For Immediate Release - April 9 2007
Contact: William Strawn, DBI Communications Manager, 415-558-6250
DBI-SAN FRANCISCO HOUSING AUTHORITY SIGN MOU;
IMPROVES ACCESS, AUGMENTS PUBLIC RESOURCES FOR TENANTS
SAN FRANCISCO – The Department of Building Inspection (DBI) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the San Francisco Housing Authority.
“This MOU provides improved access by DBI’s housing inspectors to Housing Authority properties, especially in cases where buildings may pose life-safety issues to tenants,” noted DBI’s Director Isam Hasenin, P.E., C.B.O. “Given the Authority’s limited resources to document the needs for repair priorities, as well as to implement repairs in a timely manner, the MOU enables DBI to utilize its expertise and complaint tracking system to provide critical documentation and assessments to the Housing Authority.
“Working closely with community housing partners who play invaluable roles in our Code Enforcement Outreach Program (CEOP)”, Hasenin added, “DBI’s experienced housing inspectors will be able to document the nature and extent of repairs needed, and notify Housing Authority management and maintenance staff on any tenant life-safety priorities.”
While any repairs or other remediation actions required in any Housing Authority property remain the responsibility of the Housing Authority, and subject to possible action by the City Attorney’s office to ensure compliance, this MOU strengthens the voices of concerned tenants and improves vital communications links between DBI’s housing experts and the Housing Authority.
With this MOU, tenants in Housing Authority properties are advised to notify first the Housing Authority about specific building repair needs by calling its 24-hour maintenance line, Tel. 415/715-3100. Tenants also may want to contact DBI’s Housing Division, Tel. 415/558-6220; or one of DBI’s CEOP partners, the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, Tel. 415/703-8644, for support and assistance.
DBI’s initiative on this MOU is one more pro-active step the Department is taking to assure more quality housing throughout the City, and includes the hiring of four more Housing Inspectors this fiscal year.
DBI oversees the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of City building, housing, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and disability access codes for San Francisco’s more than 150,000 buildings. Please visit www.sfgov.org/dbi for more detailed information.
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