The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, known as MOHCD, proposes to use off-site modular construction to build supportive housing for the homeless on a parking lot owned by the federal government at Seventh and Mission streets, a move that could save time and money.
The federal government has agreed to donate the land to the city for $1, with the caveat that the project be built within three years of the property transfer.
MOHCD acting Director Kate Hartley said that “They understand that housing the homeless in San Francisco is vitally important,” Hartley said. “Our goal is to build units as fast as possible, so we can get people off the streets as fast as possible.”
At the time City Hall estimated that the property could hold roughly 250 new homes, making it the largest public housing project for the homeless in the entire city.
And the Mission Street development could be only the beginning. Hartley said the city is also planning to use off-site modular for two other projects: a 131-unit development for formerly homeless veterans on Treasure Island and a 120-unit affordable housing development in Mission Bay.
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