The Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (BHNC) has been an active developer of affordable housing for almost 30 years. Their commitment to housing development has largely been facilitated by The Housing Services Affiliate (HSA). HOPE SF Is a new type of funding that would affect organizations like the BHNC.
Recently, the Mayor was able to get approval from the Board of Supervisors (BOS) concerning the first phase of HOPE SF. HOPE SF funding is divided into six stages that extend over the course of several years. Decisions about who gets to be part of the funding are largely assessed by the BOS. The BOS are actively working with all neighborhood-related groups to come up with the best decisions.
It is still unclear why Daly decided that $38 Million dollars to support middle class and working class housing in Hayes Valley was not important. However, when given the chance, we can assume that the BHNC will give well developed and experienced input. It will be interesting to see what concerns and opinions will be expressed over bringing HOPE SF to Bernal Heights at the upcoming neighborhood associations.
You can find out more about neighborhood association meetings by joining the NorthWest Bernal Heights Alliance at northwestbernal at aol dot com. Unfortunately, their website has not been updated in over a year. For this reason, use the e-mail address to contact them directly.