Community Stabilization Strategy

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How are we defining key terms?

Displacement is the process by which a household is forced to move from its residence.
Gentrification is a process of neighborhood change which includes economic change on historically disinvested neighborhoods.
Exclusion is when high rents make neighborhoods inaccessible to low-income households. 
Source: UC Berkeley Urban Displacement Project

Vulnerable populations include communities of color (Black/African-American, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander), low-income communities, seniors, youth, and people living with disabilities.

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Urban areas across the country are grappling with displacement, gentrification, and exclusion. In California, the strong economic boom, housing shortage, and demand for urban living has exacerbated these trends over the last two decades, leading to accelerating displacement of long-time residents, businesses, and community assets.

What is the Community Stabilization Strategy?

The Community Stabilization Strategy is an inter-agency effort to provide City agencies, decision-makers and the public the comprehensive analysis and tools they need to make strategic decisions to stabilize our vulnerable populations as the City changes.

Specifically, the Strategy seeks to:

  • Mitigate the impacts of ongoing displacement
  • Help prevent future displacement due to economic and population growth
  • Better manage economic growth to offer benefits to existing communities with a focus on vulnerable populations.

How do we get there?

Combining these three comprehensive steps, we will have a more holistic understanding of gentrification and displacement trends in San Francisco's neighborhoods, allowing us to make informed recommendations that are specific to the needs of individual neighborhoods:

Step 1

Understand the stages and types of displacement and gentrification occurring throughout different neighborhoods in San Francisco — We are working with UC Berkeley's Urban Displacement Project, which analyzes demographic data, rail station locations, employment, real estate trends, and housing characteristics to identify stages of displacement and gentrification in the Bay Area by census tract. In addition, we are evaluating and layering San Francisco data such as number and location of evictions and buyouts, location and number of below market rate units, and populations served by city programs, among others.

Step 2

Compile and analyze the City's existing stabilization and stabilization programs and policies — City agencies and community experts are helping to comprehensively assess the City's existing tenant empowerment and eviction prevention, access to homeownership, housing preservation, affordable housing production, economic development, and homelessness programs and policies. Costs, benefits, major challenges, and opportunities for improvement to enhance their purpose and reach will all be considered.

Step 3

Propose recommendations to enhance and tailor existing programs and policies and develop new tools not currently in practice — Based on the program and policy evaluation results, the strategy will recommend policies to enhance existing programs and policies to improve efficacy. The recommendations will also include modifying investments, programs, and policies based on the understanding of needs depending on the stage of displacement of gentrification.
New programs and policies will be proposed for implementation.

 

Partners

Community Organizations

We have engaged with numerous community organizations and stakeholders to understand what issues they face, and assess programs they manage or use. A list of community organizations and stakeholders, and meetings with community organizations is available here. 

City Agencies

We are also working with City agencies that manage and administer funding for community stabilization programs. These include: Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Department of Public Health, Rent Board, Department of Building Inspection, Human Rights Commission, Small Business Commission, HOPESF, Human Services Agency, Arts Commission, and Housing Authority.

Next Steps

October 11, 2018 Planning Commission informational presentation
Fall 2018/Winter 2019 Develop program and policy assessments
Develop preliminary policy recommendations
Winter/Spring 2019 Release Draft Community Stabilization Strategy
Spring 2019 Release Final Community Stabilization Strategy
Spring/Summer 2019 Develop policy and legislation to implement recommendations

Project Documents

Links

  • UC Berkeley's Urban Displacement Project
    The Urban Displacement Project is a research and action initiative that aims to understand the nature of gentrification and displacement in the Bay Area, Southern California and Portland.
  • Housing Affordability Strategy
    The Housing Affordability Strategy will provide a framework to help City staff, policymakers, and the public evaluate how our housing policies and plans work together to address housing affordability for our diverse population.
  • Mission Action Plan 2020
    The Mission Action Plan 2020 seeks to retain low to moderate income residents and community-serving businesses (including Production, Distribution and Repair), artists, and nonprofits in order to strengthen and preserve the socioeconomic diversity of the Mission neighborhood.
  • Sustainable Chinatown
    Sustainable Chinatown aims to protect the elements that make the Chinatown neighborhood unique while addressing its most serious challenges.
  • Tenderloin Development Without Displacement
    The Tenderloin Development without Displacement Initiative (TLDWDI) is a community planning effort lead by seven Tenderloin anchor institutions, Tenderloin residents, and the San Francisco Planning Department. TLDWDI formed in response to the displacement of low income people from the Tenderloin neighborhood.

Contact

Andrea Nelson
Senior Community Development Specialist,
andrea.nelson@sfgov.org