Mayor Signs Housing Study Ordinance - 4/05/00

Housing Study Signed by the Mayor April 5th

The Mayor signed legislation on April 5th authorizing a study of housing related issues in San Francisco and will become law on May 5th. The study will include all aspects of the housing situation in San Francisco and will be a neutral, fact-based study that will present a statistical picture of the City. The report will be presented to the Board of Supervisors for their consideration and action. The Ordinance mandates that the study be completed within a year.

The Ordinance that was passed is not part of the Rent Ordinance, but a separate ordinance altogether. The ordinance designates the Executive Director of the Rent Board to be the "Moderator" of the study. This means that the Moderator will oversee a public hearing which will be conducted in May to hear the concerns and issues that the public would like to see addressed in the study. Included in the public hearing will be input from related City departments. Once the issues gleaned in this hearing are identified and enumerated, they will be presented as part of an RFP (Request for Proposal) for parties interested in conducting the study to respond to. The Moderator will select the applicant, who will then have one year to complete the study. Once completed, the report will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for any action as they may deem necessary.

Persons interested in submitting their suggestions for issues to be considered in the study may do so at the public hearing or they may also submit them in writing to the Moderator by email to: or they may be faxed to 415.252.4699.