Projects

568-570 Natoma, San Francisco

SFCLT purchased 568-570 Natoma in April 2016 with the help of Community Partners (including SOMCAN and Supervisor Jane Kim) and funding from the City's Small Sites Program and Boston Private, preventing the displacement of multiple generations of SOMA residents.

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1353-57 Folsom St. , 70-72 Belcher St. and 1684-1688 Grove St., San Francisco

In January 2016, the Land Trust announced the acquisition of three of the six properties: 1353-57 Folsom Street, 70-72 Belcher Street, and 1684-1688 Grove Street. MEDA acquired two of its three properties, which demonstrates the difficulty of closing these challenging deals. All together these five properties contain 19 rent-controlled units that will now be permanently protected from displacement. 

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308 Turk Street, San Francisco

In June 2015, when 308 Turk Street was added to our portfolio of permanently affordable properties. The long-term tenants in this 20-unit building located in the heart of the Tenderloin had been fighting with their slum-lord owner for years – over 200 complaints had been filed with City of San Francisco, resulting in a City lawsuit against the owner. A partnership between the Land Trust, the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development’s Small Sites Acquisition Program and Enterprise Community Loan Fund, this is yet another prime example of what is possible through our unique public-private partnership financing model. After years of neglect, the Land Trust is investing in significant repairs and improvements throughout the building, with some residents being relocated within the property to allow necessary upgrades and improvements to their units. After years of living in deplorable conditions and fearing eviction, the working-class tenants of 308 Turk have been able to rest much easier since joining the Land Trust’s community of tenant-members. 

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1165 Treat Avenue "Marty's Place", San Francisco

After the acqusition of 308 Turk Street, SFCLT welcomed Marty’s Place at 1165 Treat Avenue into our portfolio. This long-term community effort – achieved thanks to the hard work of many of our partners, including those at the Calamus Fellowship, AIDS Housing Alliance, Larkin Street Youth Services, SHANTI, & Bay Area Young Positives – capped off years of efforts by Dolores Street Community Services to return this donated property into a home for those living with HIV/AIDS. Residents were finally able to move in to this 6-room Victorian home this summer, and immediately began the journey towards incorporation and self-sustaining resident management and ownership. The Land Trust continues to work closely with the new residents of Marty’s Place and our community partners, capitalizing on years of community struggle to build a safe new home for its residents.

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2840-2848 Folsom Street,"Pigeon Palace", San Francisco

Another exciting victory for tenants fighting to keep their homes was achieved when the Land Trust outbid five other parties (all speculators) to acquire 2840-2848 Folsom Street a.k.a. “The Pigeon Palace”. After the elderly owner’s conservator put the property up for auction, the long-term residents feared an imminent Ellis Act Eviction. Fortunately for the four households living in this Queen Anne Victorian building in the heart of the Mission District, the Land Trust prevailed at the public auction, and The Pigeon Palace joined our portfolio. Another successful public-private partnership funded by the Mayor’s Small Sites Acquisition Program, Boston Private Bank & Trust and the resident-operated “Pigeon Palace, Inc.”, the property and its two vacant flats will receive nearly $700,000 in needed repairs and upgrades. With the on-going support of Land Trust staff, the Pigeon Palace has started the process of turning into a resident-owned cooperative – the final step to ensure permanent affordability for the diverse residents of this unique property.

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151 Duboce Avenue, San Francisco

In December 2014, SFCLT acquired its fifth property. This acquisition preserves 4 units of affordable, rental housing that were at risk of Ellis Act eviction. Community partners including Eviction Free SF and Tenderloin Housing Clinic approached the Land Trust about purchasing the property to prevent the eviction of the current residents.  This property is not scheduled for cooperative conversion in the near future, but the acquisition of this property serves as a unique community strategy to fight rapidly changing market forces in the Mission. With acquisition financing provided by Clearingcouse CDFI and the City of San Francisco's  newly launched Small Site Acquisition Program, SFCLT was able to permanently stabilize these four rental units.

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2976 23rd Street "Merry Go Round House", San Francisco

In May 2014, SFCLT acquired its fourth property. This acquisition preserves 14 units of low-cost, shared housing that were at risk of eviction when the sellers decided to sell the building. Residents approached the Land Trust about purchasing the property, and also asked the Sellers if they would work with the Land Trust. The Sellers were empathetic to the residents considering the rash of evictions, and had already received interest from an investor who wanted to change the use of the property through Ellis Act Eviction. The Land Trust will now help the residents to form a housing cooperative through which they will operate and control the building, while the Land Trust maintains ownership of title to the land.  Acquisition financing was provided by Boston Private Bank & Trust and a carry-back loan from the Sellers. 

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534-36 Natoma Street, San Francisco

Asked by the community partners in SoMa to stabilize affordable housing in the neighborhood since 2009, SFCLT was finally able to purchase a 5-unit property that was at risk of Ellis Act eviction in January 2013 thanks to the SoMa Stabilization Fund and community partnerships. This property is not scheduled for cooperative conversion in the near future, rather, the acquisition and rehabilitation of this property serves as a unique community strategy to fight rapidly changing market forces in the South of Market neighborhood.

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966 Oak Street "The Purple House", San Francisco

In May 2012, SFCLT acquired its second property. SFCLT closed escrow just before the 10-unit property was scheduled for public foreclosure auction in April 2012, and the house officially became SFCLT's first resident operated non-profit cooperative in January 2013! The residents first approached SFCLT in early 2011 when the owners were trying to buy them out in order to sell the property. Meanwhile, the owners stopped paying their monthly mortgage payments. Over the course of a year, SFCLT helped educate and build capacity with the residents through its education and outreach program, funded by the Mayor's Office of Housing, the San Francisco Foundation, and the Levi Strauss Foundation. The mortgage was provided by Clearinghouse CDFI, a Community Development Financial Institution that provides affordable financing for innovative economic opportunities that improve the quality of life for lower-income individuals and communities that would otherwise not be able to experience these opportunities in the conventional market. The remaining funding came from SFCLT and individual lenders who provided short-term bridge loans for the down payment and closing costs.

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 CUC, 55 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

In June 2009, the Land Trust celebrated the Grand Opening of our first project -- Columbus United Cooperative --a 21-apartment, mixed-use building at the edge of San Francisco's Chinatown. This limited-equity housing co-op is an important success story in a neighborhood where few residents are able to own a home. In 2005, the San Francisco Community Land Trust was approached about working with the tenants of the building, mostly low- and very low-income Chinese-American families who were fighting to save their homes from demolition.  With the help of Asian Law Caucus and Chinatown Community Development Center, the tenants organized to fight the eviction. Through an extensive process of community collaboration, we secured public and private financing to purchase the building and worked with the residents and community partners to rehabilitate the building and complete the coop conversion. With support and direction from the SFCLT, the tenants formed a housing cooperative. Former tenants are now back in the building, and SFCLT and Coop worked together to select new qualified Coop members for several vacant units.

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733 Baker Street "Baker's Dozen", San Francisco

In 2004, residents at Baker's Dozen approached SFCLT about transferring their existing cooperative to our organization. SFCLT is currently providing the residents with technical assistance and will help with the rehabilitation of the property. 

 

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