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San Francisco Proposal to Boost Nonprofit Housing Providers Nears Approval

April 12, 2019 / STEVE DUBB

A proposal authored by San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer called the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA) is rapidly advancing in the city’s Board of Supervisors, reports Jared Brey for Next City. Specifically, Fewer’s measure would “confer upon certain nonprofit organizations a first-right-to-purchase, consisting of both a right of first offer and a right of first refusal, over all multi-family residential buildings (and related construction sites and vacant lots) in the City, for the purpose of creating and preserving rent-restricted affordable rental housing.” The ordinance was introduced last December. In February, the measure cleared a major hurdle when the city’s Planning Commission endorsed the idea, writing that “The Commission finds that the proposed ordinance aligns with the Planning Department’s goals and priorities.