Supes protect affordable housing program 

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation that changes The City’s affordable housing requirement program, which requires developers to include affordable housing units in their developments or pay an in-lieu fee. The changes were proposed to protect the program from legal risks following a recent court hearing.

The interim legislation, introduced by Mayor Gavin Newsom and Board of Supervisor President David Chiu, keeps the affordable program’s requirements as is, but turns it into a fee-based program.

The legislation modifies “the current inclusionary housing program into a fee-based program that requires all the projects to pay an affordable housing fee to the mayor’s office of housing," Chiu has said.

A more permanent affordable housing program will be debated in the coming months.

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