San Francisco Building Trades Council Joins With Supervisors Farrell And Wiener To Convene A Modular Affordable Housing Working Group

San Francisco–  Today, the Building Trades Council and Supervisors Mark Farrell and Scott Wiener announced the formation of the Coalition for Locally Built Affordable Housing, including Modular Units (the Coalition), which is comprised of labor unions, private contractors, and other relevant parties coming together to study how to locally build modular, pre-fabricated affordable housing that is safe and ensures good livable wages for workers building the units. Larry Mazzola Jr., the President of the Building Trades Council, has been working with members of local unions and contractors about forming this working group, and has partnered with Supervisors Farrell and Wiener to help explore how to build this affordable housing. The working group will hold its first meeting within the next few weeks. Both Supervisors Farrell and Wiener have met with pre-fabricated developers and the Building Trades Council previously about the possibility of building modular, pre-fabricated affordable housing in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL JOINS WITH SUPERVISORS FARRELL AND WIENER TO CONVENE A MODULAR AFFORDABLE HOUSING WORKING GROUP

The Building Trades Council has begun the process to form the Coalition for Locally BuiltAffordable Housing, including Modular Units (Coalition), a working group, which will focus on creating support for building modular, affordable housing – including homeless housing --  while still ensuring good livable wages for workers and safe living conditions for residents

San Francisco–  Today, the Building Trades Council and Supervisors Mark Farrell and Scott Wiener announced the formation of the Coalition for Locally Built Affordable Housing, including Modular Units (the Coalition), which is comprised of labor unions, private contractors, and other relevant parties coming together to study how to locally build modular, pre-fabricated affordable housing that is safe and ensures good livable wages for workers building the units. Larry Mazzola Jr., the President of the Building Trades Council, has been working with members of local unions and contractors about forming this working group, and has partnered with Supervisors Farrell and Wiener to help explore how to build this affordable housing. The working group will hold its first meeting within the next few weeks. Both Supervisors Farrell and Wiener have met with pre-fabricated developers and the Building Trades Council previously about the possibility of building modular, pre-fabricated affordable housing in San Francisco.

“I am optimistic that this Coalition will be successful in coming up with ideas to help the affordable housing crisis in San Francisco while protecting our local workers and residents at the same time,” said Building Trades President Larry Mazzola Jr. “Keeping the construction of this type of housing in San Francisco is vitally important, and I believe we can accomplish both of these issues with this Coalition.”

“I am excited to join the Building Trades in finding ways we can build more housing while still ensuring we are providing living wage jobs,” said Supervisor Wiener. “Whether it’s authoring legislation to allow for the construction of micro-units or passing the first law to allow for the creation of new in-law units in San Francisco, I’ve always worked to create and support new ways to build housing. Making San Francisco affordable requires creative solutions, and modular housing can be one of those solutions. I want to thank the Building Trades Council for stepping up to lead on this issue.”

“I applaud the Building Trades for taking the lead in exploring how we can build modular, pre-fabricated affordable housing that ensures livable wages for workers and code-compliant buildings for tenants,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “There is no silver bullet to addressing our housing shortage and crisis, but modular housing done the right way can make an impact. Given the high costs of construction and land, we have to be innovative in how we produce new housing while ensuring that San Francisco values are embedded in every new housing project.

The Coalition will be led by the Building Trades Council, which represents San Francisco’s construction unions. In addition to Supervisors Farrell and Wiener, City staff will join as well.  Leading issues that the Building Trades have already raised include that the modular housing is constructed locally, and that they are built under local building codes and comply with San Francisco Ordinances such as local hire, apprenticeship and protecting the area standard wages and benefits. Additionally, the Coalition will explore the cost-per-unit and the issue of dedicating City-owned land for this type of use.

Modular, prefabricated housing projects are being floated in San Francisco as a way to create more affordable housing, including for homeless people. Supervisors Farrell and Wiener were leading proponents of placing a measure on the November ballot that will provide $50 million a year to fund homeless housing and services.

 

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