Inclusion at the heart of San Francisco
The Kelsey Civic Center will be a vibrant urban community offering 112 homes for people of all abilities, incomes, and backgrounds. Located across from San Francisco City Hall, the construction is targeted for 2022.
As a global demonstration project with C40 Cities, the Reinventing Cities competition addresses the global impacts of climate change alongside one of our time’s defining local issues: the affordable housing crisis. Anchored in the inclusion, 25% of homes are reserved for people with disabilities in an accessibly designed building that supports multiple impact areas and access needs, supported by live-in Inclusion Concierges™. The community will serve as a beacon of sustainability and disability justice in the heart of a city with a rich history in both.
Twenty-five percent of the units will be dedicated to people with disabilities who use Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The universally designed and accessible building will provide programming for all residents and neighbors with the goal of fostering a mutually supportive environment rooted in the ethos of interdependence and informal support networks. Two full-time Inclusion Concierge will help residents navigate their neighborhood, engage with their city, connect to programs and activities, and build community among residents of all abilities.
The Kelsey and its partners were awarded the site through Reinventing Cities, an unprecedented global competition organized by the C40 to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. The Kelsey Civic Center will model that an all-electric, low-carbon building can be affordable to people of all incomes. To support biodiversity and urban agriculture, the project will offer a large garden within the building’s courtyard. Efficient units with shared community spaces will minimize resource waste, support low carbon design, and foster a resilient community.
The project will offer 100+ units of affordable housing. All units will be open to those who qualify at 20%, 40%, 60%, and 80% of area median income creating a truly mixed-income community.
Mercy Housing California is a California-based nonprofit housing development organization with the mission of creating and strengthening healthy communities. They have created and preserved affordable housing for Californians for over 35 years. Today Mercy owns and manages 151 communities with over 10,300 homes statewide for more than 19,600 people.