Goldfarb & Lipman received three 2017 Awards of Merit from NAHRO for their work in housing and community development:
- The San Francisco HUD-VASH Program. The San Francisco HUD-VASH program resulted in housing over 700 chronically homeless veterans in San Francisco over the last two years (2015-2016). The ongoing program is projected to continue increasing housing opportunities for veterans in the coming years. The unique program is a collaboration between the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA), the City & County of San Francisco, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, and numerous non-profit organizations. The SFHA, along with its partners, are on track to house an additional 330 veterans through this program this year.
- SFHA Public Housing Conversion to RAD. The San Francisco Housing Authority, Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development, HUD, and community-based affordable housing teams, successfully completed conversion of 3,491 public housing units in 29 properties to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. Half of the properties closed in November 2015; the other half closed in October 2016. Extensive rehabilitation is either completed or well underway. All 29 properties are being rehabilitated to address critical safety issues such as seismic deficiencies, pervasive mold and mildew, dry rot, elevator breakdowns, water intrusion, fire alarm and sprinkler systems, and modifications for reasonable accommodations.
- The New Dr. Davis Center. The project features 121, one- and two-bedroom units that serve as a hub of community services for seniors and persons with disabilities. It is the first phase of a $30.5M HUD Choice Neighborhood Initiatives Grant awarded to the San Francisco Housing Authority & McCormack Baron Salazar, for revitalization of the aged Alice Griffith public housing development built in 1962. The project addressed the need for affordable housing for seniors ages 62 and older. 67 units are occupied by low-income seniors whose income is no more than 30% of the area median and 23 units are occupied by former, chronically homeless seniors.
- San Francisco’s Sunnydale Wellness Center. Completed in 2016, the Sunnydale Wellness Center is a full-scale health and wellness center that provides key health services to the families residing in the Sunnydale Housing Development. With 775 units situated on 49 acres, Sunnydale is the largest public housing development in San Francisco. It is approved for HOPE SF redevelopment, which is a San Francisco funded program to rebuild distressed public housing into mixed income communities with one-for-one replacement of the public housing. The San Francisco Department of Public Health staffs and oversees the operations and provided the authority with the funds to build the facility.