Our Mission

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (BHNC) works to preserve and enhance the ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity of Bernal Heights and surrounding neighborhoods.

We promote action to build a just and equitable community for all. BHNC focuses on the needs of people with low and moderate incomes. We accomplish our mission by: developing affordable housing throughout San Francisco; providing linguistically and culturally responsive services to our community's most vulnerable adults, seniors, youth, and their families; developing leaders; and organizing and empowering our tenants, clients, members, and allies to advocate for their needs and for the needs of the community. BHNC’s Housing Program works through Bernal Heights Housing Corporation to serves this mission by working throughout the city to provide and preserve stable and affordable homes for adults with low incomes and their children, many of whom are homeless and with special needs due to mental health issues, HIV/AIDS diagnosis, and substance abuse problems.

Meeting Neighborhood Needs

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center is a membership organization:

  • Non-profit 501(c)3 corporation with a board of directors elected by membership
  • We host the Annual Community Congress where members help to set our organizational priorities for the coming year
  • A Community Engagement Committee of neighbors, board members and staff meets monthly to address ongoing and emerging needs
  • We serve more than 2,000 people annually in a variety of programs
  • We have a portfolio of X amount of housing sites, serving x amount of residents.
  • More than 100 volunteers support our work each year.
  • We serve more than 1,200 seniors and adults with disabilities at two different locations, including Saturday's at our Excelsior site
  • We provide workforce service connection to more than 200 adults annually and provide services in Cantonese and Spanish
  • We provide food to over 500 families at our weekly and semi monthly food pantries
  • We year around workforce training through the Mayor's Youth Employment Program to more than 250 youth
  • Our community engagement and advocacy efforts expand throughout District 9 and we train and graduate 16 members through our Resident Outreach Leadership program to become more involved with the community