Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Katheleen Conti May 04, 2017 For Isaiah Stover, the so-called tiny house movement was more than just a hipster trend rejecting a life of excess — it was a solution to Nantucket’s affordable housing crisis. After being forced to move out of a tiny house he was building because it violated the health code, Stover last year successfully petitioned the town to allow construction of dwellings of less than 500 square feet.With that, Nantucket became the first community in Massachusetts to adopt a zoning code bylaw specifically addressing tiny houses, paving the way for others to explore it as a solution to the statewide housing crunch. “I was so focused on trying to solve our housing issue, but of course that issue is statewide, so it’s a nice ripple effect,” says Stover, 41.Tiny houses are also inspiring other changes, as some Nantucket … [Read more...] about A tiny house with an extra-large impact
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- This week ABC7 News is joining a Bay Area wide media campaign to put the spotlight on homelessness in San Francisco and look for possible solutions.RELATED: ABC7 proud to participate in SF Homeless Project ABC7 News reporter Carolyn Tyler visited Seattle, Washington where there is about 3,000 homeless people living on the streets. Seattle has a controversial approach to chronic alcoholics that some say could work in San Francisco.A building at 1811 Eastlake looks like any other apartment building in Seattle, but there you'll find a program that's gained international attention and it's commonly called a wet house. "This is a little white wine, I'm going to down it right now and get it out of your face," one man said.WATCH VIDEO: SF program provides housing, hope for homeless The building opened in 2005, designed specifically for chronic alcoholics who were living on the streets.The county made a list of Seattle's heaviest users of medical services, sobering … [Read more...] about Could wet house program help homeless in SF?
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Like you, we here at ABC7 are frustrated, confused, and dismayed at seeing the problem of homelessness in San Francisco. We want change. This week, ABC7 News joins more than 70 other local news agencies to highlight the problem and encourage our leaders to do something about it.RELATED: ABC7 proud to participate in SF Homeless Project Here's a closer look at one of the many programs looking to solve the homeless crisis by doing the seemingly impossible -- providing housing.They're the ones among us who have fallen, or maybe crawled into the cracks. They have little hope of getting back out. Especially after a long, long time."Probably about eight years, eight or nine years," said Jose Maya, who's just another resident of the tent city squeezed into and around Cesar Chavez Street in San Francisco. Maybe you've driven past and kept going. But not everyone.On this day, Scott Prentice and his homeless outreach team moved in, aiming to save a few lives."Everyone's … [Read more...] about Navigation Center provides housing, hope for SF homeless
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page February 25, 2018 The housing bill that Governor Charlie Baker presented to the Legislature in Beacon Hill testimony last month showcased the governor at his best — but also his most tentative. The bill is well intended, thoughtful, and realistic legislation that would push Massachusetts a step toward solving one of its biggest long-term problems: the lack of middle-class housing. The problem is that it’s an exceedingly small step when so much more is needed.With a reelection campaign coming up, a truly innovative housing bill could be Baker’s opportunity to put forward a transformative agenda for Massachusetts. Reforming the state’s antiquated housing and zoning rules could lower housing costs by reducing obstacles to new construction, making the state a more attractive place for companies to locate and families to live. Advertisement To do … [Read more...] about Aim higher on housing for middle class in Mass.
Shaun Spencer, left, shakes hands with AFC SF Heart’s Maurice Johnson (Courtesy AFC SF) AFC San Francisco Hearts signs Shaun Spencer as football manager The United Premier Soccer League side AFC San Francisco Hearts confirmed that Shaun Spencer, a former scout for Manchester City, and a coach with Manchester United, as the team’s first manager. Spencer is a UEFA A licensed soccer coach who is the director of coaching at the CA Rosewood soccer club in Menlo Park and Atherton. He also previously was a first-team football coach at Blackpool FC, a development coach for Manchester United, and a scout for Manchester City. The SF Glens are hosting an open house for fans this Sunday. SF Glens hold open house for fans and tryouts for players The San Francisco Glens are looking to attract fans and players for their inaugural campaign in the PDL league this year. On Sunday, January 28th the Glens will be hosting an open house and a Q&A session at the Mariposa Hunter … [Read more...] about Bay Area Soccer Round-up: AFC SF Hearts name manager; SF Glens hold open house, tryout; Philip Dos Santos lands in Indy, More locals drafted by MLS