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Inspired by its late co-founder Kelsey Flynn O’Connor’s experience as a disabled advocate for access and community, The Kelsey is pioneering disability-forward housing solutions that open doors to homes and opportunities for everyone.

An illustration of people, some standing, some in wheelchairs, holding up building blocks

It’s hard to give value to people with disabilities if you don’t have proximity and see them as real people who have the same kinds of lived experiences that you do.  So, the more separation that we have, the less we’re really getting to the problem.

Abby Yim, Integrated Community Services

The Kelsey is a San Francisco–based nonprofit that co-develops accessible, affordable, inclusive multifamily housing for people with and without disabilities. Available to those making 20% to 80% of area median income, The Kelsey housing allows disabled people and others with a wide range of needs and life experiences to live side by side in equally high-quality homes.

With 227 units under development in San Jose, Calif., and San Francisco—some of the nation’s most challenging housing markets—The Kelsey proves this model is buildable anywhere. The Kelsey is currently piloting its program with 13 existing units in Oakland, Calif.

In addition to developing housing and providing on-site Inclusion Concierge™ services, which promote connection among residents, The Kelsey advocates for policy changes that enable inclusive housing and provides tools and templates for others who want to build housing using The Kelsey’s model.

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CNBC - Personal Finance

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July 2023

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The New York Times

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San Francisco Examiner

Affordable housing project breaks ground steps away from City Hall

June 2023

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Shelterforce

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The Hill

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Urban Institute

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October 2022

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Forbes

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Center for American Progress

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April 2021

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San Francisco Chronicle

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Google

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FOX KTVU

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Media Bios

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Micaela Connery

Co-founder and CEO
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Caroline Bas

COO
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Allie Cannington

Senior Manager of Advocacy and Organizing
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Fatimah Aure

Director of Field and Capacity Building
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