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Housing Hero Awards recognize local housing advocates

Tim Colen (left) of SF Housing Action Coalition and Sam Moss of Mission Housing Development Corporation look on as Kim-Mai Cutler receives the Housing Hero Award. Photos by Tony Bear!

SF Housing Action Coalition recognizes two long-time affordable housing advocates as Housing Heroes

September 28, 2016, several hundred people with ties to the affordable housing industry gathered in The Green Room of the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. The 14th Annual Housing Hero Awards, hosted by The SF Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC), designated two long-time affordable housing advocates as Housing Heroes. The two awardees played substantial roles in creating more housing opportunities for San Franciscans.

After an energetic cocktail hour, Tim Colen, Executive Director of SFHAC, began the awards ceremony. The first awardee, journalist/columnist and popular conference speaker Kim-Mai Cutler, was introduced by Mission Housing Executive Director Sam Moss.

“When I found out Kim was being presented the award, I begged SFHAC to let me present it to her, because… she writes for all of us… the ones that want to stay in San Francisco, and [who] don’t accept decisions that were made 40 years ago,” said Moss in his remarks. “Every time I read her writing, I get a smile on my face. [Kim,] I just want to thank you for giving me the confidence to do what I do.”

Cutler, who explores the intersection of the tech sector and public policy wrote an article on TechCrunch.com in 2014 “How Burrowing Owls Lead to Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF’s Housing Crisis Explained) .” The post ignited a resurgence in local housing advocacy.

San Francisco District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang was also honored. While delivering her acceptance speech, she brought on stage her staffers who work on affordable housing issues.

Among Supervisor Tang’s accomplishments was spearheading the enactment of the Affordable Housing Bonus Program. Signed into law July 29, 2016, the 100% Affordable Housing Bonus Ordinance is San Francisco’s local density bonus law and middle-income housing program.

Nominations for the Housing Hero award are solicited from the public, across a broad spectrum of people, teams, organizations or even residential developments. Notable past winners include Supervisor Scott Wiener, Mayor Ed Lee, and Mission Housing collaborator David Baker, architect of 1950 Mission.

The event is also a very successful fundraiser for SFHAC.

SFHAC is a member supported nonprofit advocating for building housing at all levels of affordability. Since 1999, SFHAC connects organizations, individuals, decision-makers and business leaders. The goal: To find constructive solutions for the diverse housing needs of current and future San Francisco’s residents.

Learn how to become a business/organization or individual member of SFHAC here.

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