Who’s Behind Partnership for HOPE SF and What’s It Doing for Affordable Housing?

It’s no secret that the lack of affordable housing wears on the minds of Bay Area residents, officials and nonprofits on a daily basis. Clearly, this is an issue that isn’t going to be solved quickly or by a single donor with a few million extra dollars to spare. One notable affordable housing partnership is called the Partnership for HOPE SF, a public-private partnership to address generational poverty in the most distressed public housing in the area.

So who’s behind this partnership, and what's it doing differently from past efforts?

To start, it’s made up of four elements: The San Francisco Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, the City of San Francisco and the County of San Francisco. The partnership is housed at the San Francisco Foundation, which is in charge of the program’s leadership, funds management, and grantmaking. However, the list of funding partners includes some familiar names, such as JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Walter and Elise Hass Fund, Hass Jr. Fund and Wells Fargo Foundation.

The neighborhoods of focus are Bayview, Potrero Hill and Visitacion Valley. And the partnership’s goals encompass things like equitable mixed-income development, economic mobility, education, health, resident leadership and community-building.

“A tenet of HOPE SF is to engage residents every step of the way. Our goal is to bring together a set of community organizations to work with each other, the residents of HOPE SF and the City to create meaningful connections across a complex service delivery system,” said Theo Miller, director of HOPE SF Initiative.

Something that local nonprofits should know is that HOPE SF recently released a request for proposals to design a program to boost economic mobility and financial self-sufficiency among young adults. The current RFP is concerned with the public housing sites of Hunters View, Alice Griffith, Potrero Hill and Sunnydale, which have been described as isolated and distressed.

“Mobility Mentor Collaborative for Hope SF Transitional Age Youth” applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 15. Details about the RFP can be downloaded from the partnership’s website.

A huge part of this public-private partnership is harnessing the power of data to make positive decisions for underserved residents of the Bay Area. Developing long-term measurable solutions is the ultimate goal, here, starting with young adults, who presumably have the best chance of breaking the notorious intergenerational cycle of poverty.

Questions about HOPE SF or getting involved should be directed to Partnership Director Ellie Rossiter at 415-733-8578 or erossiter@sff.org. The partnership offers a helpful FAQ page about the current grant opportunity that’s definitely worth checking out. Updates and FAQs are updated on a weekly basis, and there’s a lot to absorb regarding criteria and guidelines for planning and ramp-up grants.