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What It Is Today
What It Will Be
How We Will Get There
The Development Team
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What It Is Today
San Francisco’s largest public housing site, Sunnydale-Velasco (“Sunnydale”), sits in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood, at the foot of McLaren Park, San Francisco’s second largest park. The 50-acre, 785-unit site is home to more than 1,700 ethnically diverse people. Sunnydale is served by busses and the T light rail line, with direct connection to downtown San Francisco. Sunnydale has all the components of a classic San Francisco neighborhood. Unfortunately, due to changes in the economy and available resources, many families are struggling to make ends meet. HOPE SF will bring new economic opportunities to the community.

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What It Will Be
Mercy Housing California and Related California organized a community planning process to develop the master plan for the new mixed income development at the Sunnydale site. Held at Sunnydale and in the wider community, the planning meetings are conducted in four languages and involve residents young and old.

Key themes that have emerged from the community planning process is that the new development should
Support youth, elders, and families through quality programs, facilities, and parks;
Provide ways to build community and end the social and physical isolation of the site from the rest of the neighborhood; and
Be a great place to live and visit.

The Master Plan consists of:
785 units of replacement housing, plus another 900 units of tax-credit affordable and market-rate units that are integrated in new residential buildings throughout the site.
A “hub” of activity for the Visitacion Valley community, with a new recreational and educational center, new parks, a community garden, farmer’s market, neighborhood-serving retail, and other community services.
New streets and blocks that are pedestrian oriented, reflect the neighborhood’s scale, and are lush with edible landscaping and rainwater retention bioswales.

The Master Plan outlines the physical ways in which Sunnydale will be developed into a new place that addresses the key themes expressed by the community.

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How We Will Get There
Improving the lives of the current residents is the reason HOPE SF exists. HOPE SF is working together with residents to make sure that the initiative is more than bricks and mortar; it is an opportunity for residents to improve their lives.

Concurrent with the master planning process, the Mercy/Related HOPE SF Community Building Team conducted interviews of community-based organizations in the neighborhood and door-to-door interviews of residents to learn the types of programs, services, and activities that would best meet the needs of the community.


The Sunnydale Service Connectors are dedicated staff, working on-site to: build trusting relationships, do home visits, give support, make referrals to self-identified services that help residents meet their goals, and assist with navigating challenges or barriers to accessing resources. Service Connectors also inform residents of services and opportunities that support family functioning and well-being, including child care, after school programs, employment resources, holistic and health care, vocational and educational resources, and family advocacy and support.


In addition, they provide proactive information, referrals, and linkage to services to ensure access to all city-wide resources and services. This includes a direct linkage to the Bayview Family Resource Center, a program of the Bayview YMCA. The Family Resource Center provides family support and empowerment services and is a hub of information and connections for those with higher levels of need for services and/or families at risk for child abuse and neglect. They use a strengths-based and family-centered model to focus on the context in which the family lives and on issues of resiliency.  The Sunnydale Service Connectors are committed to this family-centered approach to look holistically at the issues facing a family.


Services provided by Bayview YMCA – Family Resource Center and Services are designed to strengthen the ability of parents to care for themselves and their children by promoting self accountability and resiliency, enhancing parental competencies, and improving family functioning. These include:

  • Case Management
  • Family Advocacy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Women’s Healing Circle
  • Mental health Counseling
  • Fatherhood Supportive Services
  • Substance Abuse Support Group
  • Certified Parent Education
  • Domestic Violence Services (Victim Services)
  • Health and Wellness Activities

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The Development Team
The revitalization of Sunnydale will occur through a public-private partnership led by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and the San Francisco Housing Authority. The Development Team, responsible for managing the day-to-day work and resident involvement, was selected through a competitive application process.

Mercy Housing California (MHC)
MHC is a not-for-profit housing development corporation with the mission of creating and strengthening healthy communities through quality service-enriched housing for economically poor people and families. MHC developed, manages and owns four family and senior properties in Visitacion Valley: Britton Courts, Heritage Homes, John King Senior Community, and Carter Terrace and has also developed three community serving facilities in the neighborhood. Mercy Housing is one of the top not-for-profit developers of program-enriched housing in the country.

The Related Companies of California
The Related Companies of California is an industry leader with expertise in virtually every aspect of development and a commitment to continue to break new ground and reshape the industry. Related’s diverse developments span from luxury condominiums and rental residences to award-winning apartments for low- and moderate-income seniors and families. Related is one of the most active developers of residential and commercial properties in California and has successfully developed three master-planned, mixed-income communities in California.

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Contact the Sunnydale Development Team by email or by phone at 415.355.7118
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