San Francisco Soft-Story Retrofit Program

Earthquake Damage - Soft-Story Building

The program has not been well publicized.

The “unknowns” are what typically keeps most homeowners away and probably needs to evaluate how to target the myriad of homeowners in the City.

From low-income, non- or limited-English speaking and economic factors to basic understanding of the program goals.

These retrofits are not for DIY’ers (Do It Yourself’ers) and require services from structural engineers and bids from qualified general contractors; endeavors that most homeowners will not readily embrace.

A mandate will need to take these and other factors into consideration.

Here is the story: