Low income housing slated for site once dubbed “too good for poor people”

This is a "concept" drawing for TNDC's scaled-down affordable housing project at 1036 Mission Street.

This is a “concept” drawing for TNDC’s scaled-down affordable housing at 1036 Mission Street.


Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) will return to the Planning Commission on May 1st to renew entitlements for a project that lost its funding from the Mayor’s Office of Housing back in 2012 because they had determined that the land had become too valuable for affordable housing. 

TNDC will present a scaled down proposal, reducing a 13-story 100-unit building to 9 stories with 83 residential units for families and individuals earning no more than 50% of area median income (AMI). A total of 40 units will specifically be made available to formerly homeless families earning no more than 15% of AMI.

They’ll be seeking variances for dwelling unit exposure requirements (affecting a total of 12 units), open space size and open space exposure requirements. Exposure, in this context, refers to access to light and air.

“TNDC is extremely excited to move the 1036 Mission project forward and deliver much needed affordable units for families in the SoMa neighborhood,” according to project manager Chris Cummings. If you have any comments or questions, he can be reached at (415) 358-3946 or ccummings@tndc.org.


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