About HOPE SF: Development Plan
Hunters View will serve as the pilot site for the program, allowing the HOPE SF team and community members to examine and refine the model. As the first HOPE SF development, Hunters View is poised to establish the innovative goals and strategies that characterize the HOPE SF initiative.
Demolition of Hunters View began in early 2010, commencing $100 million dollars in infrastructure and construction investment over the next two years, and $450 million for the entire development by 2015.
As Hunters View
begins construction, planning will proceed at three additional sites: Potrero Terrace and Annex
, and Alice Griffith
. Residents, community members, and a team of architects and developers will work together to design new communities with open spaces, building architectures, and community facilities. Simultaneously, developers will pursue financing from multiple public and private sources for infrastructure, building, services, and community amenities and programs.
Historically, one of the greatest criticisms of HOPE VI and other large-scale redevelopment has been displacement – not only of individual households, but also of entire communities established over decades. A phased development plan allows residents to remain within their existing community during development and to take advantage of economic opportunities, such as like construction jobs, throughout the process. Where possible, one portion of each site will be constructed at a time, allowing families to move into vacant units in other parts of the development and remain on site. In the first phase at Hunters View, 55 families and 2 businesses were relocated successfully on site. When construction is finished, all qualified residents will be able to live in the Hunters View community.
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Delivering Immediate-Need Repairs
Since the HOPE SF rebuilding process will take years, the San Francisco Housing Authority, in partnership with the City, has taken immediate steps to address urgent infrastructure and rehabilitation needs at all sites. In 2007, Mayor's Office of Housing (MOH) and the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) created a $2 million annual public housing repairs program to make immediate repairs to sewer systems, elevators, and lighting – repairs that have the greatest effect on the safety, security, and health of residents.
In 2009, HUD recognized the urgency of repairing public housing in San Francisco and awarded the SFHA $17.9 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to complete urgent improvements. The stimulus funding will improve nearly 1,800 SFHA homes. A snapshot of the work to be done includes fixing 200 vacant apartments so that they can provide housing to families on the SFHA wait list, upgrading fire alarm systems, completing weatherization, and repainting occupied apartments.
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