The SFPUC created the Community Grant Program to support Southeast residents' access to living wage jobs in the urban agriculture, horticulture, and food-related green industries Through the program, a review panel of community members and SFPUC staff selected three grant recipients, Hunters Point Family (HPF), Old Skool Cafe, and San Francisco Conservation Corps (SFCC).
Over the next two years, these local, nonprofit organizations will use $700,000 in grant funding to prepare San Francisco's District 10 residents for permanent, living wage jobs in green sectors. They will have an option to extend their agreements by one year for a collective amount not to exceed $300,000-- totaling $1 million in grant funding for local workforce development.
Our Grantee Projects: Growing Green Opportunities for Southeast Residents Background
Through the Community Grant Program, grant recipients will provide Bayview residents with green sector training in areas like horticulture, urban agriculture, and food services. Once job training is complete, these organizations will also assist residents with job placement services. Community Grant recipient projects are:
- HPF's Bayview Green Careers (BGC) Program will provide women, formerly incarcerated and HOPE SF public housing residents with training and jobs in landscaping, horticulture, aquaponics, and hydroponics. BGC is a workforce development venture and partnership with HPF, Young Community Developers, Five Keys Charter School, Laborers Union Local 261, Our Foods and City Build.
- SFCC's Green Workforce Development Project is a partnership between SFCC, Literacy for Environmental Justice, Urban Sprouts and Jeni Weber and Associates (JW+A) Landscaping which will provide underserved young adults with hands-on training at greenhouses, nurseries, and gardens. Trainees will also participate in job-readiness training, placement in paid work opportunities and ongoing career support.
- Old Skool Cafe 101 (OSC 101) will place 50 underserved youth in paid apprenticeship positions to help them develop business skills and the foundation needed to secure living-wage jobs in the hospitality and food service industries. OSC 101 Graduates become employees at Old Skool where they work in the restaurant, garden and on catering activities.
Community Grant Background: Engaging with Southeast Residents
The SFPUC Created the Community Grant Program after an extensive community engagement process revealed that Bayview residents support a grant program to serve the local community until a permanent plan for the Southeast Greenhouses is developed. These outreach efforts, conducted in collaboration with 16 community organizations based in the Bayview, included:
- Knocking on 2,400 doors surrounding the facility;
- Surveying 1,200 residents including those in public housing;
- Attending 20 community events and hosting 13 focus groups;
- Generating more than 27,000 social media impressions; and
- Collecting over 1,000 in-depth surveys and 500 comments from local residents
- More than 60 percent of the residents recommended the creation of the grant program
We are honored to partner with HPF, Old Skool Cafe, and SFCC. These organizations will provide Bayview- Hunters Point residents with green sector workforce opportunities during the planning and construction phases for the permanent, new Greenhouses. Their partnership will also help us to fulfill our Agency's Environmental Justice Policy while supporting the health, wellness, and resiliency of the Bayview community.