Posts Tagged ‘low income’

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Graces the New Richardson Apartments in Hayes Valley – HUD’s $5 Million Grant

Monday, November 28th, 2011

[UPDATE: Barbara Taylor has the deets.]

[UPDATE II: And it should be noted that Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture designed the landscape for this project.]

Well here’s the news from last week:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced the recipients of the 2011 Sustainable Communities Grants, totaling nearly $96 million. Twenty-seven communities and organizations will receive Community Challenge grants and 29 regional areas will receive Regional Planning grants. The goal of HUD’s Sustainable Communities grants is to help communities and regions improve their economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation.”

Our San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission scored $5,000,000 worth of these grants, so some feds dropped by to celebrate this afternoon.

San Francisco Mayor with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi greeting people at the brand new Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments for the formerly homeless on Fulton near Gough:

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Oh, here they are up at the Richardson’s awesome-looking rooftop garden:

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And here’s Supervisor and MTC Commissioner David Campos. (To him, Nancy Pelosi “will always be Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”)

Remember this mural? I haven’t seen it in a while. Anyway, here’s where’s your Central Freeway used to be. Parcel G., specifically, per the Socketsite.

All the deets, after the jump

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Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments Now All-The-Way Done: Housing for Formerly Homeless at 365 Fulton

Friday, August 5th, 2011

You remember a year ago when I told you Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments Now Halfway Done?

I do. Good times, huh?

Well, here it is, all finished, AFAIAC:

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It looks better than the artist’s conceptions, I think. Swoopier, anyway.

Hurray!

Leave us remember:

“This is the scene these days down at the Civic Centerish worksite of the Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments – it’s just a shrouded box now, see?

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This is what Central Freeway Parcel G looked like at the beginning, back in April

David Baker + Partners Architects, San Francisco, California

and May:

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And this is what it will look like soon:

You won’t be able to miss it:

Should be done by August 2011.”

Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments Now Halfway Done – Housing for Formerly Homeless at 365 Fulton

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

This is the scene these days down at the Civic Centerish worksite of the Drs. Julian and Raye Richardson Apartments – it’s just a shrouded box now, see?

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This is what Central Freeway Parcel G looked like at the beginning, back in April

David Baker + Partners Architects, San Francisco, California

and May:

David Baker + Partners Architects, San Francisco, California

And this is what it will look like soon:

You won’t be able to miss it:

Should be done by August 2011.

Photovoltaic Solar Panels Have Come to San Franciscos Public Housing Projects

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

That big residential solar project in the Lower Haight / Western Addition / Hayes Valley from SunWheel Energy Partners just went live. The juice, she  is flowing.

See all the deets in this 15 minute video - it’s just like being there.

San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil “The Thrill” Ting was there for the ribbon-cutting…

…as was District 5 Supervisor Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi:

San Francisco Affordable Housing Sites Power On Solar Energy
 
Federal, State and Local Officials, Site Residents and Community Members Celebrate Green Energy and New Jobs at Western Addition Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
 
San Francisco, CA, January 26, 2010 – On Monday, January 25, 2010, Sunwheel Energy Partners, which provides turnkey solar energy systems for urban and community partners, celebrated the commissioning of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at three affordable housing community sites in San Francisco’s Western Addition and Hayes Valley neighborhoods — bringing solar power, green jobs and financial relief to residents and owners.  The ribbon cutting ceremony at Plaza East Apartments was widely attended by a notable group of federal, state and local officials as well as the site’s residents and community members who were hired to install the solar panels.
 
Dignitaries in attendance included Henry Alvarez, Executive Director, San Francisco Housing Authority; Timothy Alan Simon, CPUC Commissioner; Phil Ting, SF Assessor-Recorder; David Rubin, Director of Service Analysis, PG&E; Michael Carlin, SFPUC Deputy General Manager; Neola Gans, Vice President, SF Housing Authority Commission; Caroline Krewson, Deputy Regional Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Stephen Schneller, Director, San Francisco Office of Public Housing; Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco Supervisor; and representatives of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s offices. Senator Mark Leno issued a proclamation commending the site.

Even more deets, after the jump

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“iPhone-Smashing” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Visits the Mission District

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

The first thing you may think upon meeting Federal Communications CommissionChairman Julius Genachowski is that he looks like a lawyer who just might have gone to school with Obama. Bingo!

Then you read up on how he wants to smash open the iPhone over the recent AT&T / Google Voice lockout brouhaha. You see, Jules acted with a shocking quickness. Is it because he “gets” technology? Could be.

Anywho, Mr. Chairman came to the lovely Valencia Gardens housing projects (seriously, the best in the City, more appealing than the Fillmore Center Apartments anyway) on a dreaded sunny day to highlight “the importance of broadband access in low income communities.” Check it:

Julius, second from right, chatting with the Mission Digital Connectors:

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And with other Missionites:

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Can people in the area around 14th and Valencia open up their netbooks to catch 5/5 bars worth of WiFi goodness at 54 million bits per second? Yes we can.

There’s your schmoozefest of the day.

 FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI TO HIGHLIGHT BENEFITS OF BROADBAND AT SAN FRANCISCO HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Chris Vein, San Francisco’s Chief Information Officer
and Henry Alvarez, Executive Director of the San Francisco Housing
Authority (SFHA) will welcome Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC), for a Mission neighborhood event
highlighting the importance of broadband access in low income communities.

Chairman Genachowski will tour the technology facilities at Valencia
Gardens, a SFHA community, and meet with residents of Valencia Gardens and
community leaders. Valencia Gardens is a national model for bringing high
speed internet access to public housing sites. Through the San Francisco
Department of Technology’s partnership with the Internet Archive, residents
are able to receive speeds of over 50 mbps. In addition to access, the
Department of Technology has coordinated a wide range of training and
support programs for residents of Valencia Gardens.

The Department of Technology has led an initiative to bring broadband
access to 4399 units of public and non-profit housing developments.

WHAT: FCC Chairman tours Valencia Gardens Technology Center

WHEN:           Sunday, August 2, 2009
                       3:00 P.M.

WHO:             FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski
                       San Francisco Chief Information Officer Chris Vein
                       SFHA Executive Director – Henry A. Alvarez III
           Hydra Mendoza, Education Advisor to the Mayor of San Francisco
           Alan Greenley, One Economy

WHERE:        Valencia Gardens Technology Center
           360 Valencia Street
           San Francisco, CA 94103

Photovoltaic Solar Panels Coming to San Francisco’s Public Housing Projects

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Well, read all about it. Rooftop solar is coming to the Hayes Valley North, and South, and Plaza East housing projects in the greater Western Addition / Lower Haight area.

The Future is Now. Click to expand:

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The mise-en-scene this morning, including Mayor Gavin Newsom, Rev. Amos Brown, Public Utilities Commission Director Ed Harrington, District 8 Supervisor hopeful Laura Spanjian, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Deputy District Director Melanie Nutter. The roof you can see upper left is slated for a panel or two:

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Mr. Mayor was going on about San Francisco being number one in California rooftop photovoltaic solar installations on a per capita basis - his statement was just one caveat shy of being operational. It would appear the rich yuppies and less-rich granolas of ridiculously-named Nevada City, California, to name just one city, have erected a ginourmous number of rooftop panels. Maybe he meant San Francisco County. Oh, here’s the caveat – “large” city. Doesn’t match what he was actually saying today, but that fixes the error. In front of a sample PV panel and betwixt MLK and Barack Obama from somebody’s bedroom window across the street:

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So how much is “365 kw?” Well, I’m not sure what that figure means. It could mean maximum power in ideal conditions. You’ll just have to do an install and then measure what you get on a sunny day, ’cause every installation of PV is unique. If it helps to compare, the 5.4 litre engine from a used Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 can put out more power than what the solar panels at Hayes Valley North, and South, and Plaza East together will be capable of producing at maximum.

(In other vehicular matters, no, the mayor’s SUV wasn’t sitting idling during the entire event - that’s an improvement.)

And in other vehicular matters once again, this was the scene at the end of the block where the news conference was held. Scratch one laptop. Is it being fenced right now? Probably.

Oh well.

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The Fixing Broken Windows theory in action.

Anywho, el comunicado de prensa de hoy:

 MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES FIRST SOLAR INSTALLATIONS AT S.F. PUBLIC HOUSING  SITES; CREATES GREEN-COLLAR JOBS

 Newsom also announces 450% increase in San Francisco solar applications since inception of solar rebate program

Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced plans to install over 365 kw of
solar panels on the San Francisco Housing Authority properties of
Hayes Valley North and South and Plaza East through San Francisco’s
GoSolarSF Initiative. The solar panels will provide hundreds of thousands
of kilowatts of clean, renewable electricity to public housing residents.
The project is expected to create 25 jobs and be completed by the end of
the year.
“With initiatives like GoSolarSF, San Francisco is lighting the way with
solar power,” said Mayor Newsom. “Solar power will reduce greenhouse gases,
grow our green economy, and lead the state towards a future of clean,
renewable energy.”

More deets after the jump.

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