Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

$9.5 Million in Two HUD Grants for New Senior and Disabled Housing in San Francisco

November 19, 1998

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today joined with U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown to announce two HUD grants totaling $9.5 million for new senior and disabled housing in San Francisco.

The first grant is $7.9 million for 85 new units of senior housing to be known as the Howard Street Senior Apartments. "This $7.9 million HUD grant provides affordable rental housing and enables our seniors to maintain their independence in a supportive environment that enhances their quality of life. I am pleased to be able to make this announcement because it enriches our neighborhoods to have our elderly citizens enjoy the fruits of their life's labor under the best possible circumstances," Pelosi said.

The Section 202 grant program is designed to support elderly housing and is one of the most competitive grant programs administered by HUD. The grant will go to the non-profit San Francisco-based Tenants and Owners Development Corporation for the construction of 55 efficiency and 30 one-bedroom apartments. The development is also unique in that it will include ground floor commercial space to generate revenue to fund supportive services for residents. "I commend the Tenants and Owners Development Corporation for seeing a need and then preparing an application that would be recognized by HUD as one of the best in the nation," Pelosi said.

The second grant is $1.6 million from the Section 811 program--Housing for Persons with Disabilities. The Progress Foundation of San Francisco will build 13 new units of affordable housing for people with chronic mental illness to be known as the La Playa Apartments at 770 La Playa Street. There will also be one apartment for a resident manager. "With this $1.6 million grant, the Progress Foundation does more than provide affordable housing. It creates hope for a better future for people who might otherwise not be able to live independently," Pelosi said.

Rep. Pelosi and HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo made the announcement in Washington, D.C. via satellite to Mayor Brown in San Francisco.

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