Pelosi Statement at Chinatown YMCA Groundbreaking

Dec 15, 2005
Press Release

Pelosi Statement at Chinatown YMCA Groundbreaking

December 15, 2005

Contact: Dan Bernal or Melanie Nutter (415) 556-4862

San Francisco -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today as Chinatown community members and supporters attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony for San Francisco's new Chinatown YMCA:

"It is with great pleasure that I extend my congratulations on the groundbreaking of Chinatown YMCA?s new facilities. This renovation has been 60 years in the making, and I am proud to see it finally come to fruition as you continue building for the future. This project is a priority in the Chinatown community, and I am proud to have secured federal funding to help revitalize the Chinatown YMCA and bring its services and scope to a new level.

"San Francisco?s Chinatown is one of the most densely populated areas in the country. Faced with cultural and language barriers, overcrowded and substandard housing, low incomes and gang activities, Chinatown residents have a great need for expanded services for children, youth, and families. The current Chinatown YMCA, which was built in 1926, must be revitalized and expanded to meet today?s needs.

"For more than 90 years, the Chinatown YMCA has provided invaluable youth programs, leadership training, educational support and recreational activities for our community, despite being housed in a building greatly in need of improvements and expansion for 60 of those years. This exciting new facility will further enhance YMCA?s status as a model for youth and family programming, and an inspiration to future leaders in our community.

"I would like to recognize just a few of the leaders who have generously supported the renovation of the Chinatown YMCA: James Wong, Sinclair and May Louie, and the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong. I would also like to acknowledge the people who grew up at the Chinatown YMCA who are now giving back to help their community fulfill its dream.

"I am also proud to have secured $25 million this year for the San Francisco Muni Central Subway project to extend the light rail line underground into Chinatown. Once completed, this new system will connect San Francisco's neighborhoods with the business and cultural centers of Downtown. The new Chinatown Central Subway will provide much needed relief for the transit-dependent Chinatown Community and others who travel this congested traffic corridor, and will ease the flow of commuters, workers, and visitors throughout the City.

"Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey; for your vision and determination to improve the well-being of our community. Let us honor the 94-year legacy of the Chinatown YMCA, and look toward the bright future that this new facility will bring. Best wishes for a memorable occasion and continued success throughout the entire renovation process."