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Introducing the Place to Prosper Pilot Program

Initiated in 2009, the Partnership for HOPE SF aims to introduce mixed-income communities in four former public housing neighborhoods- Potrero Hill, Sunnydale, Alice Griffith, and Hunters View- without the displacement of legacy residents. HOPE SF neighborhoods are home to a residential community with 45% of residents identifying as African American/Black, and a median household income of $15,000. The most recent initiative aimed at supporting resident well-being and advancing community wealth is a pilot-to-policy program known as Place to Prosper. Led by the San Francisco Foundation, the Place to Prosper pilot began as a conversation rooted in community. Between October 2020 and March 2022, the HOPE SF Wealth Building and Planning Design Team met weekly to gather resident ideas and input on the focus of an upcoming pilot opportunity. Through discussion and collaboration, thirteen HOPE SF residents and community partners created the Wealth Building Framework and selected a direct cash transfer pilot as the foundation of the upcoming program. Grounded in the Wealth Building Framework, the Place to Prosper pilot centers Blackness, intentionally addressing anti-Blackness and recognizing economic disadvantage. The Place to Prosper pilot “puts Black people at the core of a vision for racial justice with the understanding that pulling […]
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HOPE SF: The Story of Now

Download the final report produced by Social Policy Research Associates (SPR). HOPE SF The Story of Now provides a snapshot of HOPE SF residents using data from our government and non-profit partners. The report and its findings are another step toward building a culture of data across the initiative and developing a shared understanding of how to use data to better support residents.
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With California schools opening soon, kids lack needed tech to learn remotely

Betty Hunter and her rising eighth grader had a challenging spring of distance learning. On one hand, Hunter felt “blessed” that her son, Angel, received at least some form of live instruction each day from his teachers at the Mary L. Booker Leadership Academy, the San Francisco charter school he attended this spring. Educators also made themselves available through office hours, another plus. Then there were the struggles. Hunter was forced to balance her day job and serve as her son’s de facto teacher. Angel, already behind his grade level in math, had trouble with multiplication and... read more →
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Our Commitment to Racial Equity and Reparations

HOPE SF is an ambitious cross-sector initiative to transform San Francisco’s most disinvested neighborhoods into thriving, inclusive, mixed-income communities without displacing original residents. Far more than simply a housing redevelopment effort, the public-private Partnership for HOPE SF, led by the Mayor’s office, the San Francisco Foundation, and Enterprise Community Partners, has affirmatively framed the initiative as a way to advance racial equity and reparations  in San Francisco. In honor of Black History Month, The CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, Fred Blackwell, explored this reparations vision with Theo Miller, Director of HOPE SF in the Office of... read more →
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Black History Month

Malik's words... Why are you proud to be African American or Black? My parents, grandparents, and community, who were largely black, always expressed pride in being black, and I grew up black and proud, always acknowledging the accomplishments of my ancestors. I am proud of the resiliency that my people have... read more →
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Mark’s Story

Mark Joseph has spent 15 years analyzing the potential promise and pitfalls of mixed-income communities. In theory, a mixed-income development approach can allow for the transformation of isolated, forgotten neighborhoods and the lives of the residents who live there, says Joseph, a professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. But in communities across the country, a very different story has played out, he says. Again and again, ventures that move more affluent residents into low-income neighborhoods lead to social isolation and friction, often causing the original residents to feel marginalized and judged in the communities they’ve... read more →
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Innovation & Learning

We’re not just driven. We’re data-driven, too. We are committed to tracking and measuring the impact of our investments to ensure that we are accountable to residents — and that our most successful programs can be scaled. (All data points are in comparison to the 2012 baseline.)

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Alice Griffith Originally built in 1962 near the now-demolished Candlestick Park, Alice Griffith — known locally as “Double Rock”, received a $30.5 million HUD Choice Neighborhood Award in 2012. HOPE SF completed the first phase of construction in 2017, achieving nearly 90% retention of original residents. Alice Griffith is part of the Hunters Point Shipyard/Candlestick Point LEED for Neighborhood Development plan. When completed, there will be expanded transit, retail and office space, a research and development campus, and more than 300 acres of open space.

The Partnership – Old

The Partnership for HOPE SF was established in 2011 by civic and philanthropic leaders who came together to support the City of San Francisco in creating new practices to achieve the ambitious vision of racially and economically inclusive communities. The Partnership plays a critical role in convening key partners and experts, providing technical assistance and capacity building, overseeing research and evaluation, and advocating for the long-term sustainability of the initiative. It also raises funds to seed innovative programs in education, health care, resident leadership, and economic advancement. Leadership Leading The Partnership are three organizations:... read more →
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