SOMA Studios
SOMA Studios & Apartments – 1166-90 Howard Street

As three separately-financed developments in a single structure, the project site was vertically subdivided into separate parcels for each piece. The 88 studios, financed through the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and tax credits, will replace SOMA SRO housing lost in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Nine of the studios house people living with AIDS. The 74 apartments, comprised of one, two, and three bedroom units and financed through the Mayor’s Office of Housing and tax exempt bonds, house working families. The housing sits above 22,000 square feet of privately-financed commercial space that includes a childcare center, a grocery store, and other neighborhood-serving organizations. TNDC’s commitment to enhancing the broader neighborhood is reflected in the developments’ significant ground-floor commercial activity, and in the range of housing affordability and housing types. A joint venture with Citizen’s Housing Corporation, this building was completed in 2003.

Project Details:

  • Unit Mix:  88 studios, 74 family units
  • Completed:  2003
  • Population:  People living with AIDS, Low and Extremely Low-Income families and individuals
  • Construction:  New Construction Total Development
  • Total Development Cost: 37 M
  • Financing Sources:  San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, LIHTC, Alliant, Citibank, HOPWA
  • TNDC Role: Co-developer, Property Manager
  • Development Partner:  Citizens Housing Corporation

Location: 1166-90 Howard Street, San Francisco


  • 2006 Excellence in Architecture Merit Award, American Institute of Architects
  • 2006 Gold Nugget Merit Award, Best Affordable Category, Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference
  • 2005 Housing Committee Award, Multifamily Housing, American Institute of Architects
  • 2005 Merit Award, Best Affordable Development, Residential Architect Design Awards
  • 2004 Merit Award, Builder’s Choice
  • 2004 Gold Nugget, Best in the West Grand Award, Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference and Builder magazine
  • 2003 Best Affordable Residential Real Estate Deal of the Year Award, San Francisco Business Times


Photo by Mark Ellinger

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