BRIDGE Housing Receives HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant for Potrero Hill Revitalization
SAN FRANCISCO, October 15, 2012---The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a $300,000 planning grant to BRIDGE Housing, a leading nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable housingBRIDGE will use the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative grant to support a community transformation plan as part of its Rebuild Potrero development. The grant is one of 17 awarded nationally and one of two in California.
BRIDGE is leading the revitalization of Potrero Annex and Terrace under San Francisco’s HOPE SF initiative, which aims to transform the city’s most distressed public housing sites into vibrant, thriving communities. BRIDGE is working to create a thriving mixed-income community through one-for-one replacement of the 606 existing, deteriorating public housing apartments and construction of new affordable and market-rate homes plus improved infrastructure, 3.5 acres of open space, and up to 55,000 square feet of retail and community space.
The Choice Neighborhoods grant will be used for BRIDGE’s Potrero Community Transformation Plan, which complements the bricks-and-mortar master plan. The Potrero Community Transformation Plan will guide ongoing community-building work and expand the scope of neighborhood institutions to deliver programs and services to increase education, employment, health and violence prevention outcomes for existing and future South Potrero residents.
“This important planning grant will help us keep our commitment to creating a strong sense of community and involving residents throughout the rebuilding process,” said Cynthia A. Parker, President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing. “Ultimately, these activities will ensure long-term benefits and a healthy future for the neighborhood.”
For more information about Rebuild Potrero, visit www.rebuildpotrero.com.
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