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.
And the Bay Guardian:

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.

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