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.
GCC has now come together with the 6 Wins for Social Equity Network (6 Wins) and Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) to create Bay Area For All (BA4A), a collaborative aimed at building places that are equitable, healthy, and climate smart. The collaborative was selected as one of the six winners of the national Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) competition and will work together to advance a shared vision of community-driven development, with a focus on the preservation of existing affordable housing and ensuring that development of major public land sites advances racial, economic, and social justice goals. The BA4A team will work with national SPARCC partners to connect local efforts towards national learning and policy-setting platforms. Learn more about the Bay Area initiative.