New York Times: These 95 Apartments Promised Affordable Rent in San Francisco. Then 6,580 People Applied.
EXCERPT: “For $1,200 a month, Patricia Torres and her family were renting a bedroom, a share of time in the bathroom, one vegetable drawer and one shelf in the fridge, and two cupboards over the stove. They rented not so much a home as a fraction of one. Karen Calderon had even less: a single room in a homeless shelter where she was not allowed so much as a hot plate to cook for her family. Adrian Caratowsa had a studio he’d remade as his own, repainting the walls and wallpapering over the kitchen cabinets. But every day for five years, he walked out into a neighborhood he found depressing. For each, San Francisco’s housing crisis had meant living without essential elements of home. A large affordable housing development rising downtown promised what they did not have: 95 complete homes, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with privacy, a sense of peace, a place to cook.” FULLSTORY: https://nyti.ms/2wIvEM0