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Letter: Affordable housing
June 05, 2015, 05:00 AM Letter


I support Bart Charlow’s idea (“Nonprofit seeks land for tiny houses,” in the June 1 edition of the Daily Journal). Throughout the Bay Area, NIMBYs are ascendant, throwing their weight against new development. Pray to Saint Joseph the patron saint of real estate that we can develop sorely needed affordable housing for the underserved of San Mateo County, because the fact bears out the reality that the cost of building “affordable” housing is nearing close to $500,000 for 800 square feet.

I would suggest for Bart Charlow, or any other agencies like Samaritan House, to look at what has been accomplished in San Francisco.

One example is the Curran House at 145 Taylor St., a 67-unit residence. One of the 25 gems of San Francisco, it offers families an affordable refuge run by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. Another is the Richardson Apartments, built on a 0.47-acre site, with 120 studio units for the chronically homeless, many with disabilities, that features program rooms, a lounge and courtyard for residents, medical care and no parking. Plus, it is GreenPoint rated.

David Groves

San Mateo



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