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March 12, 2010
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A NEW BEGINNING FOR HOMELESS IN THE TENDERLOIN


Glide and TNDC Celebrate the Grand Opening of 149 Mason Street Studios-56 Fully-Furnished Studio Apartments for Formerly Homeless
 
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Reverend Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani, Don Falk and Others on March 25, 2010 at 11:45 am

SAN FRANISCO, CA – Glide Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) are pleased to announce the opening of 56 new fully furnished studio apartments for formerly homeless at 149 Mason Street in San Francisco. A ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, March 25 at noon will welcome residents to their new homes.
 
“What a special day for San Francisco,” said Reverend Cecil Williams Glide’s Minister of Liberation. “A decade ago, we had a dream to create a strong community in the Tenderloin that respects our backgrounds and socioeconomic status. Today, we open the doors to new housing that can help break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.”

The eight-story building at 149 Mason Street features 56 affordable studio apartments for formerly homeless individuals, along with a host of on-site supportive services for tenants. Glide Health Services will launch their first satellite clinic, which will provide onsite medical services for the residents. Other supportive services include job counseling, rehabilitation referral services, behavioral health counseling, case management, substance abuse counseling, nursing services and more.

To help foster community within the building, there is a spacious common room and fully equipped kitchen, lobbies on each floor filled with natural light, open-air balconies and a landscaped courtyard.

“56 of our neighbors now have new homes along with the opportunity to stabilize their lives,” said Don Falk, Executive Director of TNDC. “In times like this, with uncertainty around every corner, this is an important step forward for establishing a stronger community in the Tenderloin.”

The building was co-developed by Glide Economic Development Corporation and TNDC, with financing from the City and County of San Francisco, Mayor’s Office of Housing, the State of California and the LISC Foundation, California Department of Housing and Community Development through voter approved Proposition 46, Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2002, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Housing and Urban Health, AEGON Companies, Silicon Valley Bank, Federal Home Loan Bank and San Francisco Local Initiatives Support Corporation. The architect firm was HKIT Architects and the contractor was Nibbi Brothers Construction, Inc.

Perhaps the building’s most striking visual feature is “Intertwined” – a colorful eight-story “ribbon” created by Johanna Poethig from hand-cut and glazed ceramic tile that encircles the building. Poethig is an internationally known artist who resides in San Francisco and has collaborated with various communities on several projects throughout the city.

ABOUT THE PARTNERS

Glide Economic Development Corporation
Created in 2000 to help address the need for housing in the Tenderloin area, Glide Economic Development Corporation is a 501 C (3) dedicated to the creation of affordable housing under the Glide umbrella. 149 Mason is the second affordable housing development completely by GEDC recently.  125 Mason Street next door provides 81 apartment homes for families. Essentially the real estate development arm of the larger Glide community, GEDC has successfully created housing for a population ranging from working families to formerly homeless individuals   GEDC works closely with Glide Community Housing (GCH) to provide the support service programs that improve the lives of tenants in these buildings. GEDC also works with Youth Build, Glide’s construction employment program, to source construction workers during the building phase of the developments. As part of the larger Glide enterprise, GEDC and GCH continue the 45-year tradition of serving the poor and disenfranchised for 45 years. From serving nearly one million meals a year, to operating a professional medical clinic, to providing affordable housing, to youth job training, to offering weekly spiritual celebrations at Glide Church, and much more – Glide touches the lives of many people. Glide has helped thousands of disenfranchised and poor people get back on their feet and find their way to jobs, housing and spiritual fulfillment.  


Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
Founded in 1981, TNDC’s mission is to provide safe, affordable housing with support services for low-income people in the Tenderloin community and be a leader in making the neighborhood a better place to live. TNDC now owns and manages 30 buildings that provide homes for 3,500 extremely low-income seniors, families, people with disabilities, low-income wage earners, immigrants and others in the Tenderloin and nearby neighborhoods. In addition, TNDC provides on-site supportive services and resources such as social workers and an after-school program to help residents stabilize their lives and develop a sense of community.
 
About the Glide Foundation
Located at Ellis and Taylor in the Tenderloin, one of San Francisco's harshest urban environments, Glide Foundation is an oasis that has served the poor and disenfranchised for 45 years. From serving nearly one million meals a year, to operating a professional medical clinic, to providing affordable housing, to youth job training, to offering weekly spiritual celebrations at Glide Church, and much more – Glide touches the lives of many people. Glide has helped thousands of disenfranchised and poor people get back on their feet and find their way to jobs, housing and spiritual fulfillment.

 

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