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Photo: Felix Uribe, Courtesy of Tenderloin Community Benefit District

Tenderloin Community Action Plan

The Tenderloin Community Action Plan is including Phase III, Sustained Operations, of the Tenderloin Emergency Initiative (TEI) starting July 1, 2022. The Planning Department will now be leading long-term elements of the TEI. Visit the Supporting Info tab to learn more about the Tenderloin Emergency Initiative.

Governing Process

A participatory governance process is being developed to preserve community input during the implementation of the Tenderloin Community Action Plan. A registration link for Tenderloin residents to join this governance process will be shared soon

The Tenderloin Community Action Plan

The Tenderloin Community Action Plan is a neighborhood-driven collaboration between residents, community organizations, businesses, and City agencies. The Plan will identify current needs for the neighborhood’s diverse culture and population, and develop a collective vision for Tenderloin’s future. It will also develop an action plan for the following priorities identified by the community: housing and homelessness, open space, health and wellness, transit and mobility, economic development, arts and culture, and environmental justice.

The Tenderloin Community Action Plan aims to meet the needs of the neighborhood’s diverse and vulnerable population including the Black, American Indian, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern/Arab and other communities of color; low-income; people living with disabilities; seniors; families and youth; LGBTQ+; and, unsheltered residents.

Map of the Tenderloin Community Action Plan Boundaries

Neighborhood map

Note that the map does not include Civic Center and UN Plaza since these spaces are included in the Civic Center Public Realm Plan and the Civic Center Initiative, among other efforts. 

Neighborhood Map

Map of area

The following outlines the project’s schedule:

ORGANIZE 

Fall 2020

  • Identify stakeholders 
  • Develop schedule and key dates 
DEVELOP VISION 

Summer 2020 - Winter 2021

  • Engage with community members 
  • Collect background information/research 
  • Identify Key Issues and Priorities 
  • Develop guiding principals 
EXPLORE AND PRIORITIZE STRATEGIES

Winter 2021-Summer 2022

  • Develop and evaluate strategies and actions with community and City agency partners  
  • Conduct approximately 60 listening sessions/stakeholder meetings
  • Implement Community Survey
  • Prioritize strategies and actions 
  • Revise and refine draft action plan 
  • Form and gather Community Stakeholder Group and Working Groups 
FINALIZE ACTION PLAN

Fall 2022 -Winter 2022

  • Finalize Phase 1 Action Plan (near term implementation actions) 
  • Continue regular Community Stakeholder Group and Working Group meetings 
  • Draft Phase 2 (mid-term) and Phase 3 (long-term) Action Plans 
IMPLEMENT 

Winter 2022 - Summer 2025

  • Collaborate with community and partners to implement strategies and action plans 
  • Monitor progress and maintain implementation outcomes database 
  • Continue regular Community Stakeholder Group and Working Group meetings 
What is the Tenderloin Community Action Plan?

The Tenderloin Community Action Plan (TCAP) is a neighborhood-driven collaboration between residents, community organizations, businesses, and City agencies. The Plan identifies current needs for the neighborhood’s diverse culture and population and provides a collective vision for Tenderloin’s future. It will serve as the third phase of Mayor Breed’s Tenderloin Emergency Initiative.

Based on the Tenderloin Vision 2020 plan and a year of outreach and engagement, as well as the Emergency Initiative, the action plan will implement projects and programs in the following priorities identified by the community: health and wellness, housing and houselessness, open space, transit and mobility, economic development, arts and culture, and environmental justice.

What are we trying to do?

The TCAP seeks to address the immediate public health and safety crisis in the Tenderloin while implementing medium- and long-term actions to ensure residents and businesses are safer, more secure, and have more opportunities to thrive.

Who is this affecting?

The TCAP aims to meet the needs of the neighborhood’s residents, community-based organizations, and businesses.

Why is Planning involved?

The Department of Emergency Management originally led the Mayor’s Tenderloin Emergency Initiative and was responsible for the crisis phase of the project. As the Initiative moves to a phase of sustained operations, the City will continue coordinating as they have since the beginning. Joint Field Operations will continue to facilitate a daily assessment of the neighborhood, coordinate needs and actions for the day, and communicate the status of those commitments. Now that we are moving out of the initial emergency phase and into sustaining operations, a different City agency must take the lead as of July 1, 2022. The Department of Emergency Management will continue working at the operational and street coordination level.

Planning has a long history of working with community and City agencies in the neighborhood and surrounding area and has long standing relationships with community leaders and stakeholders. The Department has a wealth of experience in convening City agencies to achieve common goals and meet the needs of communities, including the Mission Action Plan 2020, Sustainable Chinatown, and Outer Mission/Excelsior Action Plan. These Plans were managed by the Planning Department, developed in partnership with community, and implemented with City agencies, community-based organizations, residents, and businesses.

Planning has already spent over two years working with the community, and we are familiar with the needs of the neighborhood. This is an opportunity for Planning to ensure implementation of the Tenderloin Community Action Plan with dedicated resources.

What happens on July 1, 2022?

The Planning Department will begin serving as the lead agency. The Department’s Tenderloin Action Plan team will serve as the coordinator of the sustained operations; the City agency convener to discuss, refine, and implement projects and programs; facilitate and ensure an equitable community governing process; and gather and report data to share progress to meet outcomes. We will continue to share data publicly on the dashboard, and as we finalize the near-, medium-, and long-term actions in the Plan over the next six months, we will identify the metrics and corresponding data for each goal.

Planning is in the process of hiring three additional staff members with expertise in operations, data analysis and reporting, and Tenderloin-specific community development experience. With these three new team members, in addition to existing Planning staff, the Department will be equipped to address the immediate public health and safety challenges facing the Tenderloin, as well as implementation of middle- and long-term solutions.

Ongoing operations, including street conditions response, will continue to be led by City operating departments including Department of Public Health, Homelessness and Supportive Housing, Public Works, Department of Emergency Management, SF Police Department, and the SF Fire Department.

Planning will continue soliciting community sentiment and feedback through the Community Stakeholder and Working Groups, Listening Sessions, and Stakeholder meetings.

The Tenderloin is a unique neighborhood with a range of perspectives, with the highest density of children in the city, and high concentrations of communities of color, seniors, people living with disabilities, artists, and community-based organizations and merchants. The neighborhood has long been a refuge for immigrants and the LGBTQ+ communities.

The Tenderloin has a long-standing history of activism and resiliency. The Uptown Historic District, the nation’s first Transgender District, North of Market Special Use District, and the Hotel Conversion Ordinance are a few examples of community-based efforts that preserve and protect affordable housing and tenants and celebrate the neighborhood’s diversity. Today, several community organizations and residents are continuing this tradition. Highlighting one of these achievements, the Tenderloin People’s Congress engaged over 1,200 community members in a conversation envisioning the neighborhood’s future in 2017, which resulted in the Vision 2020 Plan and sparked advocacy for the creation of the Tenderloin Community Action Plan.

On December 17, 2021, Mayor Breed declared an official 90-day State of Emergency in the Tenderloin, allowing the City to waive certain laws to more quickly respond to the conditions relating to the health and safety of the people in the neighborhood. As the operational lead, the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) drafted the Tenderloin Emergency Initiative (TEI). The TEI is a three-phase plan that outlines an initial assessment of conditions, crisis operations and plans for sustained operations in the Tenderloin to help stabilize conditions on the street.

The City recognizes that Tenderloin Community Action Plan is in alignment with community values and vision for the neighborhood. As crisis operations in Phase II (December 17, 2021 – March 17, 2022) of the Tenderloin Emergency Initiative transitions to Sustained Operations in Phase III, management and operations transition from DEM to the Planning Department (CPC). The Tenderloin Community Action Plan, as of July 1st, 2022 includes Phase III, Sustained Operations, of the Tenderloin Emergency Initiative.

Partners

We are collaborating with community-based organizations in the Tenderloin and City agencies that manage and administer work in the neighborhood.

Community-based Organizations
  • Tenderloin People’s Congress
  • Tenderloin Community Benefit District
  • Central City SRO Collaborative
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Code Tenderloin
  • Urban Alchemy
  • The Healing Well
  • Faithful Fools
  • Glide
  • La Voz
  • Familias de la Tenderloin
  • La Cocina
  • Downtown Streets Team
  • Tenderloin Housing Clinic
  • St. Anthony’s
  • HomeRise
  • Block Safety Groups
  • Southeast Asian Community Center
  • Southeast Asian Development Center
  • Chinatown Community Development Corporation
  • San Francisco Community Health
  • Tenderloin Merchants Association
  • Transgender Cultural District
  • Mid-Market Business Association
  • Civic Center Business District
  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • WalkSF
  • Bicycle Coalition
  • Hospitality House
City Agencies and Offices
  • Mayor’s Office
  • District 5 Supervisor’s Office
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Public Works
  • Department of Emergency Management
  • San Francisco Arts Commission
  • San Francisco Human Rights Commission
  • Department of Children, Youth & Their Families
  • District Attorney’s Office
  • Department of Building Inspections
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • Office of Economic and Workforce Development
  • Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing
  • Healthy Streets Operations Center
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
  • Recreation and Parks Department
  • Fire Department
  • Police Department
  • Planning Department

Listening Sessions

The Planning Department is hosting Listening Sessions to integrate concerns and solutions from Tenderloin communities into Sustained Operations planning and implementation. If interested in a listening session with the team, visit the Contact tab and email one of the Tenderloin Community Action Plan staff.

We Need Your Input!

Community planning has the best outcomes when people with a broad range of perspectives and experiences contribute to the conversation.

We want to hear from you!