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Community Housing Partnership and BRIDGE Housing Break Ground on Rene Cazenave Apartments

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 2, 2012---San Francisco will celebrate the groundbreaking of Rene Cazenave Apartments today at 25 Essex Street (at Folsom), one of the first residential projects in the Transbay Redevelopment Area. The program begins at 11:45 am, followed by a groundbreaking photo and refreshments.

Rene Cazenave Apartments is a co-development of nonprofits Community Housing Partnership and BRIDGE Housing. The new construction, eight-story building will provide 120 supportive housing apartments: 12 one-bedrooms and 108 studios. All residents will be extremely low income, formerly homeless individuals referred by the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Direct Access to Housing program.

The building is named in memory of Rene Cazenave, a founding board member of Community Housing Partnership who was at the center of the affordable housing movement in San Francisco for over 40 years.

At street level, the property will include three retail spaces totaling 3,395 square feet. UCSF’s Citywide Case Management Services will deliver counseling and supportive services on site. Other features include a resident lounge, a green roof, a small community garden and 24-hour front desk service. On-site property management offices will be staffed by Community Housing Partnership.

“As we celebrate today the ground breaking of Rene Cazenave Apartments, an important housing facility that will provide supportive housing to our formerly homeless community, we also celebrate another remarkable accomplishment in providing close to 2,000 units of housing to our homeless in San Francisco and bringing us steps closer to achieving our City’s Ten Year Homeless Plan goals,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “This is the first housing development constructed on the Transbay parcel and will serve as a new gateway to the City’s vision of a ‘main street’ along Folsom Street.”

“Community Housing Partnership is excited to become part of this emerging new community in San Francisco,” said Gail Gilman, Executive Director of CHP. “RCA will demonstrate that supportive housing is the best solution to homelessness, a community asset, and will prove to be a strength to this new community.”

“CHP and BRIDGE Housing have a long history of diligently working to preserve and create affordable homes that fit within the neighborhood fabric,” said Rich Gross, Vice President, Northern California, Enterprise Community Partners. “Enterprise is excited to partner with these two extraordinary developers on this project, and we look forward to the more than 100 residents calling Rene Cazenave home.”

“By co-developing this parcel with CHP, we are leveraging the greatest strengths of both organizations,” said Cynthia A. Parker, President and CEO of BRIDGE. “We are thrilled to be bringing new, affordable homes to this emerging neighborhood.”

Financing for the $42.7 million project is being provided by San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Enterprise Community Investment, Wells Fargo Bank, California Department of Housing & Community Development , Silicon Valley Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, California Housing Finance Agency, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. This project was made possible thanks in part to financing provided to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency by the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, which helped fund the development of the affordable housing parcel.

The architects are Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and Saida + Sullivan Design Partners, and Cahill Contractors is the general contractor.

Confirmed speakers include: Mayor Edwin Lee (will speak ~12:15 pm); District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim; Calvin Welch, SF Information Clearinghouse; Lucien Cazenave; Margaret Schrand, Wells Fargo Bank; Rich Gross, Enterprise Community Partners; Gail Gilman, Community Housing Partnership; and Tom Earley, BRIDGE Housing.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Renderings of Rene Cazenave Apartments are available; please contact lhikida@bridgehousing.com or gheywood@chp-sf.org to request

ABOUT COMMUNITY HOUSING PARTNERSHIP
Founded in 1990, Community Housing Partnership is the only San Francisco nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to providing permanent, supportive housing to formerly homeless individuals and families. Community Housing Partnership owns and/ or manages eleven sites with over 900 units, with an additional 144 new units in development. These supportive residences address the needs of seniors, families with young children, youth at risk of homelessness, and adults with physical or cognitive disorders. We provide an essential and comprehensive network of services including job training and placement opportunities, a social enterprise, family and youth programs, substance abuse treatment and community organizing. These services annually impact the lives of over 2,000 formerly homeless adults and children by supporting them in retaining their housing and leading stable, productive lives. For more information, visit www.chp-sf.org