HOPE SF is reimagining four public housing sites in San Francisco’s southeastern region. These communities are rebuilding health initiatives, tackling housing and workforce issues, and providing family, youth, and adult support by resident lead voices to make the biggest impact. This new approach to public housing communities confronts displacement and other economic and racial disparities that sustain community and culture.


Collaborations with our YMCA’s

San Francisco’s public agencies, service organizations, and business provide vital services, programs, and jobs to the residents of HOPE SF. This citywide initiative managed out of the May’s office to ensure that all public agencies are at the table, prioritizing the goals of this initiative and supporting residents.





Partnership Primary Goals

Goal 1

Build racially and economically inclusive neighborhoods.

Goal 2

Recognize the power of residents to lead their communities

Goal 3

Increase economic and educational advancement.

Goal 4

Create healthy communities.

HOPE SF Locations

Alice Griffith

Originally built in 1962 adjacent to the now-demolished Candlestick Park, Alice Griffith received a HUD Choice Neighborhood Award in 2012 and is part of the Hunters Point Shipyard/Candlestick Point Neighborhood Development plan. In 2019, all original residents had been rehoused, achieving nearly 90% retention. Two more affordable projects, including 30 public housing replacement units, will be constructed in 2024-2025. Five Point, the Master developer, is responsible for developing market rate, inclusionary and workforce units. When completed, there will be expanded transit, retail and office space, a research and development campus, and over 300 acres of open space. 


Hunters View

Hunters View, originally built in 1956, was the first HOPE SF site to undergo revitalization. Perched on a grassy hill above the old naval shipyard, it has spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. Of the original families, 70% were retained through the transition between public housing and mixed-income development. Amenities include open spaces, a community center, a childcare facility, a wellness center, a sound studio, and playgrounds. The Phase 3 ­­­— affordable and the first two phases of market-rate homes will break ground in 2020.

Contact YMCA Staff

Lynetta Demus Program Manager Ldemus@ymcasf.org

Nicole Yarbrough Lead Resident Activities Coordinator nyarbrough@ymcasf.org

Potrero Terrace and Annex

Home to nearly 1,300 people, Potrero Terrace and Potrero Annex — together known as Potrero — are two of the oldest public housing developments in San Francisco. Located at the southeastern edge of the Potrero Hill neighborhood, they were hastily constructed in 1941 and 1955. HOPE SF will rebuild both sections of the 38-acre site into a unified mixed-income development with buildings of varying heights and a park. Phase 1 — construction of the first 72 units was completed in February 2019. 

Contact YMCA Staff

Betty Canton-Self ECantonSelf@ymcasf.org




Sunnydale - Velasco

Sunnydale, San Francisco’s largest public housing community, is undergoing a transformation into a mixed-income development of new affordable and market rate housing, street and utility infrastructure, and open spaces. Located at the foot of McLaren Park, the 50-acre site will also include an exciting neighborhood hub and the city’s first recreation center in decades, a Boys & Girls Club, and early childhood education centers.

Contact YMCA Staff

Lynetta Demus- Program Manager


Not just driven. We are data-driven, too.

* Data from Hunters View, where housing was completed in 2016. All other data points are in comparison to the 2012 baseline evaluation. Data is provided by HopeSF official site.

New affordable homes built

Average retention of original residents

Resident interactions with community health workers in one year

Increase in student attendance




 Decrease in crime

Increase in household income*



Programs for Residents

  • Community Health Ambassador Program
  • Education Liason Program
  • Youth Champions and Phoenix Project
  • Resident Warriors
  • College Scholarships
  • Small Grants Program
  • Wealth Strategies