Olson Lee, head of the mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development, said in a letter to HUD that the program’s goal is to “provide existing residents the choice to stay within their communities when market rents rise rapidly.”
Photo: Katie Meek, The Chronicle Olson Lee, head of the mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development, said in a letter to HUD that the program’s goal is to “provide existing residents the choice to stay within their communities when market rents rise rapidly.”

Federal housing officials have rejected San Francisco’s neighborhood housing preference plan, which attempts to use policy to stem the exodus of African Americans and members of other minority groups from neighborhoods that are rapidly gentrifying, reports J.K. Dineen of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The city's plan could “limit equal access to housing and perpetuate segregation” in violation of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, said Gustavo Velasquez, assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, in a letter to the head of San Francisco's housing office.

The plan seeks to set aside 40% of all new subsidized units for qualified people already living in the supervisorial district in which the development is being built or within a half mile of the project, writes Dineen.

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