The study found that the majority of children removed from their families and placed in the child welfare system lived near seven street corners that overlapped with obsolete public housing sites, now known as HOPE SF.
HOPE SF integrates new housing with family services, high quality schools, new businesses, public transportation, and green buildings.
Funds allowed San Francisco to rebuild four housing developments in three southeastern neighborhoods in San Francisco: Hunters View and Alice Griffith in the Bayview, Potrero Terrace and Annex in Potrero Hill, and Sunnydale-Velasco in Visitacion Valley without displacing longtime residents. By tripling density, HOPE SF will replace 1,900 public housing units one-for-one and add low-income and market-rate units, ultimately building more than 5,300 homes at multiple levels of affordability. Construction is phased so that residents can remain on site.
This award-winning program, which ran for four years, helped residents build leadership skills and learn about affordable housing development and design concepts so that they could participate in the redevelopment process.
- Developer: The John Stewart Company, Devine & Gong, and Ridge Point
- Proposed Total Units: 600
- Original Public Housing Units: 267
- Public Housing Units Replaced to Date: 214
- Affordable Units Built: 72
- Affordable Units Proposed: 119
- Market-Rate Units Planned: 264
- Construction Start: 2010
- Estimated Completion: 2022 (affordable housing, not market rate)
The public-private partnership for HOPE SF, led by the City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Foundation, and Enterprise Community Partners, brings together expertise from the public, nonprofit, housing, and philanthropic sectors, working together to improve the lives of public housing residents, remove systemic barriers, and build wealth and prosperity.
From 2011 – 2017, Mayor Ed Lee, who grew up in public housing in Seattle and spent much of his career as a civil rights attorney, significantly increased City resources dedicated to HOPE SF. He hired the first Director of HOPE SF , allocated funds to support permanent wellness centers and nursing staff at each of the HOPE SF sites, passed Measure A, securing $310 million in bonds to fund affordable housing programs, which launched Potrero and Sunnydale.
- Community health worker program
- Community-based education liaisons
- Youth development programs
- Employment programs that incorporate wraparound supports and lead to career-pathway jobs and financial security
- Resident leadership, community building, and resiliency programs
- Walking school bus
Families begin moving into new homes at Hunters View, representing 67% retention of original residents (compared to 25% nationwide)
HUD awards a $30.5 million Federal Choice Neighborhood grant to Alice Griffith
The director of HOPE SF is tasked with implementing the vision of HOPE SF, ensuring that partners across multiple sectors are aligned, prioritizing residents of HOPE SF communities, and marshalling their resources in support of the citywide initiative.
- Tomiquia Moss from December 2013 – January 2015
- Theodore B. Miller from January 2015 – April 2021
- Eric Shaw, current acting director
- Developer: McCormack Baron Salazar
- Community and Supportive Services: Urban Strategies
- Proposed Total Units: 1,150
- Original Public Housing Units: 226
- Public Housing Units Replaced to Date: 226
- Affordable Units (tax credit subsidy) Built: 110
- Affordable Units Proposed: 248
- Market-Rate Units Planned: 367
- Construction Start: 2015
- Estimated Completion: 2024
Sunnydale became the first site to pilot a wellness center in 2015. It was so successful that in 2016 wellness centers opened at all four sites and became fully integrated into the City’s health system. Learn More
Mayor Lee championed HOPE SF as the City’s central anti-poverty and equity initiative, increasing resources to ensure that all four sites can be developed with even greater impact.
Families begin moving into new homes at Alice Griffith, representing 90% retention (compared to 25% nationwide)
At Hunters View, all public housing families have finished moving into new homes
- Developer: BRIDGE Housing
- Proposed Total Units: 1,400 – 1,600
- Original Public Housing Units: 619
- Public Housing Units Replaced to Date: 72
- Affordable Units Built: 19
- Affordable Units Proposed: 385
- Market-Rate Units Planned: 800
- Construction Start: 2017
- Estimated Completion: 2034
- Co-Developers: Mercy Housing and Related California
- Proposed Total Units: 1,400 – 1,770
- Original Public Housing Units: 775
- Public Housing Units Replaced to Date: 41
- Affordable Units Built: 14
- Affordable Units Proposed: 119
- Market-Rate Units Planned: 694
- Construction Start: 2017
- Estimated Completion: 2033
Grand opening of 1101 Connecticut in Potrero Hill
COVID-19 highlighted the promise of HOPE SF’s resident-driven approach. Residents engaged in a community-driven response to COVID-19 in collaboration with non-profit agencies and city partners to deliver a range of short- and long-term emergency responses to COVID-19. “It’s a big wraparound of love,” said Larry Jones, a resident of Sunnydale. Residents partnered with providers to distribute food, supplies, PPE, COVID testing, and most recently, vaccinations, making sure that trust was established and resident voices were at the center of planning and decision making. HOPE SF’s relatively low rate of COVID cases defied national statistics and is, without a doubt, a result of community keeping community safe!
Grand opening of Casala: 55 new affordable homes in Sunnydale
San Francisco passes Right to Return legislation which provides a housing preference to current AND former HOPE SF public housing residents—wherever they might currently live—so they benefit from rebuilt, subsidized units in their original neighborhoods in San Francisco. This policy and other key tenets of the HOPE SF program are centered on reversing the impacts of decades of disinvestment and neglect.
Projected completion of construction of affordable units at Hunters View
Projected completion of construction at Alice Griffith
Projected completion of construction at Sunnydale
Projected completion of construction at Potrero
Projected completion of more than 5,300 new low-income, affordable, and market-rate homes across all four HOPE SF sites