San Francisco Announces Selection of Community-Focused Projects as Part of Tenderloin Community Action Plan

The selection of the projects follows a community voting process and are key next steps that build on the City’s ongoing commitment to the Tenderloin neighborhood’s wellness
February 02, 2023

San Francisco, CA - Mayor London N. Breed today announced the projects that will receive funding to improve living conditions in the Tenderloin as part of the Tenderloin Community Action Plan (TCAP). The selection of the projects followed a two-week voting period during which community members weighed in on top priorities to improve public safety and livelihood in the neighborhood through public space improvements and events, as well as services and programing for residents, including those experiencing homelessness.    

In June 2022, the Mayor funded $3.5 million to implement community investments under TCAP between June 2023 and June 2025. Between December 9 and December 23, 2022, nearly 1,400 residents and workers voted on 31 qualifying projects submitted by community members in various categories including public space activation, community wellness, shelter, food security, education, public safety and economic mobility.  

In December 2021, under Mayor Breed’s direction, the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) developed the Tenderloin Emergency Initiative (TEI), a three-phase, multi-agency plan to improve crisis conditions in the area and tackle the drug overdose crisis. The TEI is currently in its third phase, or sustained operations, which began in July 2022 when DEM transitioned management to the San Francisco Planning Department, which is overseeing the Tenderloin Community Action Plan.      

"We are working hard with community partners to keep the Tenderloin safe and vibrant, which is why we are committed to making long-term investments through the TL Community Action Plan,” said Mayor London Breed. “Improving public safety means more than just deploying additional police officers, which we are doing. It also means activating public spaces, supporting community-led celebrations and events, and having ambassadors to help get kids and families where they need to go. The Tenderloin neighborhood is home to more children than any other neighborhood in San Francisco, so working to keep this community safe must be a top priority for the City. People deserve to live and work in a community where they can thrive.”    

“We are excited for the projects that have been selected,” said Rich Hillis, San Francisco Planning Director. “The work is just beginning to make a meaningful impact in the Tenderloin to improve the quality of life for Tenderloin residents and community.”   

Projects selected as part of the participatory budgeting process to be funded will address the neighborhoods needs within three paths of investments:  

  • Enhancing quality of life and increasing safety as follows
  • Ambassadors for youth safety   
  • Public space improvements   
  • Community celebrations
  • Addressing basic life needs and challenges in the neighborhood
  • Improving access to neighborhood wellness through community-based services   
  • Economic mobility   

The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) will lead the Requests or Proposals (RFP) process to select the organizations that will partner with the City to make these projects a reality.  

Participatory Budgeting Awardees 

Ambassadors for Kids and Youth Safety  

  • Safe Passage*  
  • Park Stewardship* 

Public Space Improvements  

  • Golden Gate Greenway Phase 1: Parklets Project  
  • Elm Alley Kids Space
  • Larkin Street Canopy  
  • Tenderloin National Forest Stabilization  
  • Tenderloin Dog Park Design and Pilot

Community Celebrations  

  • Art in the Park  
  • Tenderloin Eid-Cultural Celebration  
  • Tenderloin People’s Holiday Tree and Lighting Ceremony  
  • Tenderloin SINULOG Festival and Flores De Mayo Festival  
  • Grace Notes Community Festival 2023* 
  • Black History and Culture of the Tenderloin*

Basic Life Needs  

  • Clean Team*  
  • Food security programming for residents of Permanent Supportive Housing*  
  • Tenderloin Family Housing Tutoring Program*  
  • Community Housing Education for TL Arabic-speaking residents*  

Community Wellness  

  • Services for the Tenderloin’s Southeast Asian community  
  • Tenderloin Teen Drop-In Center
  • Services for the Tenderloin Arab youth    
  • Night Wellness Navigators and Pilot  

Economic Mobility  

  • Small Business Support* (SF Shines, Dream Keeper Initiative, and/or Vandalism Grants)  

*Indicates projects that build on an existing program or project.  

Learn more about the Tenderloin Community Action Plan, the voting process, and full list of selected projects on the TCAP webpage.