Plaza 16 Rallies for Affordable Housing

10 02 2014

The latest from, covering the Plaza 16 Coalition rallies for affordable housing, and against the high-rise condominiums proposed to be built at 16th and Mission, one of San Francisco’s busiest intersections.


The Plaza 16 Coalition / Plaza 16 Coalición is made up of several CCHO member organizations based in the Mission District, including Dolores Street Community Services, Housing Rights Committee, MEDA, and PODER, as well as allies Causa Justa :: Just Cause and Mission Neighborhood Resource Center.

The Plaza 16 Coalition builds on the decades of planning and organizing in the Mission which created El Plan Popular / the People’s Plan, and won funding for much-needed community infrastructure, protections for light industrial jobs, and sites for future affordable housing and a new park in the Mission District (such as 17th & Folsom and at Shotwell & Cesar Chavez).

From their statement: The Plaza 16 Coalition / Plaza 16 Coalición has come together to advocate for the 1979 Mission Street site to be used for much needed affordable housing in the neighborhood. We envision a 16th St and Mission Street that has:

  • Welcoming streets for grandmothers, kids, tenants, homeless people – streets that reduce hazards, and increase pedestrian safety and cultural vibrancy
  • Increased public open space
  • A local economy of small businesses that serves the needs of local residents and workers and supports the creation of good jobs for community residents
  • Planning that is conducted by people who live and work in the neighborhood
  • A strong local ecosystem of resources and services that create healthy neighborhoods
  • No more market rate housing development until the needs for deeply affordable housing are met