Bernal Heights Housing Corporation

The Bernal Heights Housing Corporation (BHHC) is BHNC’s affiliate organization that develops, preserves, and rehabilitates affordable homes throughout San Francisco. Our housing programs are designed to support adults with low incomes and their children, including formerly homeless individuals and those with special needs due to mental health issues, HIV/AIDS, or substance abuse problems. 

BHNC and BHHC together conduct extensive community engagement and provide wrap-around services that make our housing preservation approach award-winning. With stable affordable housing, BHNC can work to preserve and enhance the diversity of Bernal Heights and surrounding neighborhoods. We envision a vibrant, engaged citizenry with access to linguistically and culturally responsive services, and the ability to advocate for their needs and those of the community.

In 1989, BHNC received its first Maxwell Award of Excellent Program for Affordable Housing of the Fannie Mae Foundation, for the Coleridge Park Homes. This property reflected innovative financing strategies for this senior housing site, and the first non-profit air rights development (referring to the air space above a property) in the country.

In 2002, BHNC won the Maxwell Award again for the Bernal Gateway Apartments for its unique integration of permanently affordable apartments for families with low to extremely low incomes. The site features on-site supportive services for residents, employment training, and a child development center available to the public. Notably the site also features an innovative design, the result of extensive community participation.

In 2006, BHNC was awarded first place in the MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing in the supportive housing category, also for the Bernal Gateway Apartments.

In 2016, BHNC received the Affordable Housing Finance Readers’ Choice Award in the Urban Housing category for our 1100 Ocean Avenue Apartments project. The award recognizes BHNC’s leading work to combines permanent supportive housing for extremely low-income and formerly homeless young adults with family housing.

Building Affordable Housing for All

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. 

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