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About HOPE SF: HOPE SF Communities

Introduction
Bayview Hunters Point
Potrero Hill
Western Addition
Visitacion Valley

Introduction
HOPE SF is the nation’s first large-scale public housing revitalization effort to create thriving and sustainable mixed-income communities without major displacement of current residents and families.

In San Francisco, many remember callous and misguided efforts to redevelop the Western Addition/ Fillmore neighborhood. Under Urban Renewal, the City abused its power of eminent domain, displacing thousands of residents and relocating much of the neighborhood’s African-American population. This story resembles hundreds like it across America.

HOPE SF will not repeat those mistakes. Instead, construction will occur in phases to minimize disruption to current residents. In the revitalization process, existing units will be replaced by new apartments and made available to current residents. New housing will be added, and the site will become a mix of public housing apartments, as well as rental and for-sale affordable and market rate apartments.

The HOPE SF initiative will revitalize eight sites located in four San Francisco neighborhoods with rich culture and history:
Bayview Hunters Point
Potrero Hill
Western Addition
Visitacion Valley

While these neighborhoods suffer from higher concentrations of poverty than many other parts of the City, they also contain great opportunities for positive change and growth for both current and future residents.

Read more below about the five HOPE SF sites currently in planning stages.

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Bayview Hunters Point
Since the 1940s Bayview has been the heart of San Francisco’s African-American community. Bayview Hunters Point is located in the southeastern part of San Francisco and is home to the historic Bayview Opera House and Candlestick Park football stadium.

Bayview was the heart of San Francisco’s shipbuilding industry during WWII and evolved into San Francisco’s center for light industrial businesses such as glasswork and textiles. Today, Bayview is known for its strong African-American community, family-owned businesses, neighborhood organizations, and thriving churches.

The main commercial corridor is Third Street, which runs from India Basin to Candlestick Point and features the new T light rail line. The former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard stands in the eastern part of the neighborhood, and east of that is San Francisco Bay.

Four of the eight HOPE SF sites are in Bayview Hunters Point:
Hunters View
Hunters Point
Alice Griffith
Westbrook Apartments

Two of these sites are currently in pre-development planning or under construction. Hunters View is the first HOPE SF site; construction began in early 2010.

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Potrero Hill
Potrero Terrace and Potrero Annex are located along a steep ridge at the southeastern edge of the Potrero Hill neighborhood. The hill was once used for cattle-grazing. The name comes from the Spanish word for “pasture.” People began building homes and businesses on Potrero Hill in the late 1800s.

Today’s Potrero Hill is known for its stunning views, steep hills, parks, and proximity to downtown and freeways. Potrero Hill is one of San Francisco’s highly sought after residential neighborhoods, with its proximity to downtown and freeways and charming restaurants and shops. Busy 18th Street features cafes, restaurants, and a bookstore.

In many ways, Potrero Terrace and Annex are isolated from the thriving Potrero Hill neighborhood. HOPE SF will change that. The revitalized site will change the street pattern and develop a mixed-income community that is connected to the nearby neighborhood—all with minimal displacement of current residents.

Potrero Terrace and Potrero Annex are grouped together are in the HOPE SF plan as the Potrero site. This site is currently in pre-development planning.

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Western Addition
Westside Courts stands on Sutter Street near Broderick in the Western Addition, a neighborhood that got its name from the changing western border of San Francisco in the mid-1800s. During and after World War II, a large African-American community with small businesses and jazz clubs populated the area. Redevelopment displacement in the 1950s resulted in a smaller African-American presence.

Today’s Western Addition is known for its population diversity and small shops and restaurants. The busy Geary Street runs through the neighborhood, providing a strong business corridor and a quick way to reach downtown and other areas of San Francisco.

Westside Courts was the first racially integrated housing in San Francisco. Today, it stands isolated from the nearby neighborhood and is more densely populated than other HOPE SF sites. The HOPE SF revitalization plan will feature new housing and a thriving community that is part of the larger neighborhood.

Westside Courts is part of the HOPE SF initiative and is currently in planning stages.

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Visitacion Valley
The name “Visitacion Valley” comes from Rancho Cañada de Guadalupe la Visitación y Rodeo Viejo, a rancho that once included part of Daly City, the city of Brisbane, and San Bruno Mountain. The area was originally settled by Irish and Italian immigrants and became largely African American during and after World War II.

Visitacion Valley is known for its racial diversity. With many of San Francisco’s recent immigrants moving to the neighborhood, it has become a place with great restaurants featuring food from all regions of the world. The historic McLaren Park also stands in Visitacion Valley, In addition, the extension of the new T light rail line and the new subway to Chinatown will run through Visitacion Valley.

The Sunnydale housing project is part of the HOPE SF plan. In addition to providing new homes, the Sunnydale revitalization plan includes two broad-based initiatives to prevent crime and violence and provide nutritional education to educate and assist the residents of Sunnydale and the larger Visitacion Valley community. These initiatives will help residents gain the tools necessary to take charge of their community, their choices, and their lives.

HOPE SF’s program to revitalize Sunnydale is currently in pre-development planning.

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