Five years after the city of San Francisco acquired the site on the corner of Haight and Stanyan, the largest affordable housing complex in the history of the neighborhood is set to finally break ground in June. The project, located at the eastern entrance of Golden Gate Park, will create 160 permanently affordable apartments for low and moderate-income individuals and families.
With homes ranging in size from studios to three-bedroom apartments, 730 Stanyan will provide a diversity of housing options for San Francisco residents. 20 of these apartments will be set aside for transitional-aged youth (TAY) exiting the foster care system, and another 12 will be reserved for formerly homeless families. With other units utilizing “neighborhood preference,” the project will be a beacon of community stabilization and provide high-quality, well-located homes to our neighbors who need it most.
The two affordable housing developers in charge of the project, Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC), have prioritized community input throughout the process. Through feedback from the community, the project will provide amenities, including a food hall similar to La Cocina, that will provide affordable food options for residents and affordable restaurant space for food entrepreneurs.
The 730 Stanyan project represents a rare housing bright spot in a city where bureaucratic red tape, political quagmires, and financial potholes routinely prevent desperately needed housing from being built.
While the Housing Action Coalition would like for similar projects to be able to move through this process more quickly, 730 Stanyan is ultimately a success story that will bring a sense of community and spirit to the greater Haight Ashbury area.