San Francisco's Community Stabilization

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Policy and Program Inventory Summaries

This web site provides City of San Francisco agencies, decision-makers, and the public with summaries of the City’s existing policies and programs to prevent displacement and corresponding potential ideas for consideration for enhancement as well as some additional new ideas for consideration. The document is a resource to make strategic decisions to stabilize our vulnerable populations as the city changes.

The ideas for future consideration that have the potential to increase community stability in San Francisco are described in the categories below. They provide a starting point for agencies, decision-makers, and community members to explore stabilization efforts and identify critical pathways forward. Based on preliminary information, staff is qualifying these ideas according to the type of task, scale of resources and level of complexity. These are not City commitments or recommendations, rather informed ideas that will require careful vetting and analysis as to their potential reach, resource needs, feasibility, unintended consequences, legal implications, and racial and social equity considerations in order to pursue them.

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The Inventory includes 22 policy and program summaries, organized in the following categories:

Tenant Protection and Housing Stabilization

Includes rent stabilization and eviction protection; tenant protection services; lottery preference programs; homeownership stabilization and opportunity; single resident occupancy hotel protections; short-term rental regulations; condominium conversion restrictions; stemming the loss of unauthorized units (UDUs); and the small site program.

Affordable Housing Production and Preservation

Includes 100 percent affordable housing development; public housing preservation; Section 8 housing; inclusionary housing program; HOMESF; development agreements; accessory dwelling units (ADUs); and homelessness prevention and supportive housing.

Cultural Stabilization

Includes arts and culture protection and the cultural district program.

Economic Development

Includes business retention and stabilization; commercial district planning and management; and, workforce development.

Each summary includes:

  • Background – a description of the program or policy
  • Key Trends – data gathered on the program or policy, such as cost or demographics of people served, and identified issues
  • For Future Consideration – initial identified ideas to enhance the purpose and reach of the program or policy and to introduce new tools
  • Resources – information to learn more about the program or policy

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Each idea for consideration is accompanied by the following information in effort to provide context and to better compare the idea:

Type of Response

Urgent/immediate: crisis response services

Early intervention: services and programs that respond in early phases of potential displacement

Mitigation: policies and programs that mitigate displacement and help stabilize communities

Prevention: policies and programs that help prevent displacement

Type of Task

Funding: grants or contracts

Service: direct service for the public

Data: data research and analysis

Regulation: new rule or legislative structure

Policy implementation: plan and policy implementation


Less Complex: generally no or limited legislation and/or an existing program, and one agency involved

Medium: generally some legislation and/or some change of an existing program, and two to three agencies involved

Complex: generally major legislation, and/or new program required, and more than three agencies involved

More information required

Resource (implementation needs)

Generally only staff time would be required

•• Generally only staff time and some program funding would be required

••• Extensive funding (the kind typically required for capital investments) and staff time would be required

More information required


Short Term: 1 year or under

Medium Term: 1 to 5 years

Long Term: More than 5 years

Geographic scale

Neighborhood: applies to specific neighborhoods or at the neighborhood level

Citywide: applies citywide

Statewide: applies statewide