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Housing Hero Awards

September 27, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

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The Housing Hero Awards recognizes individuals and groups that make exceptional contributions towards creating more housing solutions for all San Franciscans.

 The Honorees

Tim Colen | Lifetime Achievement
Mr. Colen has been one of the most passionate voices in the pro-housing movement for over a decade. He served as Executive Director of the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) for 11 years, from 2005 to 2016. Prior, he worked for 25 years as a geologist and was active on the City’s west side with neighborhood and environmental issues. He was president of the Greater West Portal Neighborhood Association and was a founding member and chair of the Lake Merced Task Force. He graduated with a BS in Geology from UC Santa Cruz, MS in mining engineering from Columbia University, and certification in hazardous materials management from UC Berkeley. Since stepping down from SFHAC, Mr. Colen has put his housing and land use knowledge to work as a member of the YIMBY Action Board of Directors.



Olson Lee | Lifetime Achievement
Mr. Lee has devoted his professional career to the creation and preservation of affordable housing. He recently retired as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD). During his tenure, he advanced and developed major initiatives such as HOPE SF, HUD’s RAD program, the small site acquisition program, educator housing, neighborhood preference program and the 2011 voter-approved housing trust fund. Prior, he held the position of Deputy Executive Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency for 15 years. He’s served on numerous boards and has been widely recognized for his achievements, most recently receiving a Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Mr. Lee graduated from Lowell High School, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Maryland, College Park.



YIMBY Party | Housing Hero
YIMBY Party has led the new grassroots movement to advocate for subsidized affordable and market-rate housing in San Francisco and the Bay Area. They believe many current policies harm the most vulnerable residents and that creating more housing will have social, economic and environmental benefits for the entire region. They are the umbrella organization to several groups, including YIMBY Action, CaRLA, SFBARF and East Bay Forward, among others. Together, they’ve engaged new audiences in the housing conversation, organized hundreds of people to attend hearings and even sued cities that have rejected new homes. YIMBY Party wants to build a dynamic, welcoming and inclusive Bay Area.


Thanks To Our Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

  Nibbi Brothers 

Silver Sponsors

   Nick Podell Company 
  Port of San Francisco 
  RRTI, Inc.
 DIVCO, Group LLC.  

Bronze Sponsors

 562 Mission Street, LLC

Downs Pham & Kuei LLP

Equity Community Builders

GCA Strategies

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

JS Sullivan

Kate McGee Planning and Strategy

Kave Massih Architects

Kenwood Investments, LLC 

PES Environmental

Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

McCormack Baron Salazar

Page & Turnbull

Saida Sullivan Design Partners

San Francisco Apartment Association


San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council

San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

Sheet Metal Workers’ Local Union No. 104

Studio Gang Architects

Sutton Law Firm


Media Sponsors



September 27, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm PDT
Event Category:


Housing Action Coalition (HAC)
(415) 541-9001
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Green Room, War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, 94102 United States
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