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Affordable Housing Development Opens In S.F.

1036 Mission St., a new affordable housing development in San Francisco

A new 100% affordable housing project opened in San Francisco last week at 1036 Mission St., bringing 83 apartments online for low-income residents, with 40 of those for formerly homeless residents.

“Creating new affordable housing is critical to ensuring that our low-income residents can continue to live in San Francisco,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “This project will not only create 43 new homes for low-income residents, it also creates 40 new exits for people experiencing homelessness. We need more housing of all types in our City, and I am committed to making sure that we continue to build housing like this throughout San Francisco.”

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. is the owner, developer, service provider and property manager for 1036 Mission St. Mithun|Solomon designed the project.

The property, in the South of Market neighborhood, has an outdoor courtyard, a rooftop vegetable garden, a community room and kitchen, accessible units for those with disabilities, bicycle storage, a 24-hour desk clerk and a public art installation from local artist Jim Campbell. The building also has two on-site social workers funded by the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to work with residents.

The 1036 Mission project created an opportunity to transform one of SoMa's sketchiest blocks into a beautiful, safe, uplifting environment for the families that will live there, Mithun|Solomon partner Dan Solomon said.

"It’s important that affordable housing fit seamlessly in its neighborhood," Solomon said in an email. "Our design solution aims to sit comfortably among the much older and smaller buildings nearby, with its nine-story volume articulated and coupled into vertically proportioned segments and its changes in color on all building facades."

The GreenPoint Rated project has energy-efficiency features that include solar-heated water, recycled and reclaimed water and high-efficiency lighting and lighting controls.

“Delayed but not stymied by the Great Recession and ten years in the making, 1036 Mission Street is a testament to perseverance and an entire community’s coming together to support affordable housing. As a result, more than 80 families — half of whom are moving out of homelessness — have a place to call their own,” Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. CEO Don Falk said in a statement.

Funding for the project includes $19M from the city of San Francisco and additional funding from the state's Department of Housing and Community Development, CHASE Community Development Banking, Enterprise Community Partners, the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.