Mayor Lee and Supervisor Kim Celebrate Groundbreaking of New Family Housing Site in the Tenderloin
Affordable housing site on Eddy and Taylor streets will house 113 units
San Francisco, CA – Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Supervisor Jane Kim, the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation and community members today celebrated the groundbreaking of a new affordable housing site in the Tenderloin that will provide homes for families in the neighborhood.
“We are constantly working on creative and common-sense solutions to find affordable housing options for our families,” said Mayor Lee. “We know that San Francisco succeeds when we have a strong working class, and these homes will help keep our families in the city. From housing to parks to economic opportunities—we are building communities where our families can flourish.”
Of the 113 units in the new Eddy and Taylor Family Housing site, more than 60 percent will be two and three-bedroom homes, offering living opportunities for neighborhood families. The building will include 24-hour property management, on-site tenant services, a laundry room, bike storage and access to a large outdoor area. The project will also entail streetscape improvements to Taylor Street and Eddy Street, making them safer and more accommodating for pedestrians and bicyclists.
"We need more family housing period—it is a moral dilemma when cities cannot house their homeless and working class families,” said Supervisor Jane Kim, whose district includes the Eddy and Taylor Family Housing site. “Comprised mostly of two and three bedroom apartments, this development will ensure that families doubled up or homeless will finally have a home. Children will have a clean and safe space to play and study so they can excel at school."
The District 6 community, which includes neighborhoods such as the Tenderloin, is among the fastest growing areas for families in San Francisco. To meet those needs, the City is supporting a number of affordable family housing developments in the surrounding area, including the Bill Sorro Community site that opened in August at Sixth and Howard streets, and a new development on Mission and Sixth streets set to open next year. Construction on an affordable family housing project on Turk Street will begin in 2018 as well.
In addition, the Mayor’s Office is overseeing a long-term project to transform the Civic Center and United Nations plazas into a more family-friendly “Commons” area, which will include play structures, art installations and local storefronts. Work recently begun on the new Helen Diller Playground, which is scheduled to be completed next February.
The Eddy and Taylor Family Housing Site is a joint project between the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that will develop and manage the building. Along with providing housing opportunities for families, the site will also include 30 units set aside for households currently or formerly dealing with homelessness.
“The development allows families with children to live in a neighborhood where schools and after school programs are conveniently located,” said Enrique Aguilar, Program Manager at La Voz Latina, a local community organization. “It is a major step to housing many of the low-income families that walk into our office seeking help.”
“The project at Eddy and Taylor streets, which will house hundreds of people, 30 percent of whom will be coming out of homelessness, exemplifies the challenges of developing affordable housing in San Francisco today, and how they can be overcome,” said Donald Falk, the Chief Executive Officer at TNDC. “Originally conceived 10 years ago, its successful groundbreaking represents the power of perseverance and the importance of affordable housing in this most expensive of areas—and the coming together of an entire community, including not only the City but also, ultimately, the State, to plan and fund it. TNDC is proud to play a central role in a community-wide effort.”
-- Office of the Mayor