The following comes from an October 20 Catholic San Francisco article by Valerie Schmalz:
It will take two-thirds of San Francisco voters to pass a $310 million housing ballot proposition aimed at buying, rehabilitating and preserving housing that middle income residents could afford as renters or homeowners.
Proposition A on the Nov. 3 ballot would also fund rehabilitation of public housing and public housing infrastructure.
The proposition is endorsed by Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic Charities and the San Francisco Interfaith Council, as well as a broad range of housing activists, unions, nonprofits and business interests including the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Labor Council and San Francisco Housing Action Coalition.
Proposition A was placed on the ballot by a unanimous vote of the Board of Supervisors, with one supervisor, David Campos excused.
The board of directors of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic Charities, which includes board president Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, unanimously voted to support Proposition A.
“Catholic Charities rarely takes public positions on ballot measures, however the housing crisis in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area directly impacts the very people Catholic Charities seeks to serve as well as the staff it relies on to provide these services,” said Jeff Bialik, Catholic Charities executive director.
The San Francisco Interfaith Council is – for the first time ever – endorsing a housing bond, also by a unanimous vote of the board of directors, said executive director Michael Pappas. The Interfaith Essential Housing Task Force, created by the council last fall, also unanimously supports Proposition A.
The council created the Interfaith Essential Housing Task Force following a September 2014 dinner meeting to discuss income inequality hosted by Archbishop Cordileone at his residence, Pappas said.