Advocacy at Habitat Greater San Francisco

Advocacy is a crucial part of the work we do here at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. We sponsor and support legislation in Sacramento to remove barriers to affordable homebuilding and to promote access to affordable homeownership opportunities for working families.

Our voice is also heard in city halls across our region as we back sensible changes to give local officials more flexibility to build homes in their communities.

Learn more about our housing advocacy on this page and see how we promote affordable homebuilding and champion affordable homeownership in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin.

Midterm Election Results

With the dust starting to settle on the November 8 election, we can see a clearer picture of how various housing measures have fared with voters around our region.

This year Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco was supporting campaigns in Menlo Park (‘No on Measure V’) and in San Francisco (‘Yes on Measure D’) — both of which aligned closely with our commitment to remove barriers to affordable homebuilding and champion affordable homeownership across our region.

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Maureen Sedonaen and campaigners outside city hall in support of proposition d

Protect Teacher Housing in Menlo Park

This election season we invite you to VOTE ‘NO’ on MEASURE V – and reject an attempt to put up even more barriers to affordable housing for our teachers and other essential workers.

We were pleased to co-author the official rebuttal argument in the voter information pamphlet and look forward to working with a host of local affordable housing advocates in the campaign against this measure.

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No on Measure V

Affordable Homes Now

This November, San Franciscans can boost affordable homebuilding by voting to cut the red tape that ties up residential construction projects in the city.

Proposition D (“Affordable Homes Now”) is backed by Habitat Greater San Francisco and a who’s who of pro-housing supporters, led by SF Mayor London Breed and SF State Senator Scott Wiener.

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Affordable homes now volunteeres and supporters outside city hall.

Advocating in Sacramento

The California Environmental Quality Act (or CEQA) was originally intended to protect our state’s incredible natural beauty. New legislation introduced at the state capitol this session aims to limit the unjustified use of such environmental laws to stop affordable homebuilding.

The bipartisan bill — AB2445 — would give California judges the flexibility to require litigants to post a bond in an amount reflecting the risk to the affordable housing project being challenged.

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“AB2445 could level the playing field and help ensure only serious threats to our environment are brought forward and would likely deter and discourage the most frivolous lawsuits.”

MAUREEN SEDONAEN, CEO, HABITAT GREATER SAN FRANCISCO

Virtual Lobbying

Habitat collegues from across the nation joined together for an affordable home building and home ownership Washington D.C. lobbying blitz.

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Legislative Agenda

Read more about major housing bills as state legislature enters pivotal early summer period.

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Protecting Builders

We urged the Judicial Council to revise legal rules that stop new construction during COVID-19.

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Balboa Reservoir

A project with hundreds of affordable homes has been approved in San Francisco.

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Public Affairs Team

Anthony Singer

Senior Director of Communications and
Public Affairs

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Anthony is Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco. He brings two decades of public relations and government affairs experience gained across sectors both in-house and agency-side (Ogilvy PR New York, Porter Novelli PR Brussels). He has worked throughout Europe and the United States for a range of leading commercial and nonprofit organizations. He holds an MA in Politics from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and an MBA from Henley Business School, England.

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