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Annual Report 2008-2009

Message from the Executive Director and President of the Commission Dear San Franciscans: MESSAGE : SFHA COMMISSION

It is my pleasure to present the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) 2008-2009 Annual Report. Through the visionary leadership and support of the Honorable Mayor Gavin Newsom, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and our community partners, we have made great strides toward transforming the SFHA and in meeting the needs of our residents, programs participants, and our community. “Transformation: Reformation” is the theme of the 2008-2009 Annual Report. The 2008-2009 fiscal year was extremely successful for the SFHA as we focused on a number of key initiatives and policy objectives. These objectives included environmental and greening improvements, receiving funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), generating new employment opportunities for our residents, and upgrading technology at many of our housing sites. Through these efforts we continue to work to transform public housing in San Francisco. The SFHA, since 1938, has played a vital role in providing affordable housing and resident services to San Francisco’s low-income residents, the disabled, seniors, and families. We hope you agree that our Annual Report illustrates our movement forward to transform the SFHA. Thank you for taking the time to review our 2008-2009 Annual Report. We invite your feedback as we continually strive to improve the organization.


Henry Alvarez III, Executive Director

Reverend Amos Brown, President, San Francisco Housing Authority Commission







Message from the Mayor of San Francisco Dear Citizens:

The city of San Francisco is blessed with some of the best public housing developments in the United States, and these homes provide not simply a place to live but an anchor of support to many of San Francisco’s families, the disabled, and senior citizens. These homes also represent an opportunity to promote the creation of jobs, especially in the environmental and labor industries, through ongoing modernization and revitalization efforts that will improve our public housing stock and continue to make San Francisco one of the most desirable places to live in the world. In July 2008, I appointed Mr. Henry Alvarez III as the Executive Director to oversee the San Francisco Housing Authority. With over twenty years’ experience in the public housing industry, Mr. Alvarez has the qualifications and experience to implement the changes and manage the needs of San Francisco’s public housing developments. I have also appointed five civic leaders to serve on the SFHA Commission. Together, the SFHA Commission brings a collective voice to advocate for our residents that is reflected in the decisions and the directives that guide SFHA staff. The 2008-2009 SFHA Annual Report highlights just a few of the tremendous accomplishments that have occurred in the last year. We will build on these efforts moving forward as we continue to advance the mission of the San Francisco Housing Authority.

Very truly yours,

Mayor Gavin Newsom




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M E S S A G E : S F M AY O R

With its iconic vistas, unique neighborhoods, and beautiful surroundings, San Francisco continues to serenade visitors and residents alike, making it a special place to live and to visit. As Mayor, I am especially committed to policies and programs that continue to make San Francisco a national leader in job creation, particularly within the green collar industry; energy conservation; comprehensive beautification efforts; housing that is environmentally sustainable; premiere educational programs for people of all ages; accessible and affordable health care; and child care. These are just a few examples of the local resources that our public sector workers and service providers must prioritize for our public housing residents.

L o t t i e Ti t u s Stepping Up to a Leadership Role

R E F O R M AT I O N : P R O F I L E S


hildhood was wonderful for Lottie Titus. Her father worked for the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) and her mother was a housekeeper. “There was a lot of love in my house growing up here in San Francisco. I have really fond memories of that period of my life.” Her family, originally from Texas, moved to San Francisco when Lottie was only two years old. Lottie still loves the city. “San Francisco offers something for everybody and has a multitude of resources designed to help people from all walks of life. This city provides opportunities if you want them.” Two years ago, she heard about a new program called the HOPE SF Leadership Academy. She entered into the second class of participants, and the program was an eye-opening experience. She learned communication and community organizing techniques, as well as ways that she can help her fellow residents in Hunters View. She also became involved with the Communities of Opportunity program. “This program is helping to slow down the rate of poverty in the Southeast and especially in Hunters Point.” But she feels more work needs to be done to get the word out to residents about programs designed to help them, and that there needs to be an emphasis on rental assistance. “I don’t want to see any displacement as a result of people not paying their rent on time. We need to make sure that people know there is an effective rental assistance program to help them address this issue.”

“I play an active role in my neighborhood…”

Growing up with four sisters, Lottie knows about the importance of cooperation and negotiation. Now 51 years old and a grandmother, watching the next generation of her family growing up in the city gives her even more incentive to push for changes in the community. “I am helping to raise my grandchildren and part of taking care of them is ensuring that I play an active role in my neighborhood.” Lottie also finds strength in the Providence Baptist Church, where she teaches Sunday school to fiveand six-year-olds. “I really look forward to setting a good example for the children. Knowing that my work in the community is having a positive impact is exciting, and I am looking forward to utilizing my skills as the redevelopment of Hunters View begins.”

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Zulaikha Khalil Looking to the Future

She took her first step in that direction when she graduated from the Real Alternatives Program (RAP). Since then she has been looking for the stepping stones to a career and good educational opportunities for her children. But as a single parent and the head of the household, her schedule is hectic and it can be difficult to focus on personal goals. Added to her set of daily challenges is caring for her mother, who has lymphoma. “My mother still continues to play a huge role in my life. She has been a mentor and a supporter. Her strength is in her spirit and I have learned that you have to have that spirit to be a success.”

R E F O R M AT I O N : P R O F I L E S


San Francisco native, Zulaikha Khalil knows about struggle and she also knows about success. Born in the Western Addition, she moved to Hunters View when she was just seven years old. Now she has a son, DeShawn, who is eight and a daughter, Dezyre, who is five. “As a mom now, I look at things differently, and know that I have to have goals in place to insure a good future, not only for myself but for my kids.”

“I have to have goals in place to insure a good future, not only for myself but for my kids.”

Last year offered an opportunity for success when Zulaikha participated in the Garden Project, a nonprofit workforce development program. The unique Garden Project program provides hands-on horticultural training at the San Bruno Jail. The SFHA sponsored 50 scholarships for residents of public housing in San Francisco and Zulaikha was one of the lucky recipients. “The garden at San Bruno Jail was a learning tool. I learned about the immense diversity of flora in the Bay Area’s ecosystem and how to transplant at the gardens. We also got to eat some of the food that we grew and the SF Food Bank benefitted as well.” While enrolled in the program, she met another mentor—Catherine Snead, the Director of the Garden Project. Her mentor encouraged her to step into a leadership role and become a mentor to the younger students in the program.

After graduating as an Earth Steward from the Garden Project in August, she applied to the JOBS NOW! Program, which began in November 2009 and has provided 21 jobs to residents who live in SFHA housing sites. “I am really looking forward to my participation in the JOBS NOW! program. I hope this gives me another opportunity to help the people in my community and teach my children what my mother taught me about the spirit of success.”

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Orieyanna Johnson A Woman Dedicated to Community Service t h r o u g h t h e S F HA C o n c i e r g e P r o g r a m R E F O R M AT I O N : P R O F I L E S


rieyanna Johnson did not know that she was going to be a pioneer when she put on her new navy blue uniform and started her career as an unarmed guard early last year at the San Francisco Housing Authority. She did not know that she was going to be the first African American woman promoted in the program that was not only novel to San Francisco, but also avant-garde nationally. She saw a notification to apply for the pilot Concierge Program in a newsletter that she received at Robert B. Pitts, where she lives. The Concierge Program is a new public safety program which employs residents to be unarmed guards at selected housing sites throughout the city. Proud of her lineage, Orieyanna’s grandmother and mother also worked for the San Francisco Housing Authority, and she saw this job opportunity as a potential career. “I was interested in this job not only because I am proud to be a third generation employee of the San Francisco Housing Authority but also because I love the work that I do and see the benefits of the program everyday when I visit the various housing sites.” Since beginning her tenure in this new program in May 2009, she has seen the Concierge Program grow to include the supervision of seven senior and disabled sites in San Francisco. As one of the original sixteen people hired for this new program, she was trained and certified in April and not long after was promoted. A graduate of George Washington High School, her current educational goals include studying law and criminal justice. She is also a mother of an eleven-year-old girl, Auzhanee, who attends Francisco Middle School.

“I am able to interact with the residents in a very meaningful way…”

“Being part of this new program and seeing the momentum building everyday has been exciting for me. I am able to interact with the residents in a very meaningful way and provide support to the organization.” Orieyanna hopes that the program expands and meanwhile, aside from her work in the Concierge Program, she continues to volunteer her time at local nonprofit organizations that benefit people of all ages. At twenty-seven years old, Orieyanna looks up to her grandfather, James H. Johnson, for inspiration. He was the first African American planner in the city of San Francisco during the Feinstein Administration. “I am proud to be a San Franciscan and I want to see our city continue to be one of the most diverse, most innovative, and above all, a welcoming and safe place for our families.”

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Florence Cheng Managing People and Places

Currently, Florence is an Area Manager who oversees six Property Managers at various housing sites. Prior to becoming an Area Manager, Florence worked in other capacities for the SFHA. She was a Property Manager in Chinatown, a Special Assistant to the former Executive Director, and an Internal Auditor for the Public Housing Program conducting special investigations. This variety of work assignments has given her a unique perspective on the changes that have occurred in the last year. Her days are busy, filled with work duties that include visiting various SFHA properties, meeting with Property Managers and other SFHA staff, and determining the needs of the residents. “Sometimes the needs that residents have are very different and require individualized attention. I work to make sure we are following through on requests and concerns from our residents.”

R E F O R M AT I O N : P R O F I L E S


n Saturdays Florence improves her Mandarin by chatting with San Francisco Housing Authority residents who she has the pleasure of serving. “I can speak both Cantonese and Mandarin but practicing gives me a unique opportunity to catch up with various residents and get to know how they are feeling and what their needs are while fine tuning my skills.” An employee of the SFHA, for over eleven years, Florence Cheng currently manages eleven properties for the Authority. These properties provide residences to many of San Francisco’s seniors and disabled but she also manages sites where families live as well.

“I work to make sure we are following through on requests and concerns from our residents.”

Some of the most significant changes she has seen in the last year include the improvement in maintenance response times and better communication and coordination that has occurred as a result of converting to asset management. With respect to resident relations, she wants to help residents get more services, especially educational opportunities. “We need to prioritize people’s access to services, primarily those that offer long term stability.” She also knows the importance of residents feeling empowered. Recently, a resident at Woodside Courts, who plays the piano for her neighbors, became a United States citizen. Now when May Zenghan plays the tune “Amazing Grace,” it has new meaning. Florence emigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in the 1970s and many of her family members live in the San Francisco Bay Area. A San Francisco resident and a lover of the city, Florence is a San Francisco 49ers fan and a Giants fan.

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Hunters View

T R A N S F O R M AT I O N : P R O P E R T I E S

The Hunters View housing development was established in 1957 in the Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. With its breathtaking views and panoramic vistas, this area of the city has enormous potential for redevelopment. The SFHA received approval from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to move forward on Phase I of the site’s redevelopment as part of an ambitious program called HOPE SF, which aims to redevelop some of San Francisco’s public housing. The project was awarded 6 million dollars in HUD American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, which helped secure 10 million dollars in Multi-Family Housing Program funds from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (CA HCD) in May 2009, as well as 30 million dollars in Infill Infrastructure Grant Funds from CA HCD for the first phase. The site’s three-phase redevelopment plan includes the replacement of all 267 public housing units, an additional 533 mixed-income rental and for-sale units, retail space, community facilities, and parks. In July 2009, the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission unanimously approved the resolution. Phase I improvements will include demolition and rebuilding of new infrastructure including utilities, sidewalks, streets, landscaping, and extensive amenities. Hunters View is the first SFHA property to receive federal, state, and local funding under the City and County of San Francisco’s HOPE SF program. The second class of the successful HOPE SF Leadership Academy graduated in October 2009. Resident participants learned how redevelopment projects are financed, practiced public speaking skills and the art of negotiation, and received information on urban design. The graduates of the HOPE SF Leadership Academy keep residents of Hunters View and other housing sites informed on relevant issues and will communicate the goals and principles of this historic redevelopment effort. The Academy graduates will work with SFHA staff to ensure residents’ involvement throughout the redevelopment. In an effort to link residents with critical services such as child care, health care, educational opportunities, and jobs, the City of San Francisco in conjunction with the SFHA launched the Hunters View Service Connection and Engagement Program in 2008.

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Breaking New Ground

P i n g Yu e n A n O a s i s i n S a n F r a n c i s c o ’s F a m o u s C h i n a t o w n

Throughout the last year at Ping Yuen a number of meaningful and significant capital improvements were completed. The 234-unit site saw long-awaited upgrades to the property, including the installation of artwork by renowned local artist Colette Crutcher, who designed and created ornamental mosaics to provide aesthetic flair to the property. In addition, six new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) remodeled units were completed in Ping Yuen North in the winter of 2008. The site also saw improvements when new security lighting was installed throughout the development in the summer of 2009 along with essential concrete and drainage repair which has reduced tripping hazards and standing water while increasing accessibility for residents. Beautification efforts along Trenton Alley Way added new shrubs, new plants, new paint, and removed weeds at San Francisco’s Clean Team Event in May at Ping Yuen and was a community-building effort.

T R A N S F O R M AT I O N : P R O P E R T I E S

Ping Yuen Housing Development located in San Francisco’s historic Chinatown has been serving families since 1955. A must-see destination when visiting San Francisco, and one of the most dense urban areas in the United States, Chinatown is home to a bustling, busy, diverse community. Located in the heart of all the activity are the mulitiple high-rise buildings that comprise the campus of Ping Yuen.

These changes are the beginning of more to come in 2010. The SFHA was awarded 8.5 million dollars in competitive grant monies from the ARRA for energy improvements including window replacements and heating system upgrades. An additional 2.7 million dollars, from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Energy Performance Contracting Program, will allow for over ten million dollars’ worth of improvements at Ping Yuen, keeping with the city’s commitment to be more energy-efficient in the coming years. Also, much-needed elevator improvements are in the design phase and are anticipated to be completed in early 2010.

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Alice Griffith

T R A N S F O R M AT I O N : P R O P E R T I E S

The Alice Griffith housing development consists of thirty-three two-story townhouse style buildings scattered throughout twenty-four acres that sit directly adjacent to San Francisco’s famous bay. This year residents of Alice Griffith led the way in initiating a series of public meetings to discuss long-term revitalization efforts for the site. At these meetings residents voiced their concerns about the city’s efforts to redevelop the entire area, not just the housing development. In the coming year, these conversations will continue as the city works to move forth on the biggest redevelopment in San Francisco’s history since the rebuilding efforts that occurred after the 1906 earthquake. These planning discussions and community-driven public forums will take on even more importance when in 2010, the official redevelopment process begins. In January 2009 Alice Griffith resident Dedria Smith stepped up to a leadership role when she was elected to represent tenants at the site. Her active participation and collaboration with the SFHA has been exemplary and has aided in encouraging people to vote in tenants’ elections. In September 2009, after the Public Housing Tenants’ Association (PHTA) improved the election process at a number of sites, Alice Griffith held a highly successful tenants’ election due to high voter turnout. In addition, this year, Alice Griffith was adorned with a beautiful new mural painted by local artist Malik Seneferu, who worked with youth from Alice Griffith to design and paint the mural. The mural’s creation was organized by a local nonprofit, Precita Eyes, and Dwayne Jones, a San Francisco Housing Authority Commissioner appointed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, and it was funded by the Koshland Fund, the Community Challenge Grant program, and the Community of Opportunities program. Alice Griffith is also the site of a local community garden overseen by Jacqueline Williams, a resident who works everyday to grow fruit and vegetables in the ideal climate of the San Francisco Bay Area. The garden was bolstered last year when SFHA staff and Alice Griffith residents volunteered their time at one of the city’s Clean Team events, which encourages local stewardship in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco.

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An Enclave Nestled by the Bay

I N C O M E S TAT E M E N T F Y 2 0 0 9 V S . F Y 2 0 0 8 A N ALY S I S RESOURCES VS EXPENDITURES FY 2009 – FY 2008


Total Expenditures decreased by $2.7 million. With new administration, savings resulted in all major line items as efficiency measures are being implemented.


Resources FY 2009


Expenditures FY 2009


$190 $185 $180 TOTAL

FY 2009

FY 2008








$ 17,522,443

FY 2008

FY 2009

FY 2008

Net Dwelling Rental Income

$ 17,106,776


$ 19,156,148

$ 19,319,837

HUD Operating Subsidy

$ 32,787,632

$ 33,645,574

Tenant Services

$ 1,194,403

$ 1,431,196

Capital Fund Program - Operating

$ 6,937,796

$ 7,187,992


$ 11,757,642

$ 12,301,444

HUD HAPS Contribution - Section 8

$ 107,198,445

$ 116,699,791

Ordinary Maintenance & Operations

$ 23,171,314

$ 24,673,755

Net Restricted Assets (NRA)

$ 15,936,223


Protective Services

$ 2,520,160

$ 2,912,540

Administrative Fee Income - Section 8

$ 9,508,095

$ 8,508,052

General Expenses

$ 7,617,290

$ 7,791,028

Other Operating Receipts

$ 1,245,170

$ 1,700,891

Housing Assistance Payments

$ 123,095,011

$ 116,694,347


$ 305,232

$ 69,873

Total Expenditures

$ 188,817,201

$ 185,194,019

Net Income

$ 2,318,603

$ (344,944)

Total Resources

FY 2009

$ 191,135,804

$ 184,849,076

balance s heet fy 2009 vs fy 2008 analysis The Net Assets of the Authority remained the same with a minimal increase of $245,900 from $182,053,469 in 2008 to $182,299,377 in 2009. Outstanding liabilities decreased from $28,166,252 in 2008 to $27,565,642 in 2009. The Authority finally settled the remaining legal liabilities of approximately $4 million in 2009. The increase in Capital Assets was primarily due to expenditures funded by the Capital Fund Program which amounted to $18.3 million in 2009. The increase in Other Liabilities was mainly due to receipt a of long-term capitalized lease agreement of $4.9 million.






FY 2009

FY 2008

Assets Total Current Assets

$ 29,279,936

$ 42,176,149

Capital Assets, Net Other Assets

$ 180,585,083

$ 168,043,572

Total Assets

$ 209,865,019

$ 210,219,721

$ 10,126,304

$ 14,494,274

Net of current portion

$ 8,400,000

$ 8,710,000

Other Liabilities

$ 9,039,338

$ 4,961,978

Total Liabilities

$ 27,565,642

$ 28,166,252

Net Assets

$ 182,299,377

$ 182,053,469

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

$ 209,865,019

$ 210,219,721

Liabilities and Net Assets


Total Current Liabilities Long-term debt and capital leases,

$0 FY 2009 TOTAL

FY 2008





FINANCIALS : FY 2008–2009

Total Resources increased by $6.3 million primarily in Section 8 Administrative Fees and overpayment of HAP (NRA). Dwelling Rental Income also increased as more vacant units are repaired and leased up. HUD Operating Subsidy decreased due to Stop Loss compliance penalties.

San Francisco Housing Authority 440 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

The San Francisco Housing Authority thanks all the Elected Officials, the SF Housing Commission, SFHA Staff, Volunteers, and most importantly, the Residents who contributed to the creation of this Annual Report.

2008-2009 SFHA Annual Report  

2008-2009 SFHA Annual Report

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