Developments: TNDC Spring Newsletter
Check out the latest news from TNDC and the Tenderloin Community in our Developments Newsletter.
This year, TNDC turns 35 years old!
Expect to hear more soon about our historic milestone.
San Francisco’s 21st century real estate gold rush has deepened the city’s affordable housing crisis. Affordable housing is at the top of the local agenda with rents at all-time highs, the inequality gap growing, and displacement and homelessness becoming increasingly visible.
As we have since 1981, TNDC continues to make a real difference for San Francisco’s most vulnerable people. Now employing nearly 325 people, TNDC is developing over 1,500 affordable homes in a dozen or more properties, including five public housing sites we are acquiring from the San Francisco Housing Authority. We provide permanent housing for approximately 3,600 residents across six San Francisco neighborhoods, yet much more needs to be done.
You, our community of donors, partners, and supporters, are the foundation on which TNDC’s work is built. Thank you for 35 years of making a difference for all San Franciscans.
Donald S. Falk, CEO
By buying residential buildings in the Tenderloin District and five other
San Francisco neighborhoods, TNDC takes them out of the speculative housing market and creates safe and permanently affordable housing. At TNDC, we believe housing is a basic human right, and we are working to provide as many homes as we can.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) website defines “affordable” as households that pay no more than 30 % of their incomes for housing. Those who pay more are considered cost-burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation, and medical care. Nationwide, “An estimated 12 million renter and homeowner households now pay more than 50 percent of their annual incomes for housing. A family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States.”
Increasingly, we find that too many San Franciscans are being forced to make impossible choices between paying rent and necessities like food or medicine, creating high-pressured housing situations and increasing displacement.
About 80% of TNDC households have annual incomes under $15,000. We serve 3,600 of the most vulnerable San Franciscans who are struggling to make ends meet while facing formidable challenges: the formerly homeless, seniors living on fixed incomes, young people aging out of the foster care system, disabled veterans, people with mental and physical health challenges, and families raising children. Although many residents work several jobs in order to make a living, the majority of TNDC residents still require one or more subsidies for housing, food, health care, and other basic needs. According to recent studies, having a stable, affordable place to call home is the single best predictor for all kinds of positive outcomes: job retention goes up, educational achievement improves, and stable housing significantly forecasts better long-term health outcomes, especially for seniors.
TNDC provides 33 affordable-housing buildings in six neighborhoods and as the need for affordable housing expands, TNDC is growing to meet that need. Every day we see the positive impact stable housing has on the people we serve. Thank you for your support of our mission to provide affordable housing and services for low-income people across San Francisco and to promote equitable access to opportunity and resources. Together, we are creating viable living solutions and working to preserve the beautiful diversity of our city.
Connecting her neighbors for good.
TNDC resident Connie Moy originally came to San Francisco from China after World War II. Now, six decades later, she has been living in TNDC’s senior building Maria Manor for 20 years.
Connie says many middle-aged American men went to China to meet and marry young Chinese women. One of many that married young, Connie and her husband had seven children, who now live across the U.S.
Now retired after 30 years as a card dealer in Reno, Nevada, Connie enjoys her community at the Maria Manor, often acting as a translator for her Cantonese-only-speaking neighbors, who might otherwise become isolated in their apartments. This year, Connie was voted by her neighbors as a leader of the Tenderloin Chinese Right Association, a social self-help group in the Tenderloin. One of Connie’s favorite things in Maria Manor is engaging and socializing with her neighbors in TNDC’s weekly Tuesday and Thursday building coffee hours; neighbors gather in the dining room to visit and play games. “It gets us out of our rooms,” Connie says. “In the afternoons from noon to 5 p.m., there are several mahjong games going on – every day.”
San Francisco has one of the largest populations of seniors in the country, which is expected to double by the year 2030. Creating housing that considers the physical, social, and service needs of people as they age is critically important in TNDC housing. Over 40% of TNDC residents are seniors.
“I hope to live here forever,” Connie says of staying in Mania Manor. “Everyone here is my friend. The building and management is so nice, and it’s a wonderful location. I want to thank TNDC for all they do.”
Harnessing support for housing equity.
First hired as TNDC’s Community Planner in November 2013, Alexandra recently stepped into the role of Senior Community Organizing and Planning Manager. For the new role, she manages a staff of six, focusing on leadership development and capacity building among community members, campaigns for equity and social justice, and advocates on important anti-poverty policy decisions.
In the context of the housing crisis, land use decisions have become a crucial issue in the communities in which TNDC works. For the first time in decades, new market-rate housing is financially viable in the Tenderloin District (Tenderloin), and in response we are getting more involved in local land use and community planning issues. Alexandra explains, “Tenderloin residents are very concerned. They’re worried about their homes and their ability to stay and feel welcome in the Tenderloin. There is a desperate need for more affordable units.”
Alexandra’s role is to ensure that existing Tenderloin residents share in the benefits brought by new projects by advocating for equitable development and generating and harnessing resident engagement.
Ground breaking in summer 2017.
TNDC is working to help residents of San Francisco stay in the city they love; in Summer 2017, TNDC will begin construction on Eddy and Taylor Family Apartments in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District (Tenderloin). In January 2016, we secured the last piece of financing for the mixed-use building after nearly 10 years of struggling to overcome the impacts of the Great Recession, state budget cuts, and the elimination of redevelopment agencies.
We will dedicate the ground floor of the building to a food security-related use; hunger, nutrition and the lack of affordable food choices are daily problems for residents of the Tenderloin, which does not have a full-service grocery store. The eight-story building will include 113 primarily family housing units, a courtyard for residents, bike parking, and a walkable corridor along both Eddy and Taylor Streets.
More specifically, Eddy and Taylor Family Apartments will include a mix of 16 studios, 14 one-bedroom, 67 two-bedroom, and 15 three-bedroom apartments. 30 will be set aside for formerly homeless families and 5 for developmentally disabled households and people exiting long-term care facilities.
The building will be staffed with two full-time social workers who will provide voluntary support services available to the building’s tenants. Situated adjacent to the main transportation corridor of Market Street, the building represents an example of Equitable Transit-Oriented Development.
The building will also be Energy Star for Multifamily High Rise Rated and LEED Rated to achieve a high level of energy efficiency.
We are excited to break ground on this new construction in next year! You can see a list of all of TNDC’s projects on our website at www.tndc.org.