SF set to overhaul 1,425 public-housing units 

San Francisco’s effort to rebuild dilapidated public-housing sites is expected to advance Tuesday with revenue bond approvals for 14 sites under the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program.

RAD is a program created in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development acknowledging the underinvestment in public-housing assets nationwide.

Combined, the 14 housing sites — 11 for seniors and disabled and three for families — comprise 1,425 units. A second phase in mid-2016 will convert an additional 14 sites to the RAD model and will be comprised of around 2,000 units.

The program will provide “new owners access to badly needed funding” which includes bond financing and tax credits, and “massive repairs” to the homes will be made, said Lydia Ely, who is overseeing the RAD portfolio for the Mayor’s Office of Housing.

Under the program nonprofit housing groups and private developers partner to take over a location. There are eight development teams, and they will enter into 99-year leases with the Housing Authority, which oversees public housing in The City.

Teams include Mercy Housing California and the John Stewart Co. as well as the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and Community Housing Partnership. Sites include the 100-unit building at 666 Ellis St. in the Tenderloin and the 203-unit building at 1150 Scott St. in the Western Addition.

Ely said while there are fears about displacement and loss of affordable units, she says that won’t happen.

“There will be temporary relocation of all residents but nobody will be permanently displaced,” Ely said.

Rents of tenants won’t increase and there will not be a rescreening process, according to Ely.

The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve Tuesday the applications for the residential mortgage revenue bonds. The amounts range from a low of $20 million to a high of $100 million per housing site. Construction is expected to begin in November and completed by April 2017.

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