Great Communities Collaborative

Please note: As the foundation implements its equity strategy, we are taking a close look at our special programs, initiatives, and funding collaboratives. Please watch this space for information about the future direction of this work.

The Great Communities Collaborative (GCC), an Initiative of The San Francisco Foundation, works toward a future where mixed-income transit-oriented communities are central to a strong Bay Area. The San Francisco Foundation is proud to be a core partner of the Great Communities Collaborative, to ensure that the San Francisco Bay Area is made up of healthy, thriving neighborhoods that are affordable to all and linked to regional opportunities by a premier transit network.

Our Great Communities Collaborative was instrumental in catalyzing an initial $10 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the launch of the Bay Area Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing (TOAH) Fund. We’ve leveraged our impact, and today, the TOAH Fund is fund capitalized at $60 million. The Fund will loan money to developers to build affordable housing near Bay Area rail and bus stops, strengthening  our entire region by creating more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods with jobs, fresh food markets, and public transportation all close to home.

The strength of GCC rests in our partnerships between philanthropy, government and organizations, anchored by the local expertise of grassroots community organizations focused on community health and mixed-income housing.

Visit to learn more about our work. If you have specific questions please contact Foundation staff at

Farzana Serang
Initiative Officer, Great Communities Collaborative 415.733.8505
Associate Initiative Officer, Great Communities Collaborative 415.733.8573
Taina Estevez
Initiatives Assistant, Great Communities Collaborative & HOPE SF x557