Thank City for Offering Housing Assistance to First Responders

509th Fire Fighters bring the heat

Target: San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell

Goal: Thank for providing housing assistance to San Francisco’s first responders

In national surveys, the city of San Francisco consistently ranks as the most expensive, or one of the most expensive cities to live in throughout the United States. Because of the prohibitively high cost of living in the city, many of the most important people working for the city are forced to live in surrounding cities and commute to work; this includes many first responders. Thanks in large part to city supervisor Mark Farrell, San Francisco sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, paramedics and police officers will be offered down-payment loan assistance for buying homes in the city limits.

Paid for by a city housing program that has already been funded by a local ballot initiative, the program will let active police and fire department personnel apply for up to $100,000 in assistance for down-payment on a principal residence in San Francisco. This program was approved after negotiations between the government and labor unions for the police and fire departments. The loan assistance will be directed to lower-income families of fire responders; only city workers who make less than 200 percent of San Francisco’s median income will be eligible.

In San Francisco, the majority of public first responders live outside of the city limits. These firefighters and policemen and women are some of the most crucial members of the community, and there’s no good reason why they should be forced to endure long commutes to the city whose population they faithfully serve. Thank Supervisor Mark Farrell for his efforts in making housing more affordable for these first responders and making San Francisco a safer place in which to live.


Dear Supervisor Mark Farrell:

I am writing to applaud your role in the creation of the new San Francisco program to help firefighters and policemen and women buy homes in the city. Thanks to your efforts, and the efforts of the unions representing the first responders, this important program will allow some of the most crucial servants to the public to live in the city they serve. Given the exorbitant costs of living in San Francisco, whose real estate is among the most desired in the entire country, this financial assistance program is highly commendable.

Thank you for making the financial well-being of San Francisco’s finest such a priority, and for making the city a safer place to live in by moving first responders withing the city limits. I applaud your efforts and wish you the best of luck.


[Your Name Here]

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