The Obama administration needs more time to decide whether to allow San Francisco to move forward on a controversial effort to ease the effect of the housing crisis on some of its most vulnerable communities.
Officials with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) had planned to tell city officials by Friday whether they would reverse a decision they made last month when they rejected San Francisco's neighborhood preference plan.
That program gives priority to low-income and minority residents for new subsidized housing in their own neighborhoods.
HUD said the program violated the 1968 Fair Housing Act by limiting equal access to housing and perpetuating segregation.
The rejection led to intense lobbying by Mayor Ed Lee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who called on the federal agency to reconsider.