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About HOPE SF

HOPE SF Sites
Goal 1: Build superior housing
Goal 2: Enhance the lives of existing residents
Goal 3: Serve as a catalyst for improving the surrounding neighborhood
Goal 4: Advance knowledge in the field nationally about best practices in public housing revitalization and community development
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Impact

For too long, San Francisco public housing residents have lived in dilapidated buildings in neglected neighborhoods with few opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty.  In one of the most vibrant cities in the nation, they have struggled with poor schools, limited employment opportunities, and with a sense of isolation.  HOPE SF is the solution.

 

HOPE SF is the nation’s first large-scale public housing revitalization project to prioritize current residents while also investing in high-quality, sustainable housing and broad scale community development.  In sites across San Francisco, HOPE SF will create thriving, mixed-income communities that provide residents healthy, safe homes and the support they need to succeed. Green buildings, better schools, new local businesses and onsite resident services will transform these communities and provide opportunities to the residents who have struggled here for generations.

 

By enabling residents to remain in their neighborhoods during the redevelopment, HOPE SF will serve as a stabilizing force in some of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods, helping African-Americans and families of all colors to remain in the city.  HOPE SF will have one-to-one replacement of public housing units and phased development, allowing for on-site relocation of current residents and minimizing displacement during construction.

 

The initiative will transform obsolete housing projects into vibrant neighborhoods with over 5,000 new public, affordable and market-rate homes. HOPE SF focuses on San Francisco’s most troubled housing projects. These are neighborhoods where gunshots pierce the air many nights, apartments languish in disrepair with mold and rodent problems, and there are no grocery stores or laundromats within walking distance.  These are also neighborhoods with tight-knit families and strong cultural traditions.

 

HOPE SF will invest several billion dollars in these neighborhoods over time to preserve their strengths and bolster their communities.  At a time when federal money for public housing revitalization has decreased, San Francisco courageously launched an innovative campaign to fund these improvements with a combination of public and private dollars.

HOPE SF Sites
HOPE SF begins with Hunters View. The San Francisco Housing Authority, Mayor’s Office of Housing, and private developers have been engaged in predevelopment planning and community engagement at Hunters View since 2005. Demolition began on the first phase of the site in 2010, commencing a $100-million infrastructure and construction investment over the next two years and a $450 million investment for the entire development by 2016.

Four other public housing developments have also been selected to be part of the HOPE SF initiative:
Sunnydale-Velasco
Westside Courts
Potrero Terrace and Annex
Alice Griffith

Two additional sites, Hunters Point and Westbrook Apartments, are in preplanning stages.

Community planning processes are underway to redesign these communities with new buildings, streets, parks, and landscaping. Rebuilding most sites will occur in phases to minimize disruption to existing residents. Where possible, the project will accommodate on-site relocation. Qualified residents will move into the new apartments as they become available. At the same time, HOPE SF is working with the residents of all developments to ensure that community needs are met.

HOPE SF has four overarching goals for the initiative and the evaluation:

Building

Goal 1: Build superior housing
With the reduction of federal dollars for public housing revitalization over the last decade, the City of San Francisco stepped up and created HOPE SF to ensure that critical needs of the city’s public housing residents were met.

HOPE SF will provide all qualified current residents a new home in the revitalized community.

How We Will Get There
HOPE SF’s phased approach helps to keep the existing community intact and minimizes the disruption of residents’ and families’ lives while construction is underway. Read more about HOPE SF Communities
San Francisco initially committed an unprecedented $95 million to HOPE SF and intends to invest an additional $100 to $200 million for its completion.
Success is already underway in the first phase at Hunters View. All 55 families were successfully relocated to other units in their community prior to the early 2010 groundbreaking.

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Goal 2: Enhance the lives of existing residents
HOPE SF is not just about bricks and mortar. HOPE SF will support the residents of these communities as they strengthen and improve their neighborhoods.

How We Will Get There
Residents are involved in planning HOPE SF communities, working alongside architects to design the future homes and create a vision for the new community. Read more about resident leadership.
HOPE SF has spearheaded a high-level city agency partnership to oversee and fund pre-development services. Learn more about HOPE SF Partners
On-site Service Connectors link residents with vital city services such as educational and employment opportunities, as well as child care.
HOPE SF will provide job training and readiness programs to prepare residents for employment. The HOPE SF Leadership Academy provides training services for residents, including classes in urban planning, communications-skills building, and negotiation strategies.

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Goal 3: Serve as a catalyst for improving the surrounding neighborhood

HOPE SF will replace the current public housing at its sites with high-quality mixed-income housing, improving the physical surroundings of the neighborhoods and creating more peaceful and stable communities for the current residents. Read more about neighborhood improvements.

How We Will Get There
Mixed-income communities benefit the lives of all people in the community and become catalysts for attracting businesses, improved transportation, and other resources.
HOPE SF will work to create safe and vital neighborhood parks and open spaces for each community to enjoy.
Successful schools are a critical building block to mixed-income neighborhoods. HOPE SF has partnered with the San Francisco Unified School District to improve neighborhood schools near HOPE SF developments. For example, new initiatives will strengthen and improve Malcolm X Elementary School, located at the edge of Hunters View.

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Goal 4: Advance knowledge in the field nationally about best practices in public housing revitalization and community development

HOPE SF is the nation’s first large-scale public housing revitalization effort to create thriving and sustainable mixed-income communities by drawing on what works well in current communities and without displacing residents.

How We Will Get There
HOPE SF will undergo continuous evaluation. This will allow the program to leverage newly available research and best practices to strengthen each phase of development and work effectively with the community.
Ongoing improvements to the plan will inform other public revitalization projects around the country.
HOPE SF is collaborating with renowned experts and researchers, including Enterprise Community Partners.

 


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The Basics
The Right to Revitalized Housing
Get Involved
HOPE SF Contacts



Building Photo: Bob Canfield