Get Involved: FAQ
Q. What is HOPE SF?
A. HOPE SF will revitalize San Francisco’s severely distressed public housing sites by creating thriving, mixed-income communities. In an effort that is likely to become a national model, HOPE SF will create opportunities to transform residents’ lives, not just their homes, by investing in the schools, services, safety, and support needed for success.
Q. What are the HOPE SF sites? Why were these sites chosen?
A. HOPE SF includes eight public housing properties selected by the San Francisco Housing Authority and the Mayor’s Office of Housing. It would be more expensive to repair these properties than to rebuild them with new homes. Additionally, these sites were exclusively public housing at lower densities than the surrounding neighborhoods, which offers the opportunity to create a mixed-income community while replacing all of the public housing.
Find out more about the sites currently in preplanning or planning stages:
Hunters View and the Hunters View website
Sunnydale-Velasco and the Mercy Housing CA website
Potrero Terrace and Potrero Annex and the Rebuild Potrero website
Alice Griffith and the Choice Neighborhoods Press Release
Future HOPE SF sites include Hunters Point and Westbrook.
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Q. How much money will the HOPE SF project cost in total? Who is financing the HOPE SF project?
A. Each development is individually financed, with more than half of the financing coming from private sector investment. Hunters View, the first HOPE SF development, is estimated to cost a total of $450 million, with 75% of the funding coming from private investment and state or federal funds.
Q. How long will it take to complete?
A. The first five developments are expected to take 10 years to complete. The specific timeline for the remaining developments will be determined by the availability of local, state, and federal funding.
See Development Plan and Project Timeline for more information.
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Q. Will the residents and communities have a say in the new plans or does HOPE SF have its own ideas of what to do at each site?
A. HOPE SF will plan collaboratively with residents and neighbors of each site. An inclusive, community-led process will ensure that new sites meet the needs of current residents. Community meetings will ensure that residents’ and neighbors’ thoughts and wishes are heard.
Q. Where will the residents live during construction?
A. The HOPE SF model is to rebuild each site in phases. The goal is to minimize relocation needs and, when possible, enable residents to stay in their existing communities during construction. At Hunters View, all 55 families that were living in the first phase of buildings to be demolished were successfully relocated, each with the opportunity to relocate onsite and most choosing to stay onsite. A few families chose to move for health reasons and were successfully assisted in moving to affordable housing elsewhere.
Q. How many residents will be displaced by the HOPE SF project?
A. HOPE SF will not permanently displace qualified residents. San Francisco has made a commitment to rebuild every unit of public housing. All the developers sign documents with the San Francisco Housing Authority and the Mayor’s Office of Housing agreeing to meet this commitment.
See The Basics and Right to Revitalized Housing for more information.
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Q. Will the residents be able to return after construction? Will there be restrictions regarding the residents' return?
A. All residents will have the right to move into the revitalized units, provided that they have not been evicted or served by the Housing Authority with a summons and complaint for eviction.
See Right to Revitalized Housing for more information.
Q. Some of the problems at these sites won’t be solved just by constructing new buildings. How will things be different?
A. HOPE SF will not simply rebuild dilapidated buildings. HOPE SF offers residents new opportunities to grow, succeed, and become part of a healthy, mixed-income community.
|•||Service Connectors will put residents in touch with vital city services, including educational and employment opportunities and child care.|
|•||Community Builders will facilitate planning of activities to bring together all residents across income levels to strengthen the community and address shared concerns such as neighborhood safety|
|•||Job training programs will prepare residents to access new employment opportunities, including demolition and construction jobs at the site.|
|•||Economically Integrated Communities|
|•||Parks and Open Space|
|•||Neighborhood Shops and Businesses|
These are the building blocks of neighborhood transformation, and are essential to achieving the goal of creating neighborhoods desirable to families with a wide range of incomes.
Learn more about neighborhood improvements.
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Q. Who are the developers HOPE SF is working with? Why were they chosen?
A. Five different development teams work on HOPE SF. Each site has its own team which was selected by the San Francisco Housing Authority through a competitive selection process.
- Ridge Point Non Profit Housing Corporation
- The John Stewart Company
- Devine and Gong, Inc.
- Bridge Housing Corporation
- Build LLC
- Mercy Housing
- The Related Companies
See HOPE SF Partners and Contacts for more information.
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Q. Which city agencies are involved in HOPE SF?
A. San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing
San Francisco Housing Authority
San Francisco Human Services Agency
San Francisco Unified School District
San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families
San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
See HOPE SF Partners for more information.
Q. How many public housing units will you be building in Hunters View?
A. The developers of Hunters View will rebuild all 267 units of public housing. The replacement apartments will be integrated in the same buildings with 83 affordable rental homes, generally for other families earning between $40,000 and $50,000 per year. These buildings will be mixed with for-sale condominiums and townhouses across the Hunters View site. The first phase of Hunters View will include 106 rental apartments and 80 homes for-sale. Find out more about Hunters View.
For the broader HOPE SF initiative, there will be a one-for-one replacement of all of the public housing integrated in the same buildings with other affordable rental homes. The total number of market-rate and affordable homes will be determined on a site-by-site basis in consultation with residents, neighbors, and public officials.
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Q. Isn’t HOPE SF just a repeat of HOPE VI? How is it different?
A. HOPE SF was developed in response to some of the lessons learned from HOPE VI revitalization projects. Unlike many HOPE VI projects around the country, HOPE SF is focused on minimizing displacement of residents and ensuring that current residents are the main beneficiaries of this investment. In addition, the HOPE SF efforts in San Francisco generally includes efforts to create a broader income-mix within the community, rebuild parks, improve schools, and bring neighborhood-serving retail within easy walking distance of homes. Finally, many HOPE VI revitalization projects resulted in a loss of public housing. HOPE SF is committed to replacing every public housing unit in the project sites.
Before launching HOPE SF, the HOPE SF Task Force and public agency staff studied efforts in cities around the country to find out more what worked and what didn’t. The HOPE SF Principles reflect those lessons learned and put a “San Francisco” stamp on the national effort to revitalize public housing.
Q. Isn’t the main purpose to gentrify these neighborhoods?
A. HOPE SF is not urban renewal and it is not a clever attempt to disguise gentrification. Unlike many HOPE VI projects around the country, HOPE SF is focused on minimizing relocation of residents and ensuring that current residents are the main beneficiaries of this investment. In addition to a commitment to replace all of the public housing, HOPE SF developments are generally done in phases to minimize the need for relocation and allow families to remain in their community if they choose. In addition, HOPE SF’s heavy investment in pre-development services and high resident involvement help to stabilize and improve the lives of the current residents, preparing them for future success.
Potrero Terrace and Potrero Annex
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