Since the 2000 census, the population of San Francisco’s Excelsior district has grown by an estimated 6,300 people while construction of new homes in the area has been minimal. From the Examiner:
About 33 percent of single-family homes in the Excelsior district contain secondary rental spaces commonly known as “in-law” units, according to a survey conducted by the Asian Law Caucus.
Contrary to U.S. Census Bureau figures that indicate the neighborhood is primarily comprised of homeowners, the Excelsior is nearly 70 percent tenants – half of whom live in illegal in-law units, according to the “Our Hidden Communities” report released Tuesday.
Previous estimates suggested only 23 percent of San Francisco homes contained in-law units, said caucus staff attorney Omar Calimbas.
Characterized by the Excelsior’s Supervisor John Avalos as housing of “last resort” for people squeezed out of other neighborhoods, while there might be many more in-law units than previously estimated, as tech employment in San Francisco continues to surge along with the development of market rate condos and apartments targeting the high-wage workers, will there be enough in-law units for all of San Francisco’s working class to live?
∙ San Francisco likely has tens of thousands of people living under the stairs [Examiner]