S.F. Housing Authority Given Deadline to Improve Section 8 Housing

It has been well documented over the years that San Francisco's Housing Authority is in shambles; it can't collect rent on time, it can't keep records on file, and it hasn't been training its staff.

And while federal authorities — every year — issue  reports demanding the beleaguered agency pull it together, the average public housing tenant has seen no real change.

It's not just public housing; the city's Section 8 program has been long neglected, leading to a multiple agency review. Last year federal authorities released a scathing audit, detailing dwelling units that were missing doors, trashed with debris, and displaying electrical hazards.

In one review, which was conducted by the Office of Inspector General, 89 percent of section 8 houses that were inspected failed to meet federal standards because the housing authority wasn't holding landlords accountable for maintaining safe and clean living units.

SFHA was forced to pay a fine of $271,000 after that report came out.

That was in August, and now the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is telling the San Francisco Housing Authority that it has one year to reverse these serious problems — or else.

Or else what?

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