San Francisco leaders celebrated the opening of a new, 100 percent affordable housing building in the Mission Thursday morning with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) on hand to join the celebration.
Casa Adelante, located at 2828 16th St. between Shotwell and Folsom streets, has 143 units for low-income families. Of those, 36 units will be for public housing residents who are relocating from the Potrero Hill and Sunnydale Hope SF sites, the Mayor’s Office said.
Features for residents include an inner courtyard, a rooftop urban farm, two community rooms, and parking for bikes. Additionally, the Felton Institute will operate an affordable childcare center and two Mission District nonprofits will also move to the complex on the ground floor, including Galería de la Raza and HOMEY.
The project was a collaboration between the Mission Economic Development Agency and the Tenderloin Community Development Corporation, which will provide onsite service for residents as well as manage the property.
Mayor London Breed said she recalls as a supervisor that the Mission District lost a significant amount of residents, especially residents who were Latinx. She said the latest affordable housing complex will keep residents in the neighborhood:
We are well on our way to finally realizing the dream of the people who make up the fabric of the mission community and who are so critical to what makes San Francisco so special.”
Pelosi said at the celebration that the Mission District has become unaffordable for families, adding:
We owe all of our children and families affordable housing.”
She touted President Joe Biden’s investments in affordable housing programs, including $24 billion in housing vouchers for residents at risk of becoming homeless, which House Democrats passed last year.
The affordable housing project was funded through a variety of sources, including low-income housing tax credits, tax-exempt bonds, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Development, Bank of America and several others.