First Homeless Housing Hotel Gets Crocker-Amazon Approval, But
The southernmost hotel in San Francisco won’t be a hotel for long. The Crocker-Amazon’s Mission Inn, some 2,000 feet from the Daly City border on Mission Street, is one of four hotels that City Hall has offered to buy for the homeless. And it became the first to be approved for this purpose at Tuesday night’s supervisory board meeting, at a purchase cost of $ 17.34 million, and with 52 housing units intended to alleviate the problem of homeless in the city.
“It is the moral obligation of our time to move as aggressively as possible to house those who need supportive housing,” said supervisor Ahsha Safai, whose district contains the Mission Inn. He hailed the move as “taking advantage, in a positive way, of something COVID has given us back in our downturn in our real estate market.”
The facility has already been used as transitional housing throughout the pandemic, with several previously homeless veterans staying there as part of a Swords to Plowshares program. Rent for tenants is heavily reduced, but not entirely free, and Safai added that purchasing these hotels is only half the cost of building the same type of affordable housing.
He also noted that “An icing on the cake, just for cinematic value, Pursuit of happiness was shot at this location. Even Hollywood saw the value of using this location to highlight how important it could be to our city in the future.
There are three other hotels awaiting approval as homeless housing in the legislative pipeline. The board will vote next week on approving the Eula hotel at 16th and Mission Streets, already approved in subcommittee with little opposition.
But the rest face much more difficult prospects. The proposed purchase of the scenic apartments on Ninth and Mission streets generated a ton of backlash in the neighborhood, which may or may not hamper its approval by the subcommittee at Wednesday’s meeting of the Budget and Budget Committee. finances. (Update: It was approved.)
And the city’s plan to buy the Kimpton Buchanan hotel in Japantown seems almost dead at this point, even that district’s supervisor Dean Preston, normally a strong advocate for supportive housing, calling for the purchase of housing. other hotels in its place.
Time is of the essence in these hotel purchases. The city must purchase them by the end of 2021 to receive a refund through the state’s Project Homekey program. While they can still claim reimbursements for their hotel purchases in 2022, that reimbursement is less secure next year and the city could end up absorbing higher costs while accommodating fewer people.
As for the Mission Inn, its approval still requires the technicality of a second board approval next week, and the signature of Mayor Breed. These two are conclusions in advance. The board of directors was unanimous in its approval on Tuesday night, and Breed herself proposed the purchase. She will sign the law, and the city will buy and convert this facility.
So what happens to the southernmost hotel in San Francisco if the Mission Inn is no longer a hotel? This honor goes to the Mirage Inn & Suites at 2600 Sloat Boulevard, directly across from the San Francisco Zoo.