cityhall3.jpgThe plight of San Francisco’s middle class will be discussed by a Board of Supervisors committee at a hearing this afternoon.

The Land Use and Economic Development Committee hearing, requested by Supervisor Scott Wiener, will focus on how to make housing in the city more affordable for the middle class, and how a lack of affordable housing affects job creation.

According to Wiener’s office, only 28 percent of San Francisco households qualify as middle class, a figure that has declined by 10 percent over the past two decades.

“A growing and thriving middle class is the key to the future stability and economic vitality of San Francisco,” Wiener said in a statement. “If we continue to trend toward a city of rich and poor, we will pay the price economically, culturally, and in our city budget.”

Officials from various city departments, including the mayor’s office of housing and the planning department, will make presentations during the meeting, scheduled for 1 p.m. in Room 263 at City Hall.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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