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Albany Bulb dwellers speak out on temporary shelter arrangement | SF Politics

Albany Bulb dwellers speak out on temporary shelter arrangement | SF Politics | open development - ideas that impact cities! | Scoop.it
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Recreation or RE-Creation? Debate stirs over what to do with the #albanybulb.  Really feel a bit uneasy about the plan to relocate the houseless population that currently occupies some of the #blub

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‘A Terrible Irony’ - Affordable Housing, Unaffordable Energy

‘A Terrible Irony’ - Affordable Housing, Unaffordable Energy | open development - ideas that impact cities! | Scoop.it

OAKLAND, Calif. –Tassafaronga Village, a mixed-use housing development in East Oakland, isn’t your average affordable housing project. 

During a site visit, assistant manager Wendy Ruiz and maintenance worker Edgar Valencia proudly show off the building’s roof: Rows and rows of solar panels – 145 in all -- efficiently harness energy from the sun.

So far, the solar investment is reaping big energy cost savings. The monthly electricity costs to light common areas such as hallways for the entire housing project, Ruiz says, is about $25 for 137 affordable housing units and $12 for 20 market-rate townhouses. The panels require “very low maintenance,” Valencia adds. Although residents pay for individual utility use, the bills are very low, about $10-$15 monthly, Ruiz says.


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What's the Best Way to Boost Affordable Housing? | KQED

What's the Best Way to Boost Affordable Housing? | KQED | open development - ideas that impact cities! | Scoop.it
The Bay Area's housing market is white hot, and that's left low and middle income people struggling to find a place to live within their means.
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Let's not WALL off San Francisco...housing is a regional issue...we need MORE afforable housing and an increased housing supply!

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