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About HOPE SF: Guiding Principles

In 2006, Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Sophie Maxwell convened a broad-based task force to represent diverse perspectives and to develop a set of principles that would become the HOPE SF Initiative. Appointees included public housing residents, affordable housing advocates, community-based organizations, and business owners.

To guard the interests of public housing residents and community stakeholders in the rebuilding and revitalization of their communities, the HOPE SF Task Force created a list of principles to guide revitalization, such as one-for-one replacement of public housing units, job opportunities for residents, integration with neighborhood improvement plans, creation of environmentally sustainable housing, and building a strong sense of community.

These are the resulting vision and guiding principles for HOPE SF.

HOPE SF Vision Statement
Rebuild our most distressed public housing sites, while increasing affordable housing and ownership opportunities, and improving the quality of life for existing residents and the surrounding communities.

HOPE SF Principles:
1. Ensure No Loss of Public Housing.
Provide for one-for-one replacement of public housing units
Build modern, high quality homes
Minimize displacement of existing residents
Rebuild sites in phases
Relocate current residents onsite when possible

2. Create an Economically Integrated Community.

Build a housing ladder that includes:
- Public housing
- Affordable housing
- Market rate housing
- Emphasis on the priority needs for family housing

3. Maximize the Creation of New Affordable Housing.
In addition to one-for-one replacement of public housing, create as much affordable rental and ownership housing as possible on the sites
Fund the rebuilding of the public housing using revenue from the market-rate housing

4. Involve Residents in the Highest Levels of Participation in Entire Project.
Engage residents in planning and implementation
Develop a variety of mechanisms for residents to engage in the process
Recognize resident-driven occupancy criteria

5. Provide Economic Opportunities Through the Rebuilding Process.
Connect appropriate job training and service strategies, such as CityBuild and Communities of Opportunity to the development process
Create viable employment opportunities (jobs) for existing residents during the development process
Take advantage of contracting opportunities for:
- Existing residents
- Local entrepreneurs
- Small and disadvantaged businesses

6. Integrate Process with Neighborhood Improvement Revitalization Plans.
Improved and reformed schools
Parks improvements
Improved transportation
Enhanced public safety
Neighborhood economic development

7. Create Environmentally Sustainable and Accessible Communities.
Incorporate green building principles
Design buildings and neighborhoods that meet long-term accessibility needs

8. Build a Strong Sense of Community.
Solicit input from entire community in planning and development process
Include current and prospective residents
Reach out to and engage neighbors

Thank you to the members of the HOPE SF Task Force for your invaluable contributions and continued service.