Thank you to the generous sponsors and supporters of our 37th Anniversary Gala, Rocking & Rolling. Chinatown Community Development Center is so fortunate to be part of such a committed and vibrant community of individuals with big hearts and dedication. Despite the best efforts of many, affordable housing remains a critical need in San Francisco. That is why your support is so important to us.
Don’t you love it when we all sing “I left my heart in San Francisco” at the end of Giant’s Games? That song means a lot more today because we, at Chinatown CDC, have seen and heard so many long-time San Franciscans crying “I had to leave my home in San Francisco.” This housing crisis has brought fears and tears to thousands evicted from “the City by the Bay.”
When my family was evicted in the early 1970s, luckily we got help from a member of the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown. I was inspired by the church’s collaborative work to fight for the first Redevelopment Project in Chinatown, Mei Lun Yuen. Today, at Chinatown CDC, we get to help so many others going through the same trauma. More than that, Chinatown CDC gets to build affordable housing across this city (along with many other housing development organizations). Take a look at our accomplishments and you can see for yourselves the many ways Chinatown CDC works in the community for all of us, so that others don’t have to leave the “City by the Bay.”
This evening’s program provides some powerful examples of individuals who have made significant contributions to the community: Lucinda Lee Katz, renown educator, teacher, and philanthropist of nearly five decades - who helped to bring about bi-lingual education and has worked so hard to ensure that all youth are well prepared for success in the future; Dianne Spaulding, who will be retiring after 22 years as the fantastic Executive Director of the Non Profit Housing Association (NPH) of Northern California at the end of the year; and the residents of Notre Dame Apartments who continue to inspire us with their optimistic spirit to improve housing conditions and opportunities for seniors that help them remain as independent as possible.
We salute our honorees, and on behalf of us all at Chinatown CDC, we thank them for their heart-felt work to make San Francisco and the Bay Area a great place to live and work.