Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco has announced applications will be accepted starting Tuesday, February 22nd, for eight affordable homes in 36 Amber Drive in Diamond Heights, San Francisco. The period will last until April 22nd. Applicants must attend the virtual information session led by the non-profit, with one scheduled for tomorrow.
Six meetings will be scheduled at various dates starting tomorrow, with the last on April 1st. For information about how to sign up to attend the virtual meetings held on Zoom, visit the application website here. According to the page, “when applications open on February 22, 2022, we will update this page.” Applications can be filed up until April 22nd, 2022.
Attending one of the six virtual information sessions is a requirement to apply. Units will be offered to households earning between 50-80% of the Area Median Income and on the condition that the purchaser volunteer work at the construction site for a minimum of 500 hours. Additional conditions are listed on the website linked above.
The eight condominiums are being offered in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development, within the office’s Below Market Rate housing program. There will be two two-bedroom units, five three-bedroom units, and one four-bedroom unit. Each household will have one parking space and an in-unit washing machine.
Kerman Morris Architects is responsible for the design. The firm wrote that to help reduce costs, it “is donating a significant proportion of our services, providing design and construction documents, facilitating permitting, and partnering with other like-minded consultants.” Along with donating their services, KMA ensured the project will be infused with “functionality, simplicity of construction, durability of systems and materials, and low maintenance.”
Construction is building three 40-foot tall structures on the 0.15-acre site to yield 12,660 square feet with 9,790 square feet for residences and 2,440 square feet for parking. Integrated Design Studio, based in Marin County, is the landscape architect.
The project started with the demolition of a former cottage owned by Maria “Mitzi” Kolisch, a local San Francisco up until she passed away in 1987. As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, Kolisch also wished to replace the single unit with more affordable housing, and her son, Mischa Seligman, would eventually see this through. Seligman attended the official groundbreaking for the project in late 2019.
36 Amber Drive is two blocks away from Diamond Heights Boulevard, nearby several MUNI bus lines. Residents will also be nearby Twin Peaks, a popular destination in the city to get picturesque views of the Bay Area.