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Housing Counseling
Policy Work
Partnership with Grassroots Groups
Other Resources

 

 Housing Counseling                                                                                            (Back to Top)

Chinatown CDC’s Housing Counseling is committed to improving the quality of life and living environment for low-income residents. We work to preserve affordable housing and educate residents on tenants’ rights so that tenants are empowered to fight for change. We assist community members dealing with a variety of issues including:

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  • Eviction
  • Rent Increases
  • Repair and Maintenance issues
  • Translation and filing of forms and documents
  • Opportunities and availability of affordable housing
  • Tenant and landlord/tenant mediations
  • Tenant’s rights education

If you would like housing counseling help, please call us to make an appointment

Location:

Chinatown CDC

663 Clay Street

San Francisco, CA 94111

415-984-2728

Drop-in only:

Every Wednesday, 10am-11am
777 Broadway Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Every Monday and Friday, 2pm-4pm
663 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

 

Community Education Outreach Program (CEOP)

We work collaboratively with the Department of Building Inspections and city-wide community organizations to improve the housing stock for all San Franciscans, with particular emphasis on SROs and other buildings inhabited by low income, often monolingual residents and new immigrants.

 

 Policy Work                                                                                                       (Back to Top)

Public Policy Research and Advocacy

Chinatown CDC advocates for policy reform that fulfills our mission of building healthy affordable communities.  Our policy efforts address issues of tenant rights, land use reform, planning, affordable housing, and budget issues at the local, regional, state, and federal levels.

 

We also work with partners at each of these levels, including the Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO) on the local and regional level and the Coalition of National Asian Pacific Americans for Community Development (CAPACD) on the state and federal levels.

 

Preservation and Rehabilitation of Neighborhood Assets

Chinatown CDC’s primary policy advocacy focuses on preserving and rehabilitating neighborhood assets for the benefit of low-income residents. We advocate for policy reform such as tenant rights legislation to help low income tenants avoid eviction. We also advocate for affordable housing finance and land use reform that promotes the improvement of building health and safety and secures affordability for residential and commercial users for generations to come.

 

Building and Preserving Sustainable Communities for Low-Income Residents

Like other core low income neighborhoods, Chinatown already embodies many principals of sustainability – livability, walkability, public transit reliance, and most of all accessibility for low-income immigrant residents and businesses.  But Chinatown faces significant and increasing gentrification pressures as the city and region move towards a sustainable community model that aims to curb suburban sprawl by concentrating population growth around “transit-oriented development” in core cities like San Francisco.

 

Chinatown CDC advocates for sustainable communities that are accessible to low-income residents and neighborhood-serving retail. Thus we partner with a number of local and regional advocates to ensure inclusion of a low-income neighborhood-level perspective in the regional and national sustainable communities dialogue. We are involved with the current regional process lead by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to enact SB 375, the California law that aims to control sprawl and poor development through regional planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

 Partnership with Grassroots Groups                                                                        (Back to Top)

Community Tenants Association (CTA)

Founded in 1987, the Community Tenants Association (CTA) is the largest community based tenant group that organizes to defend the rights of low-income tenants throughout San Francisco. With over 1000 members, CTA advocates for the interest of our community and fosters immigrant leadership to lead citywide issues impacting tenants. We work extensively with CTA for tenants’ rights, preservation of affordable housing, protection of existing tenants from displacement, and awareness on issues impacting the city’s most vulnerable immigrant populations.

 

Ping Yuen Residents Improvement Association (PYRIA)

Founded in 1967, the Ping Yuen Residents Improvement Association (PYRIA) is one of Chinatown CDC’s founding organizations. PYRIA is one of the most active public housing tenant associations in San Francisco. We work with PYRIA in their struggle for better public housing maintenance, safer communities, and better communication with and service from the San Francisco Housing Authority.

 

SRO Families

As part of the SRO Families Collaborative, we organize families living in Single Room Occupancy hotels to advocate for decent affordable housing. Our families work together city-wide for the well being of our communities, monitoring the rental subsidy program and advocating for an equitable city budget.


We specifically work with Chinatown SRO families and connect them to services such as home visits from Peer Organizers, Super Sunday monthly gatherings at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School, services from the San Francisco Unified School District’s Family in Transition Program including the distribution 300+ fast passes to students living in SROs, and workshops and recreational activities .

 

 Other Resources                                                                                                (Back to Top)

Asian Law Caucus
939 Market Street, Suite 201
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.896.1701
www.asianlawcaucus.org


Department of Building Inspection
Housing Inspection Division
1660 Mission Street, Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
415.558.6220


Mayor's Office of Housing
Affordable Housing Information Services (AHIS)
www.sf-moh.org

San Francisco Housing Authority
1815 Egbert Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
415-715-3280
 
 

San Francisco Rent Board
25 Van Ness Avenue, #320
San Francisco, CA 94103
www.ci.sf.ca.us/rentbd

 


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