990 Polk Street
The 990 Polk senior building, built in partnership with Citizens Housing Corporation, represents an innovative approach to address homelessness by combining services-rich supportive housing units within a larger low-income population. The property was voted the overall winner in the national Readers’ Choice Awards for Affordable Housing Finance Magazine in 2009. Its ground floor contains retail spaces and offices for resident services providers. A large community room and kitchen, computer center, laundry room, solarium and outdoor patio are accessible from the second floor. Another outdoor patio is located on the seventh floor, and on the eighth floor residents can plant their own fruits and vegetables in a community garden. In the community room, residents can participate in educational programs and activities or reserve the space for a special event. The property includes green features such as Energy Star appliances, a high-efficiency irrigation system, and low-VOC paints and adhesives. Ten of the units are fully accessible, and the remaining units are adaptable for individuals with disabilities. 50 units are set aside for formerly homeless seniors; the rents and services for residents of these units are subsidized by the City of San Francisco. 990 Polk is also one of the first new construction projects to receive funding from the California Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Housing Program.