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Affordable housing plans target teachers and other employees in the San Francisco school district

Aug. 1, 2023
Many school employees can't afford the high housing costs in the city.

The city of San Francisco plans to build two new housing projects that will provide 135 new units designated for public school teachers, paraeducators, childcare workers, and City College employees.

The San Francisco Examiner reports that projects are designed to entice new educators to work in the San Francisco Unified School District.

They also address San Francisco's sky-high housing costs, an issue for many public school teachers, the teachers union says.

The starting salary for teachers in San Francisco Unified is $63,000, and the median rental on a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $3,020 per month — meaning new teachers could spend substantially more than half their salaries to live in the city

These housing projects are paramount in keeping teachers in San Francisco, said teachers union Vice President Frank Lara.

Officials say about 30% of school district staff commutes to the city from outlying areas.

The site on Golden Gate Avenue will have rental units, and the project on Mission Street project will have below-market-rate homes for sale in a neighborhood where two-bedroom homes sell for more than $1.2 million.

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Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy, senior editor, has written for AS&U on a wide range of educational issues since 1999.

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