Community Stabilization Strategy

Urban areas across the country are grappling with displacement, gentrification, and exclusion. In California, the strong economic boom, housing shortage, and demand for urban living has exacerbated these trends over the last two decades, leading to accelerating displacement of long-time residents, businesses, and community assets.

What is the Community Stabilization Strategy?

The Community Stabilization Strategy is an inter-agency effort to provide City agencies, decision-makers and the public the comprehensive analysis and tools they need to make strategic decisions to stabilize our vulnerable populations as the City changes.

Specifically, the Strategy seeks to:

  • Prevent future displacement due to economic growth
  • Mitigate the impacts of displacement
  • Ensure economic growth offers benefits to existing communities with a focus on vulnerable populations.

How Are We Defining Key Terms?

Displacement is the process by which a household is forced to move from its residence.
Gentrification is a process of neighborhood change which includes economic change on historically disinvested neighborhoods.
Exclusion is when high rents make neighborhoods inaccessible to low-income households. 
Source: UC Berkeley Urban Displacement Project

Vulnerable populations include communities of color (Black/African-American, Latinx/Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander), low-income communities, LGBTQ+, veterans, indigenous peoples, seniors, youth, and people living with disabilities.

Project Documents


  • UC Berkeley's Urban Displacement Project
    The Urban Displacement Project is a research and action initiative that aims to understand the nature of gentrification and displacement in the Bay Area, Southern California and Portland.
  • Housing Affordability Strategy
    The Housing Affordability Strategy will provide a framework to help City staff, policymakers, and the public evaluate how our housing policies and plans work together to address housing affordability for our diverse population.
  • Mission Action Plan 2020
    The Mission Action Plan 2020 seeks to retain low to moderate income residents and community-serving businesses (including Production, Distribution and Repair), artists, and nonprofits in order to strengthen and preserve the socioeconomic diversity of the Mission neighborhood.
  • Sustainable Chinatown
    Sustainable Chinatown aims to protect the elements that make the Chinatown neighborhood unique while addressing its most serious challenges.
  • Tenderloin Development Without Displacement
    The Tenderloin Development without Displacement Initiative (TLDWDI) is a community planning effort lead by seven Tenderloin anchor institutions, Tenderloin residents, and the San Francisco Planning Department. TLDWDI formed in response to the displacement of low income people from the Tenderloin neighborhood.

Step 1

Street in Chinatown

Understand the stages and types of displacement and gentrification occurring throughout different neighborhoods in San Francisco — We are working with UC Berkeley's Urban Displacement Project, which analyzes demographic data, rail station locations, employment, real estate trends, and housing characteristics to identify stages of displacement and gentrification in the Bay Area by census tract. In addition, we are evaluating and layering San Francisco data such as number and location of evictions and buyouts, location and number of below market rate units, and populations served by city programs, among others.

Step 2

Group of seniors at a rally

Compile and assess the City's existing stabilization and displacement prevention programs and policies — City agencies and community experts are helping to comprehensively assess the City's existing tenant empowerment and eviction prevention, access to homeownership, housing preservation, affordable housing production, economic development, and homelessness programs and policies. Costs, benefits, major challenges, and opportunities for improvement to enhance their purpose and reach will all be considered.

Step 3

Kids playing

Identify opportunities to enhance existing programs and policies and new tools to explore — Based on the program and policy summaries, the strategy will include opportunities to address challenges and to enhance existing programs and policies to improve efficacy. 

Community Organizations & Stakeholders

smarket vendorWe have engaged with numerous community organizations and stakeholders to understand what issues they face, and assess programs they manage or use. A list of community organizations and stakeholders, and meetings with community organizations is available below:

  • AGI Avant
  • ASIAN Inc.
  • Bentall Kennedy
  • Bonnewit Development Services
  • BRIDGE Housing
  • Central City SRO Collaborative
  • Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC)
  • Chinatown SRO Collaborative
  • Council of Community Housing Organizations (CCHO)
  • Dolores Street Community Services
  • Enterprise Opportunity Council
  • Episcopal Community Services
  • Glide Foundation
  • Haight Street Neighborhood Association
  • Homeownership SF
  • Housing Rights Committee
  • Market Street for the Masses
  • Mercy Housing California
  • Mission Economic Development Association (MEDA)
  • Mission Housing Development Corporation
  • Mission SRO Collaborative
  • Presidio Bay Ventures
  • San Francisco Apartment Association
  • San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC)
  • San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (HDC)
  • Senior and Disability Action
  • SF Community Land Trust
  • SF Foundation
  • SF LGBT Center
  • Share Better SF
  • SRO United Families Collaborative
  • Tenants Union
  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC)
  • Tenderloin People's Congress
  • Todco
  • Young Community Developers
  • Youth Community Center

Meetings Held with Community Organizations

Topic Community Stakeholders Date
100% Affordable Housing Program Bonnewit Development Services
BRIDGE Housing
Mercy Housing California
San Francisco Housing Action Coalition
Mission Housing Development Corporation
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
Episcopal Community Services
Young Community Developers
March 26, 2019
Project Introduction SF Foundation

January 23, 2018
February 16, 2018

Tenant Protections MOHCD Housing Counseling Working Group February  26, 2018
March 1, 2019
SRO Protections Chinatown SRO Collaborative
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC)
Senior and Disability Action
SRO United Families Collaborative
Mission SRO Collaborative
Glide Foundation
Faithful Fools
Market Street for the Masses
May 29, 2018
September 25, 2018
Small Sites Program CCDC
SF Community Land Trust
Mission Housing Development Corporation
June 29, 2018
Homeownership Stabilization and Empowerment Programs Homeownership SF
San Francisco Housing Development Corporation
SF LGBT Center
October 24, 2018
Short-Term Rentals

Unite Here 2
Senior Disability Action
Share Better SF
Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Association
SF Apartment Association

December 6, 2018
December 19, 2018
Lottery Preference Program

Young Community Developers
Homeownership SF
Bishop SF

December 19, 2018
Inclusionary Housing

Bentall Kennedy
Homeownership SF
AGI Avant

Presidio Bay Ventures

February 27, 2019


Planning Commission presentation on August 29, 2019 – more details when the agenda is posted.
Spring 2017 Mission Action Plan 2020 (MAP 2020) released
Summer/Fall 2017 Urban Displacement Project update
Fall/Winter 2017 Draft Existing City Programs and Policies Toolkit
Spring/Summer 2018 City Agency and Community Stakeholder Meeting
Summer/Fall 2018 Program and Policy Assessment
Fall 2018 Planning Commission Informational Presentation
Winter 2018/Spring 2019 Develop Preliminary Recommendations
Summer 2019 Draft Community Stabilization Strategy
Fall 2019 Final Community Stabilization Strategy
Fall 2019 Develop Policy and Legislation to Implement Recommendations

Planning Department

Andrea Nelson
Senior Community Development Specialist


We are also working with City agencies that manage and administer funding for community stabilization programs. These include: Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD), Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Department of Public Health, Rent Board, Department of Building Inspection, Human Rights Commission, Small Business Commission, HOPESF, Human Services Agency, Arts Commission, and Housing Authority.