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Transport Services: Mayor Announces Muni Fare Payment App

November 16, 2015

Transport Services:  Mayor Announces Muni Launches Fare Payment AppMayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) today announced MuniMobile – a new smartphone application for Muni fares systemwide, revolutionizing the Muni riding experience.

“San Francisco is using technology and innovation to create a world-class customer experience for all Muni riders,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “Our City’s historic investment in our transportation network that reached $1 billion this year is allowing us to increase service by 10 percent, replace our buses and light rail vehicles and hire more drivers and cleanup crews. We are making Muni more reliable, safer, cleaner and ready to the meet the demands of a growing City and a growing ridership and MuniMobile will now make it easier to board and ride Muni for our hundreds of thousands of riders every day.” Read more.

Rehabilitation Funds: Mayor Announces $80M Grant for Rehabilitation Facility

November 13, 2015

Rehabilitation Funds: Mayor Announces $80M Grant for Rehabilitation FacilityMayor Edwin M. Lee issued a statement on the California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC)’s award of a $80 million grant to San Francisco under Senate Bill 863 to replace County Jails #3 and #4 in the City’s Hall of Justice and finance a $240 million Rehabilitation Detention Facility – a smaller facility with 384 beds, reducing capacity overall by 20 percent and adding Supportive Services’ Program Spaces for counseling, classrooms, computers and vocational training and a Medical and Mental Health Unit for drug and mental health treatment programs:

“We are not rebuilding a City jail; this is an innovative approach to criminal justice with a focus on rehabilitation and reentry. The City’s need for a smaller facility demonstrates our success in providing high-quality rehabilitative programs and alternatives to detention. The new Rehabilitation Detention Facility will provide a safe, secure and humane environment for inmates and staff, and aligns with our City’s rehabilitation and reentry strategies. The construction of a replacement facility as the Hall of Justice becomes inoperable will also save the City tens of millions of dollars in...

Health Funding: Mayor Announces New Funding for HIV/AIDS Battle

October 29, 2015

Mayor Announces New Funding for HIV/AIDS BattleMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced San Francisco’s intention to become the first city to “get to zero” in the battle against HIV/AIDS. Once the epicenter of the AIDS crisis and now a world leader in HIV/AIDS response, San Francisco is well-positioned to reach zero new HIV infections, zero deaths and zero stigma. In bolstering the Citywide effort, Mayor Lee has dedicated $1.2 million to support Getting to Zero and today announced a $500,000 donation from MAC AIDS Fund, the largest corporate funder of HIV/AIDS work globally.

“San Francisco is a national leader in treatment, housing and care for those living with HIV/AIDS, and we remain committed to providing hope, finding a cure, and one day bringing an end to this epidemic,” said Mayor Lee. “We have the world’s best health care, top scientists, compassionate policies, community advocacy and the public-private partnerships needed to make it a reality. Zero is within reach.”  Read More

Housing Plan: Mayor Announces Plan for Stabilized Housing for 500 Teachers

October 21, 2015

Housing Plan: Mayor Announces Plan for Stabilized Housing for 500 TeachersMayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) with Board President London Breed and Supervisors Julie Christensen, Malia Cohen, Mark Farrell and Katy Tang announced a new plan to build and preserve housing for 500 San Francisco educators by 2020. Mayor Lee and Superintendent Richard Carranza announced new strategies to achieve these goals: jointly finance at least one new development in the City for educator housing, develop a rental subsidy program for teachers, renew the Teacher Next Door program which provides downpayment assistance to purchase homes in the City, and fund Housing Navigators – counselors to connect teachers with resources available to them through these new programs, existing Below Market Rate programs, and eviction prevention services. 

“An investment in a teacher is an investment in the success of our City and the success of our young people,” said Mayor Lee. “Our new strategy to create opportunities for 500 teachers and educators to find affordable housing in San Francisco– from homeownership to rental subsidies to dedicated teacher housing to eviction prevention – is another step in finding real solutions for our...

Public Housing: Mayor Celebrates with HUD Public Housing Milestone

October 14, 2015

Public Housing: Mayor Celebrates Public Housing MilestoneToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Board of Supervisors President London Breed highlighted the Phase 1 implementation of the $1.69 billion transformation plan for San Francisco’s public housing system for extremely low-income households living in distressed conditions. This HUD partnership will allow San Francisco to leverage approximately $700 million in investor equity and other new resources and allow for the rehabilitation of up to 4,584 public housing units for 8,000 low-income San Franciscans through HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program – among the biggest public housing portfolio conversions in the country.

“This innovative tool allows us to revitalize and rebuild our distressed public housing – without displacing existing tenants – for our extremely low-income families and residents,” said Mayor Lee. “Through this publicprivate partnership, we will finally be able to re-envision public housing for thousands of very low-income San Franciscans, and I thank HUD Secretary Castro, Leader Pelosi, President Breed and the entire Board of Supervisors for...

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