To date, BHHC has completed 18 developments with a total of 593 units, including 4 commercial units.

Housing - BERNAL HEIGHTS HOUSING CORPORATION

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (BHNC) works to preserve and enhance the ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity of Bernal Heights and surrounding neighborhoods. It promotes community action to build a just and equitable community for all. BHNC focuses on the needs of people with low and moderate incomes. It works to accomplish its mission by: developing affordable housing throughout San Francisco; providing linguistically and culturally responsive services to the community’s most vulnerable adults, seniors, youth, and their families; and developing leaders; organizing and empowering their tenants, clients, members, and allies to advocate for their needs and for the needs of the community. BHNC’s Bernal Heights Housing Corporation (BHHC) 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 were previously homeless and/or have special needs due to mental health issues, HIV/AIDS diagnosis, and substance use.

BHHC is a National Award Winner

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and our non-profit housing affiliates have more than 20 years of experience developing and operating affordable housing. We are distinguished by our having been honored twice with the Fannie Mae Foundation’s prestigious Maxwell Award of Excellence. Our first Maxwell Award was in 1989 for Coleridge Park Homes, a tax credit senior housing development and the first non-profit air rights development in the country. Bernal Gateway Apartments won the Maxwell Award in 2002 for its unique integration of permanently affordable apartments for families with low to extremely low incomes, on-site supportive services for residents, employment training and a child development center available to the public coupled with its innovative design created through an involved process of community participation. In 2006, we were awarded first place in the MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing in the supportive housing category, also for Bernal Gateway.

Newest Collaborative Developments

BHNC has been committed for years to overcoming the geographic and economic isolation of Alemany and Holly Courts, two public housing sites in Bernal. Working closely with public housing residents and adjacent neighbors, we have homed in on common interests and goals and created effective relationships that bridge the divide. BHNC participated throughout 2013 in the citywide Re-envisioning the Housing Authority planning discussions. In 2014, BHNC, with BRIDGE Housing, was selected as developer for rehabilitation, recapitalization, and conversion of these two properties, with 118 and 157 family units, respectively. These developments were transitioned through the Rental Assistance Demonstration project of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to a disposition/public land trust model, continuing the current deep income targeting and affordability, but using tax credits and other sources of financing to ensure long-term financial stability for these properties as homes for some of San Francisco’s poorest residents. The Holly Courts development was completed in 2018. Alemany will be completed in Fall of 2019.

BHHC and partner Mercy Housing has developed 1100 Ocean Avenue Apartments, a 71-unit building of affordable family housing with designated supportive units for Transition Age Youth (18-24 years, usually due to aging out of the foster care system) at the Phelan Loop, located at the southern entrance to City College of San Francisco. Resident youth and families have access to appropriate supportive services on-site. The building provides 71 new apartments and four retail spaces along the Ocean Avenue commercial corridor and will feature sustainable green and sustainable materials and systems throughout. Funding sources include San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Mental Health Services Act funding, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Affordable Housing Program grant, the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Multifamily Housing Program, an Enterprise Green Communities grant, tax exempt bonds, and Low Income Housing Tax Credits, with Bank of America as our construction lender and tax credit investor.

Here are detailed descriptions of our projects both in development and completed, all of which are in San Francisco.

1.

1100 OCEAN AVENUE

2005

BHHC co-developer with Mercy Housing California

Total Number and Type of Units:
71 total apartments of affordable housing:
18 studio apartments
18 one-bedroom apartments
21 two-bedroom apartments
13 three-bedroom apartments
1 manager's apartment
5 story building with retail on ground floor
45 affordable family apartment homes including 25 transitional aged youth homes

Population: Low-income families and transitional-aged youth

2.

ST. PETER’S PLACE

2011

Total Number and Type of Units:
20 apartments
14 studio apartments
4 one bedroom apartments
2 two bedroom apartments (includes manager’s unit)

Population: Supportive accessible housing for very low-income households that include an adult with a developmental disability.

Services: TOOLWORKS provide independent living services

3.

BHNC AT EXCELSIOR COMMUNITY CENTER

2008

BHHC co-developer with Mercy Housing California

Total Number and Type of Units:
2 units:
1 commercial unit
1 three bedroom apartment upstairs

Population: Nonprofit community-service agency with food pantry, employment and senior programing

4.

BHNC AT CROCKER AMAZON SENIOR APARTMENTS

2005

BHHC co-developer with Mission Housing Development Corporation

Total Number and Type of Units:
37 apartments:
24 Studios
12 one bedroom apartments
1 two bedroom apartments (Manager unit)

5.

POSITIVE MATCH

2002

BHHC co-developer with Mission Housing Development Corporation

Total Number and Type of Units:
7 apartments
1 1-Bedroom
5 2-Bedrooms
1 3-Bedroom

Population: Permanent supportive housing for formerly
homeless families with disabilities.

Services: Catholic Charities provide Case Management
& Support Services

6.

BERNAL GATEWAY APARTMENTS

2000

Total Number and Type of Units:
55 apartments
9 1-Bedrooms,
29 2-Bedrooms (includes manager),
13 3-Bedrooms,
4 4-Bedrooms,
2 Commercial units

Population: Supportive housing for extremely low, very low and low income families and individuals.

Services: Lutheran Social Services (LSS) offers Case Management & Support Services to tenants

7.

MONTEREY HOUSE

1998

Total Number and Type of Units:
4 apartments
1 1-Bedroom
3 2-Bedrooms

Population: Formerly homeless adults in recovery and their children.

Services: HSH LOSP offers Case Management
& Support Services

8.

FANNIE LOU HAMER HOUSE

1997

Total Number and Type of Units:
2 apartments:
1 three bedroom apartment
1 five bedroom apartment

Population: Formerly homeless families whose adults are in recovery.

Services: BHNC Senior, Employment and Case Management Services

9.

MAGDALENA MORA HOUSE

1997

Total Number and Type of Units:
2 apartments
2 3-Bedrooms

Population: Formerly homeless families whose adults are in recovery.

Services: BHNC Senior, Employment and Case Management Services

10.

HAZEL BETSEY HOUSE

1997

Total Number and Type of Units:
9 apartments
6 Studios
3 1-Bedrooms

Population: Formerly homeless adults and small families with disabilities with histories of substance abuse.

Services: Catholic Charities provide Case Management & Support Services

11.

MARKET HEIGHTS APARTMENTS

1996

Total Number and Type of Units:
46 apartments
6 1-Bedrooms
16 2-Bedrooms
22 3-Bedrooms
2 4-Bedrooms

Population: Families with low incomes.

Services: BHNC Senior, Employment and Case Management Services

12.

WOOLSEY STREET

1995

Total Number and Type of Units:
10 apartments
10 Studios

Population: Individuals with low incomes.

Services: BHNC Senior, Employment and Case Management Services

13.

513-515 CORTLAND - BERNAL HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER (BHNC) & BERNAL HEIGHTS HOUSING CORP (BHHC)

Total Number and Type of Units:
Community Center
Corporate Office
Event space

Population: Community-wide

14.

MOULTRIE HOUSE

1993

Total Number and Type of Units:
1 1-Bedroom
1 2-Bedroom
2 3-Bedrooms

Population: Supportive, independent living for individuals with mental disabilities.

Services: Progress Foundation

15.

COLERIDGE PARK HOMES

1989

BHHC co-developer with BRIDGE Housing

Total Number and Type of Units:
49 apartments
2 Studios
43 1-Bedrooms
4 2-Bedrooms

Population: Seniors

Services: BHNC Senior, Employment and Case Management Services

16.

HOLLY COURT APARTMENTS

2016

BHHC co-developer with BRIDGE Housing

Total Number and Type of Units:
118 Units

Population: Low Income families

Services: BHNC Senior, Employment and Case Management Services

17.

ALEMANY HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

2016

BHHC co-developer with BRIDGE Housing

Total Number and Type of Units:
157 Units

Population: Low Income families

Services: BHNC Senior, Employment and Case Management Services

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Total Units Completed
Commercial Units: 4
Residential Units: 593
Total Units in Development: 157
Total Units in Predevelopment: 20

In partnership with:
Caritas Property Management
Mercy Housing
John Stewart Housing
Bridge Housing
San Francisco Mayors of Housing Development (MOHCD)
HSH
Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
Catholic Charities
LSS
Progress Foundation