Ground broke Tuesday on a massive affordable housing site in the Tenderloin, which will bring 113 new apartments to the market. Specifically targeted to families in the neighborhood, 60 percent of the units at The Eddy and Taylor Family Housing Site will have two or three bedrooms. In addition, 30 of the units will be allocated to families who have experienced homelessness. To construct such a building in the Tenderloin is particularly poignant — it’s the neighborhood with the densest population of children in the entire city. More than 3,500 kids live in a handful of square blocks.
“The development allows families with children to live in a neighborhood where schools and after-school programs are conveniently located,” said Enrique Aguilar, program manager at community organization La Voz Latina. “It is a major step to housing many of the low-income families that walk into our office seeking help.”
In addition to educational and financial resources, the future building is conveniently located across the street from Daldas — the poster child for the healthy corner-store movement — and just half a block from the newly renovated Boeddeker Park.
The development is a collaboration among a number of city agencies, including the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC), a non-profit that will develop and manage the building.
And it’s a long time coming: Plans were first drafted for the project 10 years ago. Despite being long overdue, Donald Falk, CEO at TNDC, considers it a win.
“Its successful groundbreaking represents the power of perseverance and the importance of affordable housing in this most expensive of areas,” he says, “and the coming together of an entire community — including not only the city but also, ultimately, the state — to plan and fund it.”
This project joins another affordable family housing development that recently wrapped up construction in the area: Sixty-six family units opened in August at the Bill Sorro Community site at Sixth and Howard streets.