Friday, December 2, 2016
Mayor Announces $45 Million in Support of Low Income Communities

Mayor Lee announced the San Francisco Community Investment Fund was awarded $45 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation to support private investment in non-profits and businesses that directly serve San Francisco’s most economically distressed, low-income communities. 

“We must ensure that the city’s emerging non-profits and businesses secure the financing they need to succeed to build and serve our communities,” said Mayor Lee. “These tax credits allow these businesses and nonprofits to start, stay, and grow in San Francisco and create local jobs and opportunities that help our city thrive.”

Thursday, December 1, 2016
City Infrastructure:  Mayor Announces Record Level of Capital Investment

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Board of Supervisors President London Breed introduced new legislation updating the San Francisco Environment Code with new green building standards for all new municipal construction projects.

The legislation comes on the heels of San Francisco being named by CBRE Group, Inc. as the top market for Green Building in 2016 and reaching 7 million square feet of City-owned and operated Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified properties -- an increase from 4 million square feet in 2014. The City’s municipal real estate portfolio, which is comprised of properties such as San Francisco International Airport, Laguna Honda Hospital, and City Hall, now includes 50 certified projects that meet LEED’s rigorous sustainability standards for energy efficiency, green design and resource conservation.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Local Businesses:  Mayor Announce $2.5 Million Funding to Support Legacy Businesses

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Allen Nance today cut the ribbon on a new Merit Center at Juvenile Hall. This new onsite recreation center represents a shift to a new model for detained youth that emphasizes positive reinforcement and behavior management. The new center was made possible due to a significant reduction in average daily population from a high of 123 in April 2008, to the current population of 45 youth, more than a 60% reduction.

“For the past decade, San Francisco has implemented new ideas and approaches to reduce the number of youth at Juvenile Hall, and those strategies have produced incredible results that today allow us to launch the next phase of our juvenile justice efforts with the opening of this new Merit Center,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “I applaud Chief Nance and his team for thinking outside the box and finding ways to move away from confinement and work with youth to change their behavior so they don’t reoffend.”

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Mayor Lee Announces New Housing for Chronically Homeless Veterans

Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Jeff Kositsky, Director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) announced today the City’s plan to end chronic homelessness for veterans in San Francisco. 
 
“No one who has served our country should be homeless in our City and these 75 new units will bring us one step closer to eradicating this situation,” said Mayor Lee. “Over the last two years we have housed over 700 chronically homeless vets and we are committed to continuing this work. Chronic veteran homelessness has no place in San Francisco.”

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Public Health: Mayor Announces New HIV/AIDS Initiative

Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced the completion of the historic transfer of ownership of all 29 public housing sites and nearly 3,500 units from the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) to community-based affordable housing teams as part of the Mayor’s 2013 Re-Envisioning Public Housing Plan and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD). 

With the transfer of ownership and management now complete, all 29 buildings and units can begin repairs to address critical life safety issues such as seismic deficiencies, pervasive mold and mildew, dry rot, deficient elevators, water intrusion, fire alarm systems, fire damaged units, missing sprinkler systems.

“Once again San Francisco is at the forefront of creating innovative solutions to make government programs work better and benefit our most vulnerable residents,” said Mayor Lee. “For decades, San Francisco’s public housing has been under-funded, but today we take a significant step towards revitalizing and rebuilding distressed public housing for our extremely low-income families and residents. This milestone marks the end of many months of hard work by the City and our many partners.”