Place Pathway: Anchoring Communities


The Bay Area’s diverse communities anchor the region. Our communities provide families with a home, connections to opportunity, and the social, cultural, spiritual, and economic networks that support and sustain us. Communities have many assets, including strong diverse leaders, rich artistic traditions, trusted community organizations and close-knit neighborhoods. However, our communities still face many challenges. As communities continue to tackle historic disinvestment and economic inequities, they are also facing escalating losses of affordable housing, long-time community institutions, and increasing gentrification and displacement.

Low-income communities of color across the region — from San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood to West and East Oakland to East Palo Alto — are facing pressures which threaten to fundamentally alter the cultural, economic, and racial fabric of individual communities and the region overall.  Close to 1.5 million Bay Area people of color and low-income residents[1], as well as the organizations that serve them, are at risk of displacement.

The Anchoring Communities, or Place, pathway is working to prevent the displacement of low-income people, communities of color, and the local organizations that serve them. Our aim is to ensure that the region’s neighborhoods are places where all residents can live, work, thrive and create. In the upcoming 2018 Equity Grants Open Cycle, we will focus on three funding priorities:

  • Housing: Protecting, preserving and producing affordable housing
  • Arts and Culture: Fostering a sense of belonging and connectedness while amplifying diverse voices
  • Community Anchors: Supporting organizations who reflect and support the communities they serve

For details about the goals, strategies, and funding priorities of the Place pathway, including priority neighborhoods, please visit the 2018 Equity Grants Open Cycle funding priorities page.

In addition to grantmaking, The San Francisco Foundation’s Place pathway engages in specific projects, including:

  • The Partnership for HOPE SF: A public-private partnership to rebuild four of the most distressed public housing developments in San Francisco’s southeast neighborhoods without mass displacement of residents.
  • Program-Related Investments (PRI): PRI provides capital support through low interest mission driven loans.
  • Supporting equitable development through planned investments, known as Community Benefits Agreements (CBA), that bring residents and leaders together to revitalize and improve communities to ensure that longtime residents can stay and enjoy the benefits of their efforts.

Grants Awarded

Review equity grants for the Place pathway.


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