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:
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
663 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
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.
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.
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.
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 .