Recent news reports have detailed several proposals put forward to help house homeless residents through modular micro units. Those same news reports have examined the various political challenges that have delayed moving forward on these innovative ideas. Today, Supervisor Jane Kim is calling for the immediate creation of a working group to spearhead a pilot project to build modular residences for homeless individuals.
“Homelessness is a crisis in our city. And we must respond to this humanitarian emergency with boldness and vision – not with politics and delay,” said Kim. “Creating supportive housing via these micro apartments will help homeless residents get off the streets and back on their feet. These units can be potentially built at a lower cost – and under some proposals with no upfront cost to the city at all. This is an idea worth exploring and we must do so now.”
As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, at least two proposals have been put forward to develop modular, micro unit housing for homeless residents. The projects would be built on city-owned land.
Unfortunately, the same story details how opposition from certain political groups has hamstrung movement on these proposals. With thousands of San Francisco residents living on the streets, Jane Kim believes politics must be put aside to ensure they are provided with safe and secure housing options.
Kim introduced a resolution today to convene a working group composed of affordable housing developers, homelessness experts and labor organizations tasked with crafting a blueprint to begin construction on a modular housing pilot program within the next three months.
“This might not be a perfect solution but we cannot let homeless San Franciscans linger on the street while we search for a bullet-proof solution to this crisis,” said Kim. “Rather than putting focus on taking away tents, let’s focus on building roofs.”