Affordable housing approved for the disabled

CITY HALL — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to allow the creation of affordable housing for low income developmentally disabled adults at the corner of Page Street and Masonic Avenue.

The unanimous vote allowed the amendment of The City’s housing map to allow the creation of a special use district in the upper Haight and create affordable housing.

Noting that San Francisco is in the midst of a housing crisis Supervisor London Breed showed her support for the ordinance during a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday:

“This will be a wonderful project for … a community that experiences challenges with access to affordable housing and so I’m truly looking forward to the day that this opens.”

The building at 1500 Page Street will have 16 studios and 1 one-bedroom unit intended for a on-site live-in manager, according to city documents.

One unit will be accessible for the hearing and visually impaired and one will be wheelchair accessible.

Along with repairing windows along Masonic Avenue the building is also planned to boast a kitchen and dining area on the ground floor, bicycle storage, an entry court and maintenance rooms.

Service provider The Arc of San Francisco will offer social services for the building’s residents.

The building was previously planned to house up to 55 homeless adults back in 2009, however, that project has since been abandoned.

Breed noted the support of a variety of stakeholders Tuesday afternoon including the Arc, Mercy Housing, the Haight Asbury Improvement Association, the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council, the Haight Ashbury Merchants and the Urban School:

“This is a great example for what the city is doing right.”