To date, BHHC has completed 18 developments with a total of 593 units, including 4 commercial units.


Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (BHNC) works to preserve and enhance the ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity of Bernal Heights and surrounding neighborhoods. It promotes community action to build a just and equitable community for all. BHNC focuses on the needs of people with low and moderate incomes. It works to accomplish its mission by: developing affordable housing throughout San Francisco; providing linguistically and culturally responsive services to the community’s most vulnerable adults, seniors, youth, and their families; and developing leaders; organizing and empowering their tenants, clients, members, and allies to advocate for their needs and for the needs of the community. BHNC’s Bernal Heights Housing Corporation (BHHC) serves this mission by working throughout the city to provide and preserve stable and affordable homes for adults with low incomes and their children, many of whom were previously homeless and/or have special needs due to mental health issues, HIV/AIDS diagnosis, and substance use.

BHHC is a National Award Winner

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and our non-profit housing affiliates have more than 20 years of experience developing and operating affordable housing. We are distinguished by our having been honored twice with the Fannie Mae Foundation’s prestigious Maxwell Award of Excellence. Our first Maxwell Award was in 1989 for Coleridge Park Homes, a tax credit senior housing development and the first non-profit air rights development in the country. Bernal Gateway Apartments won the Maxwell Award in 2002 for its unique integration of permanently affordable apartments for families with low to extremely low incomes, on-site supportive services for residents, employment training and a child development center available to the public coupled with its innovative design created through an involved process of community participation. In 2006, we were awarded first place in the MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing in the supportive housing category, also for Bernal Gateway.

Newest Collaborative Developments

BHNC has been committed for years to overcoming the geographic and economic isolation of Alemany and Holly Courts, two public housing sites in Bernal. Working closely with public housing residents and adjacent neighbors, we have homed in on common interests and goals and created effective relationships that bridge the divide. BHNC participated throughout 2013 in the citywide Re-envisioning the Housing Authority planning discussions. In 2014, BHNC, with BRIDGE Housing, was selected as developer for rehabilitation, recapitalization, and conversion of these two properties, with 118 and 157 family units, respectively. These developments were transitioned through the Rental Assistance Demonstration project of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to a disposition/public land trust model, continuing the current deep income targeting and affordability, but using tax credits and other sources of financing to ensure long-term financial stability for these properties as homes for some of San Francisco’s poorest residents. The Holly Courts development was completed in 2018. Alemany will be completed in Fall of 2019.

BHHC and partner Mercy Housing has developed 1100 Ocean Avenue Apartments, a 71-unit building of affordable family housing with designated supportive units for Transition Age Youth (18-24 years, usually due to aging out of the foster care system) at the Phelan Loop, located at the southern entrance to City College of San Francisco. Resident youth and families have access to appropriate supportive services on-site. The building provides 71 new apartments and four retail spaces along the Ocean Avenue commercial corridor and will feature sustainable green and sustainable materials and systems throughout. Funding sources include San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Mental Health Services Act funding, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Affordable Housing Program grant, the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Multifamily Housing Program, an Enterprise Green Communities grant, tax exempt bonds, and Low Income Housing Tax Credits, with Bank of America as our construction lender and tax credit investor.

Here are detailed descriptions of our projects both in development and completed, all of which are in San Francisco.




BHHC co-developer with Mercy Housing California

Total Number and Type of Units:
71 total apartments of affordable housing:
18 studio apartments
18 one-bedroom apartments
21 two-bedroom apartments
13 three-bedroom apartments
1 manager's apartment
5 story building with retail on ground floor
45 affordable family apartment homes including 25 transitional aged youth homes

Population: Low-income families and transitional-aged youth




BHHC co-developer with Mercy Housing California

Total Number and Type of Units:
20 apartments
14 studio apartments
4 one bedroom apartments
2 two bedroom apartments (includes manager’s unit)

Population: Supportive accessible housing for very low-income households that include an adult with a developmental disability.
Services: TOOLWORKS provide independent living services




BHHC co-developer with Mercy Housing California

Total Number and Type of Units:
2 units:
1 commercial unit
1 three bedroom apartment upstairs

Population: Nonprofit community-service agency with food pantry, employment and senior programing

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