Former panoramic building in SoMa, revived as 160 ancillary housing units

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The 160-unit building, which was purchased by the city of San Francisco in part thanks to the state. Homekey The program, a former panoramic building at 1321 Mission Street in Soma, is reopening as ancillary housing for the previously homeless.

It was panoramic were born in the middle of the last decade as a micro-housing market development in the 9th & Mission from Berkeley developer Patrick Kennedy. This was part of a trend in these microblock designs with an average size of 354 square feet and even smaller studios with Murphy beds with shared kitchens. The building was originally rented out mostly as student housing by the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, but the market for these spaces clearly fell before the pandemic.

How Hoodline was reported last September, the city had already used part of Panoramic for ancillary housing before fully purchasing the building. The purchase was made last fall as part of a group of buildings identified by the Supervisory Board and mayors as candidates for housing. This was paid for by Homekey funds and income from the “homeless tax” collected by the city.

Panoramic as it has been built with some of the larger layouts with spaces around shared kitchens, especially well suited for homeless families.

“We have very few opportunities to get such buildings, in which we have several bedrooms where we can serve families,” said Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition against the Homeless, during a public meeting last year. “We have thousands of children in San Francisco who feel homeless, but we have very few large units. Three bedrooms. This is very important for large families, [there are] there are very few options for them. “

Now, as reported by Bay City Newsthe building officially opens as a permanent shelter for families and the formerly homeless.

The mayor’s office said it was a non-profit organization Providing innovation in supportive housing (DISH) has won a bid to operate the building, which it will do along with Compass Family Services and UCSF Citywide Case Management. Founded in 2006, DISH also provides housing for 570 very low-income, formerly homeless people in many other facilities.

London Mayor Breed has touted the Panoramic conversion as part of her plan to rebuild the homeless, which she said includes “the largest expansion of permanent housing with support in 20 years”. Bride’s office says that since the mayor’s initiative began, 1,490 new units of ancillary housing have been added to the city’s fund of about 9,000, and more than 1,000 remain under development.

As a recent Chronicle investigation showed, many of these ~ 9,000 units exist in modest SROs throughout Clipping and SoMa, where conditions are often lower. Experts cited in this article have argued that a more ideal option than renting out entire buildings to the city – where landlords are responsible for maintenance and repairs – is for the city itself to become a landlord. Ideal are new buildings such as Panoramic that require less maintenance.

On Monday, the latest homeless census data in February showed that the number of homeless people in San Francisco has fallen slightly – by 3.5% – over the past three years, and most of those who feel homeless in the city find refuge.

Between 2019 and 2021, the city increased the number of available shelter beds from 3,493 to 5,080, and any night the city now provides housing or shelter to more than 14,000 people. Much of the city’s annual budget for the fight against the homeless is spent on rent, operation and maintenance of housing.

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