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SF Opens 127-unit, 100% Affordable Housing Development in the Mission

The once-vacant lot is now a 9-story, 160,000-square-foot affordable housing development
By - posted 6/2/2022 No Comment

San Francisco just celebrated the grand opening of Casa Adelante – 2060 Folsom Street, a 127-unit, 100% affordable housing development in the Mission District. Located on the site of what was once a vacant parking lot, the nine-story development includes 29 homes designated for transitional-aged youth and 95 homes for low-income households making between 40% and 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI).

Additionally, 2060 Folsom Street offers 11 units with accessibility features for people with impaired mobility and three units with features for people with impaired vision and/or hearing. The building is currently at 100% occupancy.

“It’s projects like 2060 Folsom Street that are helping us create a more affordable city for all San Franciscans,” said Mayor Breed. “2060 Folsom Street not only provides affordable homes for families to stay rooted in the Mission but it also addresses many of the challenges our residents face as we continue to emerge from the pandemic. With onsite childcare and access to resources, this site serves as a model for what we can accomplish when we all come together. I want to thank the California Department of Housing and Community Development and all of our partners who helped make this project a reality.”

“The Casa Adelante community is a testament to the perseverance of the City of San Francisco and its commitment to creating more affordable housing,” said Gustavo Velasquez, Director of HCD. “To solve our state’s housing crisis, we need every city and county partnering with the state to create communities like Casa Adelante that provide quality and climate-friendly housing with services that support residents from cradle to career.

Located near the 16th Street BART station and several Muni bus lines, 2060 Folsom combines critical affordable homes with an active neighborhood hub. In addition to 127 new homes, the development features a central courtyard, a rooftop community farm, a large community room with kitchen, an eighth-floor lounge, and bicycle parking. The property also includes high-quality community programs and building amenities, including on-site social services, after-school youth programs, laundry facilities, and streetscape murals by renowned San Francisco-based muralist Jessica Sabogal that continue the Mission’s tradition of public art.

“2060 Folsom Street is a beautiful representation of what is possible when our City, partners, and community come together to respond to community needs,” said Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “This 100% affordable housing project is anchored by In Chan Kaajal Park, an homage to the strong Mayan community that has long called the Mission District home. The 127 new households here, including 29 for formerly homeless transitional-aged youth, will have access to critical services in their own building, including having four dedicated community-based organizations on site. Thank you to MEDA, CCDC, and all the partners that made this vision a reality!”

2060 Folsom Street is anchored by In Chan Kaajal Park (formerly 17th & Folsom Street Park). The building’s design features a public promenade along the southern edge opening to the park, providing a “front porch” and allowing for more community engagement. In Chan Kaajal Park, which translates as “My Little Village” in Mayan Yucateco, reflects San Francisco’s Mayan American community, consisting of immigrants who arrived from Mexico’s Yucatan region and settled mainly in the northern Mission and the Tenderloin. The park opened in June 2017 after decade-long advocacy spearheaded by grassroots organization People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (PODER), which now has a permanent location at 2060 Folsom Street.

“We owe this powerful community victory to the neighborhood leaders who rolled up their sleeves to be part of people-powered planning. Neighbors, families, and working people all showed up time and again to organize for public lands in community hands and uplift a beautiful collective vision for 100% affordable housing in the Mission,” said Alicia Briceño, PODER member and Mayan community leader. “This vision, turned into reality, puts public space to use for people-centered needs; providing housing and ensuring access to an environmental justice park for the people that make the Mission.”

In addition to PODER, 2060 Folsom Street hosts three other longtime Mission-based nonprofits: Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Youth Speaks, and First Exposures. In partnership with Larkin Street Youth Services and Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), the nonprofits provide after-school youth programs and on-site social services for tenants and nearby Mission residents.

“Casa Adelante – 2060 Folsom is the result of community advocacy to ensure that a 29,000-square-foot lot was transformed into a 160,000-square-foot affordable housing development for families and formerly homeless transitional-aged youth,” said Luis Granados, CEO of Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). “MEDA is proud to have co-developed this site with Chinatown Community Development Center, and today we formally welcome over 125 households and four esteemed organizations into their permanent homes.”

“Casa Adelante – 2060 Folsom is the culmination of many community aspirations. Not only will it be a new home for so many residents in need of permanent, beautiful, and affordable housing, it will be the new home for four anchor community-serving institutions,” said Malcolm Yeung, Executive Director of Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC). “This project also demonstrates what can happen when two communities dream together. We at Chinatown CDC hope that this project will deepen the relationship between the Mission and Chinatown – two historic working-class immigrant communities in San Francisco that are stronger together than they are apart.”

2060 Folsom is GreenPoint Rated, indicating it was built to meet trusted environmental standards and has received LEED Health Certification. The fossil-fuel free, all-electric green building was designed by local firms Mithun and Y.A. Studio and was recognized in the 2022 ASLA Northern California Design Awards.

2060 Folsom Street represents a joint venture partnership between Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC). The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) invested more than $31 million into the project through the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) Fund, Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program Fund, Jobs-Housing Linkage Program, and PUC Site Remediation Allowance. Barings Affordable Housing Mortgage Fund and US Bank Community Development Corporation provided additional financing. The project received an award from the State Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program based on its transit proximity and amenities which will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and benefit disadvantaged communities.

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