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.

District 11 Rally and Precinct Walks

1 10 2012

This Saturday October 6, join Mayor Lee and Supervisor Avalos to support Prop C in the Excelsior!

1 10 2012

Why are we calling Proposition C “Housing For All”? In one of the most expensive cities in the country, Prop C’s Housing Trust Fund will create opportunities for housing the diversity of peoples that make San Francisco the great 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.

On Affordable Housing Day, Saturday, October 6, join us at 9:30 in the Excelsior to support Housing for All, with Mayor Ed Lee, District 11 Supervisor John Avalos, community organizations fighting to turn publicly-owned parking lots into sites for affordable housing (PODER, Filipino Community Center, and Coleman Advocates), and foreclosure fighters working with ACCE to keep their homes and save their communities!

After the rally, at 10 am, join the weekend volunteers of the Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO) to spread the word about Prop C throughout 44 precincts of the Excelsior and OMI. Both events are in District 11’s first nonprofit affordable housing development, Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center’s CASA (Crocker Amazon Senior Apartments), located at 5199 Mission Street at Geneva.

Then from 1 to 4pm, Affordable Housing Day San Francisco opens 13 affordable housing sites throughout the city to the public! Visit open houses all over the City, or join the bike tour leaving from the Ferry Building at 11:30. For more information, or to sign up for the tour, see

Prop C on the move in District 5!

30 09 2012




Thank you fantastic CCHO volunteers, coming out on a foggy Saturday morning to let District 5 voters know about the Housing Trust Fund. We covered 33 precincts, with big props to CHP, Progress Foundation, JCYC (Japanese Community Youth Council), and HANC (Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council), who together 25 precincts, plus additional volunteers from TNDC, Mercy Housing, ECS, and our friends at Central City Hospitality House, ALRP (the AIDS Legal Referral Panel), SPUR, NPH, and Devine & Gong.

We will try to hit the rest of District 5 over the next week. If you are interested in helping out, join us this Wednesday between 4 and 6 pm at the Richardson Apartments (365 Fulton, between Gogh and Franklin), and pick up a precinct map and door hangers!

Thanks everyone!

District 5 Mobilization at CHP’s Richardson Apartments!

28 09 2012




September 29, 2012, 10am –2 pm


365 Fulton Street (Richardson Apartments)

At 10 am, please join us for a “Yes on C” mobilization and precinct walk.

CCHO’s weekend volunteers will take on 58 precincts tomorrow – and thanks to J-town’s youth leaders from JCYC for taking on 6 precincts in Japantown, the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council taking on the Haight-Ashbury, and Progress Foundation‘s volunteers for taking on another 6!

We will have refreshments and a short training for volunteers at 10:30.

FANTASTIC turnout for last Saturday’s D9 mobilization!

26 09 2012

A fantastic turnout for this past Saturday’s mobilization in District 9!!  There were over 40 volunteers covering 31 precinct walks, with big props to TNDC tenants for covering twelve of those precincts and CHP tenants for taking seven of them. We also had folks organized by Dolores, ECS, PODER, the SF Community Land Trust, and BHNC from the CCHO coalition ranks, along with people out from DISH and West Bay Housing, plus a couple folks from SPUR who joined us.

In addition to the Saturday mobilization covering the Mission and Portola areas of D9, Bernal volunteers alone took on an additional 19 precincts up and around the hill.

CCDC had a really successful turnout this past weekend as well with 65 volunteers for precinct/merchant walks for their District 4 field work.

Also thanks goes out to Conard, Mercy, ECS, CHP, TNDC, TIHDI and SOMCAN for working in District 6 over these past two weeks. 6,000 lit pieces are going out to D6 residents, both on the mainland and “the (treasure) island”.

Thanks everyone!!

This coming weekend the field mobilization is in District 5, covering Hayes Valley/Western Addition/Haightt/Inner Sunset.  We have 60 precincts to walk, wow!  Mobilization is from 365 Fulton street Richardson Apartments (@ Gough Street) starting 10am. The momentum builds….


24 09 2012



Get to know Affordable Housing in San Francisco!

Visit open houses all over the City, with examples of Rental, Ownership, Senior, Family, and Special Needs housing.
Bike Tour Planned.

  • Armstrong Place, 3rd Street & Armstrong
  • Bayview Commons, 4445 3rd Street
  • Bishop Swing, 275 10th Street
  • Broadway Family Apartments, 810 Battery Street
  • CASA, 5199 Mission Street
  • I Hotel, 868 Kearny Street
  • Mendelsohn House, 737 Folsom
  • Mosaica, 2949 19th Street
  • Notre Dame Plaza, 347 Dolores Street
  • St. Peters Place, 29th Avenue & Geary Street
  • The Hayes, 55 Page Street
  • Westbrook Plaza, 255 7th Street
  • Zygmunt Arendt House, 850 Broderick

More information at


Prop C in the Richmond!

22 09 2012

Tenderloin residents for Prop C

18 09 2012

TNDC’s resident leaders take the mike for Prop C the Housing Trust Fund!


Prop C Mission District – Sept 22

17 09 2012

Thank you to all the fantastic activists who make this more than a ballot campaign, but a Movement for Housing! This Saturday:


District 9

Mission District






Join us this Saturday, September22, 2012, 10am – 2 pm
3224 1/2 22nd Street, between Mission and Valencia

Please join us for a “Yes on C” mobilization and precinct walk.
We will have refreshments and a short training for volunteers.
We will be mobilizing every Saturday at 10 am:

  • Sept. 22 – District 9, 3224 22nd St
  • Sept. 29 – District 5, 365 Fulton
  • Oct. 6 –     District 11, 5199 Mission St.
  • Oct. 13 –   District 10, 4439 Third St (Bayview) and 953 De Haro (Potrero)
  • Oct. 20 –   District 5, 365 Fulton
  • Oct. 27 –   District 9, location TBD


13 09 2012

Join us this Saturday, September 15, 2012, 10am – 2 pm

5812 Geary Blvd. at 22nd Avenue

At 10 am, please join us for a “Yes on C” mobilization and precinct walk. We will have refreshments and a short training for volunteers.

Then at 12:15, join us at the Richmond Library, for a press conference and rally for Prop C with Mayor Ed Lee and District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar!

We will be mobilizing every Saturday at 10 am:

Sept. 22 – District 9, location TBD

Sept. 29 – District 5, 365 Fulton

Oct. 6 – District 11, 5199 Mission St.

Oct. 13 – District 10, 4439 Third St (Bayview) and 953 De Haro (Potrero)

Oct. 20 –  District 5, 365 Fulton

Oct. 27 –  District 9, location TBD


What is the Proposition C Housing Trust Fund, you ask???

13 09 2012

Downloadable PDF “Yes on C flyer

Everyone and their momma loves Prop C!

6 09 2012

Endorsing organizations so far!

  • San Francisco Democratic Party
  • San Francisco Labor Council
  • AIDS Housing Alliance
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • Alice B Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
  • Alliance for Jobs and Sustainable Growth
  • American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter
  • Asian Neighborhood Design
  • Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
  • Bill Sorro Housing Program/VEC
  • Booker T Washington Community Service Center
  • Building and Construction Trades Council
  • California Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Catholic Charities CYO
  • Council of Community Housing Organizations
  • Chinatown Community Development Center
  • Chinese for Affirmative Action
  • Coalition on Homelessness
  • Coleman Action Fund for Children
  • Community Design Center
  • Community Housing Partnership
  • Conard House
  • District 8 Democrats
  • Dolores Street Community Services
  • Episcopal Community Services
  • Filipino Community Center
  • Filipino-American Development Foundation
  • Former Directors of Mayor’s Office of Housing
  • Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council
  • Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association
  • Homeownership SF
  • Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco
  • Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco
  • Irish American Democratic Club
  • Jobs with Justice
  • Latino Democratic Club
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Manilatown Heritage Foundation
  • Mercy Housing
  • Mission Economic Development Agency
  • National Housing Law Project
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • OPEIU Local 3
  • People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights
  • Plumbers Union
  • Progress Foundation
  • Chinatown Coalition for Better Housing
  • Richmond Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  • San Francisco Community Land Trust
  • San Francisco Housing Action Coalition
  • San Francisco Housing Development Corporation
  • San Francisco Human Services Network
  • San Francisco Information Clearing House
  • San Francisco Neighborhood Network
  • San Francisco Police Officers Association
  • SEIU Local 1021
  • Senior Action Network
  • South of Market Community Action Network
  • SPUR
  • St. Anthony Foundation
  • United Educators of San Francisco
  • Tenants and Owners Development Corporation
  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative

YES ON C! Precinct Walks kickoff this Saturday Sept. 8

6 09 2012


Join us this Saturday, September 8, 2012, 10am – 2 pm
Dolores Street Community Services
938 Valencia Street, San Francisco, between 20th & 21st

Please join us for a “Yes on C” mobilization and precinct walk. Refreshments at 10 a.m. and at 10:30 we will have a short training for volunteers on precinct walks and how to speak with voters on why to Vote “Yes on C”! We will be mobilizing every Saturday in September and October in a different District. Contact for updates.
* Sept. 8 – District 8
* Sept. 15 – District 1
* Sept. 22 – District 9
* Sept. 29 – District 5
* Oct. 6 – District 10 or 11 (TBD)
* Oct. 13 – District 10 or 11 (TBD)
* Oct. 20 – District 5 second drop
* Oct. 27 – District 9 second drop

What is the Proposition C Housing Trust Fund?
Proposition C, the Housing Trust Fund, will provide over $1 Billion over 30 years for affordable housing for people who are being priced out of San Francisco: teachers, nurses and child care providers, as well as people on low and fixed incomes such as seniors and people with disabilities. With the recent dissolution of the Redevelopment funding statewide, we lost the primary local source for affordable housing in San Francisco. We need a permanent local funding source for affordable housing now! A vote for Proposition C is a vote for homes that are affordable for all San Franciscans: your children and grandchildren, parents and grandparents, your neighbors and you!
Prop C Mobilization Flyer.doc


Prop C Campaign is off!

29 08 2012


6 08 2012





Get to know Affordable Housing in San Francisco. Visit open houses all over the City, with examples of Rental, Ownership, Senior, Family, and Special Needs housing. Bike Tour Planned.

Sponsored by: CCHO, SPUR, SF AIA

Press Release: Survey Asks Mayoral Candidates to Take a Stand on Housing and Tenants’ Rights

3 11 2011


Press contact: Fernando Martí, CCHO Program Director, 415-595-5558,

Most Candidates Support Dedicated Funding for Affordable Housing on 2012 Ballot

SAN FRANCISCO (October 28, 2011):  With two weeks to go before the November election, the Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO) released results from a survey asking Mayoral candidates to take a stand on a comprehensive affordable housing and tenants’ rights agenda.

The 25-question survey developed by CCHO, the Housing Rights Committee (HRC), and the San Francisco Tenants Union, was distributed to all candidates for Mayor. Respondents to the survey include front-runners incumbent Mayor Ed Lee, John Avalos and Dennis Herrera, as well as Jeff Adachi, Terry Baum, David Chiu, Bevan Dufty, Joana Rees, and Leland Yee.

Every responding candidate committed to placing a dedicated affordable housing measure on the November 2012 ballot of at least $100 Million to support low-income housing, and every candidate committed to renew the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance with no reductions in levels of requirements. San Francisco’s Inclusionary program has earned national recognition for helping families to remain in San Francisco by building ownership units for the City’s workforce making near the median income. In 2011 these “below-market-rate” units were available to families of four earning from $71,000 up to $112,000.

“San Francisco has consistently led the nation in progressive housing and tenant policies, from Rent Control to Inclusionary Zoning” said Calvin Welch, long-time housing advocate. “We hope this survey informs the citizens of San Francisco about the candidates, and contributes to the development of a housing and tenant agenda for SF.”

Of the responding candidates, only Avalos, Baum, and Yee voted consistently with the affordable housing and tenant agenda. Candidates’ responses to the top seven questions have been distributed to over 2,000 of CCHO building tenants as part of their voter education efforts, as well as through the extensive mailing lists of the HRC and TU.

“We were both encouraged and disappointed by the candidates’ stances on tenant issues,” said Sara Shortt, director of the Housing Rights Committee,  “Though the strong backing for the concept of the Right to Remain for Public Housing residents hopefully bodes well for tenants.”

The Council of Community Housing Organizations is comprised of 20 affordable housing developers and advocate organizations based in SF. HRC and the Tenants Union are both membership-based tenants’ rights and counseling organizations.

The entire survey can be reviewed by visiting the CCHO website,