We did it!

9 11 2012

We did it! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of thousands of San Franciscans to affordable housing in this City, we won the Housing Trust Fund!

We are really proud of what we accomplished together on the campaign, walking over 300 precincts (many of those twice!) and mobilizing hundreds of building tenants and grassroots members. We won with an overwhelming 65% of the vote, and put San Francisco on the map, again, as a national leader in affordable housing, making us the first city in California with a permanent local source, and committed our city to the long-term development of affordable and supportive housing in the post-Redevelopment era.

Our success depended on a wide network of progressive allies, the Human Services Network, the Coalition on Homelessness, SF Rising, Coleman, Causa Justa::Just Cause, Jobs with Justice, the Progressive Revenue Coalition, ACCE, and others, with whom we will need to continue to build over the coming years. Our victory for a local permanent source for affordable housing is also testament to the legacy of many years of hard work by Calvin Welch and Rene Cazenave. Proposition C’s success lays the foundation for further policy wins into the future, the ongoing tasks of working to create a city of opportunity, equity, and diversity.

Even as we celebrate, we must not forget the other side: 35% of our city voted against affordable housing. We have a long road still ahead, building new relationships and alignments with a changed Board of Supervisors, making new friends with neighborhoods and communities, weathering the uncertainty of a still-shaky economy, navigating a long list of game-changing land use and policy proposals coming at us, and the fundamentally important work of building a movement with our progressive allies.

To victory! And the struggle continues!


6 11 2012

Tuesday night, join us at the Rio Grande bar, 1108 Market St. (btwn 7th St & Jones St), starting at 7:30 pm.

Celebrate a successful campaign with the PODER DJ crew, live election results, light food and excellent cocktails (cash only).


League of Women Voters on Prop C

6 11 2012

Click on the photo below to check out CCHO’s Peter Cohen debating the Libertarian Party on the merits of Prop C.

Marching for Housing Justice – YES on C! YES on E!

5 11 2012

Marching for Housing Justice on a beautiful day before Election Day, from the cable car turnaround to Civic Center, with a wonderful group of friends and allies – with the Coalition on Homelessness, SRO Families United, Chinatown CDC, SOMCAN, Housing Rights Committee, Coleman, Jobs with Justice, and the Council of Community Housing Organizations! Long live rent control, long live affordable housing!!!


Get out the vote for Props C & E!

4 11 2012




  1. March for Props C & E. Monday morning November 5, 2012, at 10 am, we will join the Coalition on Homelessness, SRO Families United, the Chinatown Community Development Center, and our allies for a rally and March in support of Props C & E. Please join us, and raise your voices in support of Affordable Housing for All! 10 am, Market and Powell cable car turnaround to City Hall.
  2. Get Out The Vote! Monday through the end of Election Day Tuesday, join us for GOTV visibility and phone banking to our IDed voters! Every vote counts! Join us at campaign headquarters, 2778 Market & Noe, pick up picket signs and t-shirts, or join us on the phone banks!
  3. Election Night! Tuesday night, join us at the Rio Grande bar, 1108 Market St. (between 7th St & Jones St), starting at 7:30 pm. With the PODERoso DJ crew, live election results, and a cash-only bar (volunteers come early for food and drinks!). Friends and allies of Prop C, please let all your hard-working election volunteers know, and see you on the other side of the finish line!

Prop C on film!

1 11 2012

Click on the photo to check out people.power.media’s spot on the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Thank you Dyan Ruiz and Joseph Smooke!





Bicyclists for Prop C!

31 10 2012

And thanks to David Baker for leading the Affordable Housing Day bike tour!

Prop C – HELL YES!!!

31 10 2012

Thank you to the San Francisco League of Pissed Off Voters for giving Prop C a “HELL YES” endorsement! Here is what they said:

Prop C – Affordable ‘Housing Trust Fund’ – HELL YES!
When redevelopment agencies were dissolved, everyone rallied to find a new source of income to build affordable housing. Prop C will recapture property tax $ meant for those agencies, plus some of the new cash from Prop E (see below). It’d guarantee $1.2 billion over 30 years for affordable housing – we say hell yes!

Cats and Dogs for Prop C!

24 10 2012

How can we not win when Gina the Cat and the Bernal Fiesta Dog say “YES on C”???

Thanks Amy Beinart and Todd Lapin.

Treasures Abound: Treasure Island for Prop C

24 10 2012

Thanks to the Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative (TIHDI) and the feisty TIHDI/CCCYO/CHP crew for getting Treasure Island for Prop C!


Episcopal Community Services urges San Francisco voters to ‘Vote YES on Prop C’

19 10 2012

Our mission at Episcopal Community Services is to assist people in ending homelessness in their lives, but affordable housing is scarce in San Francisco and will become scarcer without Prop C. Just last year, rent increased by 12%, making San Francisco one of the most challenging rent markets in the U.S. Prop C will safeguard funds that were originally destined for affordable housing in the recently dissolved state redevelopment agencies. Over the next 30 years, Prop C will provide for 9,000 units of quality affordable homes for people who are being priced out of San Francisco, such as single people earning less than $44,000 or a family of four earning less than $93,000.

Read more on the Episcopal Church Diocese web site!





Proposition C is housing for all of us! Letter from Oscar Grande of PODER

16 10 2012

From last week’s Prop C press conference at BHNC’s Crocker Amazon Senior Apartments in the Excelsior.


Proposition C is “housing for all of us”. 

We live in one of the greatest cities in the world, but it’s one of the most expensive cities in the country.  Prop C’s Housing Trust Fund will create opportunities for you and I to live and thrive in the City we love.  Over a billion dollars over thirty years for building low-income affordable homes, doubling the size of the city’s first-time homebuyer loan program, a new program to stabilize the foreclosure crisis, and incentives to build privately-funded mixed-income projects. A key feature to making this work is successful collaboration with government, non-profit developers, private developers and you, who have invested so much to make this City such an awesome place to live, work and play.

I was born and raised in this community, I love my neighborhood and the people, the small mom and pops, the rich cross-culture of ideas and traditions, the community institutions that we know and trust. I am raising 4 children and my wife teaches public school in the Mission. I work at a nonprofit organization PODER. I organize community residents for affordable housing and environmental justice. We don’t make a lot of money; as a working family we worry about the future of our children- their education, their health, their careers, the economy. Affordable housing is a big part of our concerns. I’m part of a generation whose family immigrated to this country, settled in San Francisco, landed good blue-collar union jobs, bought a home in the Excelsior, and began to lay down long-term roots. I have benefited from this stability. My experience is unlike many of the families I know- kicked out, priced out, foreclosed on, and living in deplorable conditions. My family and I have been able to focus on building assets, getting involved in our community, raising our kids. We shouldn’t have to struggle for housing – housing is a basic human right!

Why we need to support Prop C?

As someone who has spent the last 15 years advocating and organizing my community for affordable housing, I can tell you that the key to making this a success is collaboration and cooperation. The old adage that it takes a village is exactly what this proposition is all about. With the closure of redevelopment agencies it got a lot harder to build and finance affordable housing. Prop C will provide an essential source of funding to make the it easier for non-profits developers to do what they know best – build and manage the most kick-butt affordable homes on the West Coast. Here in my neighborhood there are ripe publically owned lands sitting vacant and under-utilized. San Jose & Geneva in one example. Prop C money could be the solution to putting our City to work and building much needed affordable housing on that site. It’s close to BART, buses, local business, near City College, Balboa High School, and Denman.

On November 6 vote yes on Prop C “Housing for all of us”

Do it for you’re your kids, do it for your co-workers, do it for your neighbors, do it for your grandparents, and do it for yourself. We work to hard to make this City the greatest place in the world, we deserve to live and plant roots here. We don’t deserve to be priced out. We deserve to benefit from all our hard work.


Propositions C + E in District 5 & 9

15 10 2012



As we gear up for the final push on our Prop C campaign, we are joining forces with Prop E to drop a joint door hanger in Districts 5 & 9 over the next two weeks (as well as a Chinese language joint door hanger in District 1 & 3 with our Chinatown allies). Join us at 10:00 am to spread the word about Propositions C & E throughout these two key progressive districts. Prop C t-shirts to the first 20 to arrive!

More than just an affordable housing measure, CCHO sees the Housing Trust Fund as part of an overall strategy for the City’s future. Props C and E advance a comprehensive Housing and Economic Development vision for the City. Props C and E are supported by a broad range of stakeholders from across the political spectrum –business and organized labor, housing and tenant organizations, and health and human services. Together Props C and E address structural deficiencies in critical infrastructure for the city’s neighborhoods – affordable housing, supportive services and small businesses.

Yes on C & E!



October 20, 2012, 10:00am-12:00pm  |  365 Fulton (at Gough)


October 27, 10:00am-12:00pm  |  3224½ 22nd St. (at Mission) 


Prop C in the Bayview!

15 10 2012
A big thanks to all who helped in our Prop C mobilization in the Bayview last Saturday! Thanks especially to SFHDC for hosting us at Bayview Commons, and to their staff and volunteers (esp. Marlene Harris and Sister Stephanie) for our most prepared and well-fed mobilization so far, and to SFHDC’s youth for covering several precincts. In addition to SFHDC, TNDC, CHP, BHNC, ECS, and the Northern California Carpenters Union walked precincts. Oh, and three of our EDs walked precincts this weekend! CCDC covered Visitation Valley the week before, and SPUR will be covering Potrero Hill in a couple of weeks, so we will have done all of District 10 by Election Day.
Next week, we will be back in the Western Addition for the start of our final push to the finish line, with a new joint Prop C and Prop E door hanger.

This Saturday – Prop C in the Bayview!

12 10 2012





October 13, 2012, 10am – 12 pm

4439 Third St. (Bayview Commons)

At 10 am, please join us for a “Yes on C” mobilization and precinct walk, starting at one of SFHDC’s affordable housing sites in the heart of the Bayview. We will have refreshments and Prop C t-shirts while they last!

PODER youth leader Alejandra Guzman speaks for Prop C

10 10 2012

Thank you Alejandra for speaking out for affordable housing at the District 11 rally! With friends like these how can we not win???

Hello everyone my name is Alejandra Guzman, and I am a youth member from PODER, which stands for People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights. I am here today to talk about the importance of why Prop C, the Housing Trust Fund must pass. San Francisco has always been culturally diverse; there are people of a variety of backgrounds that bring unique qualities to our city. However, San Francisco has become expensive to live in. As a result, this has forced many people to move out of the city because families cannot afford increases in rent. One of the alternatives that people choose to avoid increasing rent is by applying to affordable housing apartments. The problem is that there is not enough affordable housing in the city for everyone to live in. I consider myself very fortunate because my father and I were accepted at an affordable housing apartment building. But it made me wonder, what was going to happen to those hundreds of families who got turned away? The majority of people who could benefit from affordable housing buildings are working class and people of color. They are the ones who have been impacted the most by displacement and gentrification. These San Franciscans are one of the backbones of this city and contribute greatly to its workforce as well as economy. It is unacceptable that we allow for this to happen because it is the city’s duty to protect the rights of those who have invested in it. There is a dire need for affordable housing since everyone, no matter what their income is, has the right to live in San Francisco.

Although our communities are being greatly impacted by displacement and gentrification, people have been coming together and working around these issues. PODER and other community based organizations have been organizing to ensure that the working class can stay in the city by fighting for more affordable housing. A great example of this work is the Balboa Upperyard, which is not so far from here. The Upperyard is vacant city owned land on San Jose and Geneva Avenue that should be dedicated to benefiting our communities. This year Communities United for Health and Justice (CUHJ) a coalition of community based organizations, was able to take back the Balboa Upperyard and is in the process of turning that property into affordable housing! The Upperyard is a great example of the city and community working together to meet our community’s needs.

It is crucial that Proposition C pass so that the working class and people of color can continue to live in San Francisco. Proposition C will ensure that affordable housing projects, like the Balboa Upperyard, that are in the process of being developed, are completed and readily available for families. It will also create the opportunity for new affordable housing proposals to be developed throughout the city. We love our city and the variety of people who make it up and want everyone to be able to live here. Thank you.

Prop C and Affordable Housing Day, in District 11!

9 10 2012


A big thanks to all who helped in our Prop C mobilization and Affordable Housing Day efforts last Saturday!

Thanks to Mayor Lee and Supervisor Avalos at the rally in the Excelsior, making the case for Prop C together with our neighborhood allies (PODER, Coleman, ACCE, etc.), and everyday folks fighting foreclosures. We had a strong turnout, good energy, and press! A special thanks to Bernal for hosting the rally and the mobilization site. We covered 35 precincts in District 11, with Coleman Advocates covering 17 precincts on their own! Thanks also to PODER, ECS, TNDC, HRC, AND, ALRP, Hospitality House, Dolores Street Community Services, and Senior and Disability Action for their weekend volunteers!

And Affordable Housing Day San Francisco was a resounding success, with 13 open houses, and some sites receiving close to 75 visitors. The large numbers of people who showed up looking for applications reminds us of the incredible need for housing in San Francisco and the need for a local permanent source (and some lessons for next time). We hope this will be the first of many, perhaps in conjunction with the Bay Area’s “Affordable Housing month.” Thanks again to the AIA, SPUR, the many CCHO staff who put many hours into this (especially Mara Blitzer of TNDC), and the many tenants who opened their units and proudly showed off their homes.
Here’s the article in Saturday’s Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/SF-offers-Affordable-Housing-Day-tour-3924058.php
And the Bay Guardian: http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2012/10/05/open-doors-await-affordable-housing-day

And don’t forget, next Saturday, October 13, we will be dropping Prop C door hangers in District 10, mobilizing out of SFHDC’s Bayview Commons on 4439 Third St (in the Bayview) and also out of the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro (in Potrero).





Affordable Housing Day San Francisco

4 10 2012

This Saturday October 6, 2012, is Affordable Housing Day San Francisco!!! Affordable homes will be open around the city from 1-4pm to visit and meet with residents. Visit examples of rental, ownership, senior, family and special needs housing.


1. Armstrong Place (BRIDGE Housing)

3rd Street & Armstrong, Bayview (District 10)

2. Bayview Commons (San Francisco Housing Development Corporation)

4445 3rd Street, Bayview (District 10)

3. Bishop Swing Community House (Ecumenical Community Services and Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center)

275 10th Street, SOMA (District 6)

4. Broadway Family Apartments (Chinatown Community Development Center)

810 Battery Street, Chinatown (District 3)

5. CASA (Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and Mission Housing Development Corporation)

5199 Mission Street, Excelsior (District 11)

6. I Hotel (Chinatown Community Development Center)

868 Kearny Street, Chinatown (District 3)

7. Mendelsohn House (TODCO)

737 Folsom Street, SOMA (District 6)

8. Mosaica (Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation)

2949 19th Street, Mission (District 9)

9. Notre Dame Plaza (Mercy Housing)

347 Dolores Street, Dolores/Castro (District 8)

10. St. Peters Place (Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center)

420 29th Avenue, Richmond (District 1)

11. The Hayes (Civic Plaza LLC)

55 Page Street, Hayes Valley / Market-Octavia (District 5)

12. Westbrook Plaza (Mercy Housing and SOMA Health Center)

255 7th Street, SOMA (District 6)

13. Zygmunt Arendt House (Community Housing Partnership and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation)

850 Broderick, Western Addition (District 5)

Which would you rather do this weekend?

3 10 2012

Which would you rather do this weekend:

a.)   Fleet Week

b.)   America’s Cup

c.)   Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

d.)   Burning Man Decompression

e.)   49ers game

f.)    Giants playoffs

g.)   Prop C precinct walks in District 11

You know where all the cool people are going to be!

SF Chronicle on Prop C

2 10 2012

Here is the San Francisco Chronicle article covering the basics of Proposition C.

The Council of Community Housing Organizations brought the idea of local permanent source of funding for affordable housing to Mayor Lee and the Board of Supervisors in the Summer of 2011, as it became increasingly clear that San Francisco’s unique use of Redevelopment funds to support housing would disappear overnight. We set the broad outlines of the measure: that it include new revenue and not be a net subtraction from the general fund, adding our voice to making the gross receipts tax a revenue generator; and that the Housing Trust Fund not result in any loss of rent control units, taking “off the table” any attempt at modifing TIC/condo conversion rules. As the article states, Mayor Lee was instrumental in bringing together a consensus from all political backgrounds around the measure. The Board of Supervisors also played a critical role in the development of the Housing Trust Fund, from their insistence on a foreclosure program, to providing added accountability, and to their emphasis on the connection between investment in affordable housing and the need for new city revenue.