Superior Court Tuesday against real estate investment firm Mosser Companies alleging the firm harasses tenants and violates Oakland's Tenant Protection Ordinance. Susie Steimle reports.
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)