Accelerating Transformative & Equitable Housing Solutions – Convening Recap

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more evident that many of our systems, especially those in housing, are broken. Despite years of public discussion about the affordable housing crisis, nothing brought the dire need to build a future where everyone has a stable and affordable place to live into starker relief than COVID-19. While increasing numbers of people lost income during the pandemic either due to illness or economic impacts, housing prices in the Bay Area continued to rise. The result has been devastating. We cannot wait any longer to bring new ideas into action to address the housing reality facing our region.

When we launched the Partnership for the Bay’s Future (PBF) three years ago, we were led by a deeply held belief that having a home is a matter of basic justice. And we knew that it takes innovation to build a future where everyone has a stable home and is free to pursue their dreams and build the lives they want to live. That’s why we manifested a new equitable approach to fighting the housing crisis – creating an organization that both had a Policy Fund to support the creation and implementation of equitable-centered policies to stem the tide of displacement; and a Family of Loan Funds to invest in preserving and producing affordable housing across the Bay Area. The idea was that it takes both to cause change and that each arm of the organization could inform and complement the other.

On March 3rd, we acknowledged three years of PBF by bringing together affordable housing practitioners, policy makers, and experts for a virtual convening on what has been working, what challenges we have faced, and how we can accelerate equitable housing solutions.  Anchored by a keynote address from Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramirez, we were joined by over 400 housing champions from across the region and state, all sharing a common passion of working to make sure everyone has a comfortable and affordable place to call home. It was clear that all present felt there was no time to waste. As Secretary Ramirez said, “The the moment requires us to be disruptors.”

Advancing Equitable Policies

Based in our belief that effective policy is the key to scaling and replicating what works, one of our founding ideas was for PBF’s Policy Fund to facilitate collaboration between local jurisdictions and trusted community organizations which would bring the voices of those often excluded from the policy process: renters, low-income residents, and people of color. The plan also included providing technical assistance and hiring housing fellows to serve as full-time government staff, adding capacity to advance housing policies and serve as a bridge to increase engagement between jurisdictions and their community partners. The idea was that by bringing together these three elements – community engagement, a government eager to pass equitable housing policies, and added capacity – it would inform more effective and equitable policies.

The Policy Fund’s pilot program launched at the outset of the pandemic in March 2020. This timing was a blessing in disguise as the Challenge Grants teams were positioned to provide critical support for jurisdictions as they mounted an initial response to COVID. The fellows we seated in jurisdictions strengthened those jurisdictions’ capacity to put emergency housing measures in place. The critical support that PBF provided to jurisdictions in their initial response to COVID with such policies as eviction moratoria and rental assistance protected 73,000 tenants from losing their homes.

Due to the increased capacity and community partnerships, many of the jurisdictions – most notably San Jose, Oakland and County of Alameda – implemented tenant protection policies such as eviction moratoria, expanding tenant protections, and bans on rental increases. Fellows in San Jose and Redwood City brought the expertise for developing anti-displacement policies, resulting in more inclusive proposals. And community partners like East Palo Alto Community Alliance and Neighborhood Development Organization were at the table to co-create policies to preserve mobile home parks with East Palo Alto City leaders in a more intentional way. We found that by involving trusted community partners at the beginning of the effort, the process was authentic, community involved, and equity centered. As a result of the Challenge Grants, 28 anti-displacement, tenant protection and housing preservation policies have been proposed by jurisdictions; and we expect 12 of those to pass in 2022, which are likely to impact 500,000 renters in the Bay Area.

This new model works. It has not only allowed jurisdictions to create more equitable policies but has provided them the structure to work together as a cohort to quickly learn, accelerating policy development and implementation efforts and to scale regionally. Equally important, we helped community organizations and members build lasting, trusting partnerships with government representatives and helped them understand how to effect policy change.

We are looking forward to applying our learnings to our next set of jurisdictions with our Breakthrough Grants, launching this June. Exciting policy ideas from the incoming fellows have already started pouring in, such as equity platforms, community-led equity committees, and a reparations framework. Oakland and San Francisco will be working on efforts to support emerging BIPOC developers, and we have jurisdictions planning to partner with faith-based organizations to convert underutilized land and to empower land trusts to acquire land.

As Senior Director of PBF (and VP of Policy and Innovation, San Francisco Foundation) Khanh Russo said, “Even with the challenges we have faced, we were not deterred. We are transforming systems and making sure that we build back better.”

Funding Preservation and Production

But policy work is only half the battle. The Partnership is proud to have produced or preserved over 3,000 units of affordable housing through our Family of Loan Funds. We also came up with a new way to evaluate this success. With $300M out the door and over 30 deals closed so far through the two funds that make up PBF’s $500M Family of Loan Funds— the Bay’s Future Fund and the Community Housing Fund — we knew it was time to assess our impact.

“Our ambition at Partnership for the Bay’s Future goes beyond number of units. Equity goals are our north star,” stated Cindy Wu, Executive Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in the Bay Area, which manages the funds. “We wanted to assess not only the number of units secured, but how we were making progress towards our racial equity and economic inclusion goals. We therefore decided to develop a robust framework to hold ourselves accountable to the mission of the Partnership.”

We started by identifying the specific impact goals of the Partnership and then built a crosswalk between those goals and data that our lending partners had already collected from borrowers or that could reasonably be collected. We used that information to create indicators, then vetted them with the Partnership stakeholders. The resulting Equity Dashboard is now leading the Community Development Finance field. Using this dashboard, we also found PBF’s Family of Loan funds to be making strong progress including:

  • Half of the units financed via the Community Housing Fund (CHF) will be affordable to households earning below 30% AMI, and 90% of the housing we have financed through the Bay’s Future Fund will be permanently affordable to households earning between 51-80% of Area Median Income (AMI).
  • 95% of the tenants living in the homes preserved through the Bay’s Future Fund (BFF) investments identify as people of color.
  • 63% of the new construction units financed are expected to house non-white households once they ready to be occupied.
  • 38% of the leadership of organizations borrowing from PBF identify as people of color, a notable statistic in the real estate development industry which is dominated by white-owned and managed firms.

By pairing innovative investment with game-changing policies, PBF is reinventing the systems and policies that have put Bay Area housing beyond the reach of too many individuals and families. We are very much looking forward to continuing on this path, in partnership with the many community partners from whom we have learned so much.

Secretary Ramirez summed it up nicely by saying, “The pandemic exposed deep rooted housing inequities, especially for our most vulnerable communities. The pandemic, however, has also been the great accelerator – giving us the opportunity to work together in new ways towards both short- and long-term solutions.”

Watch the full convening

San Francisco Community Land Trust Ensures 285 Turk St Remains Affordable

The San Francisco Community Land Trust (SFCLT) recently acquired 285 Turk Street, preserving 40 units of affordable housing in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. Before SFCLT’s purchase, the building was not under rent control, leaving tenants vulnerable to exploitation and displacement when the building went up for sale on the speculative market. The tenants, the majority of whom are POC and include many immigrant families, organized and asked SFCLT for help. With a $4.5MM loan from the Self Help Federal Credit Union and a $3MM loan from the Bay’s Future Fund one of the Partnership for the Bay’s Future’s (PBF) Family of Loan Funds SFCLT was able to secure the building in order to ensure that the building will remain affordable for decades to come. The longer-term goal is to support the tenants in forming a Limited Equity Housing Cooperative and then turn over to them control of operations and management of the property. The tenants will also be provided with a 99-year lease that will not only allow them total agency over their own housing, but ownership over real estate they can pass along to the next generation.

“This is exactly the kind of support PBF’s Family of Loan Funds was created to provide,” says Cindy Wu of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), which manages the funds. “Because banks – regulated depository institutions are limited as to the size of the loan they can make, there are certain deals that can’t move forward due to gaps in funding. PBF was happy to be able to take a second-lien position, help support these tenants, and make sure this preservation deal went through. This is a great example of what is possible.”

Read more about 285 Turk Street here and here.

PRESS RELEASE:
$5 Million in Grants to Support Affordable Housing Solutions

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2022
Contact: Jordan Shapiro, jshapiro@sff.org, 415.269.0172

Grants support innovative affordable housing solutions in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Partnership for the Bay’s Future (PBF) is pleased to announce $5 million in grants focused on advancing equitable housing policies. The Breakthrough Grants support eleven government entities in the Bay Area with over $500,000 each. The grants span June 2022 – May 2024 and will focus on developing and advancing policies that preserve and produce affordable housing.  

Each government entity will partner with one or more community organizations to ensure that the community voices who are often left out of the process are represented when developing local housing policies. A housing policy fellow is also embedded in each entity to provide expertise on community-driven policy and act as a catalyst to advance policy innovation.

Breakthrough Grant Awardees

  • City of Antioch in partnership with Multi-Faith Action and Hope Solutions
  • Bay Area Housing Finance Authority (BAHFA) in partnership with Urban Habitat, Bay Area Community Land Trust, and Unity Council
  • City of Berkeley in partnership with Healthy Black Families
  • Contra Costa Housing Authority in partnership with Richmond Our Power Coalition, Community Housing Development Corporation, and Richmond LAND
  • City of East Palo Alto in partnership with East Palo Alto Community Alliance and Neighborhood Development Organization, Youth United for Community Action, Community Legal Services, and Preserving Affordable Housing Assets Longterm, Inc.
  • City of Mountain View in partnership with Silicon Valley at Home and Housing Trust Silicon Valley
  • City of Oakland in partnership with Richmond Neighborhood Housing Services
  • City of Richmond in partnership with Richmond LAND
  • City of San Francisco in partnership with Urban Land Institute
  • City of San Jose in partnership SOMOS Mayfair
  • City of South San Francisco in partnership with Housing Leadership Council

“It gives us great hope to invest in inspiring and innovative housing solutions coming from our local leaders,” said Aysha Pamukcu, Policy Fund Initiative Officer for the Partnership for the Bay’s Future. “When we started Partnership for the Bay’s Future in 2019, it was with the belief that everyone deserves a comfortable and affordable place to live, and it’s so encouraging to see that those with the power to make change share that belief.” 

The Breakthrough Grantees’ policy proposals will address the disproportionate impact the lack of affordable homes has on households of color – 60% of Black households and 55% of Latino households face rent burdens (housing costs exceed 30% of income) in the Bay Area – through focusing on racial equity and economic inclusion. Proposals included equity platforms, community-led equity committees and a reparations framework. Several jurisdictions introduced home ownership opportunities through community land trusts, co-ops and Community or Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Acts (COPA/TOPA). Other visionary plans included supporting emerging BIPOC developers, leveraging unused faith-based organization land and enabling land trusts to acquire land. Find the full list of policy proposals here. 

Building on Success of Challenge Grants 

Launched in March 2020, PBF’s first program, the Challenge Grants, was the first of its kind in the Bay Area. These grantees and partners have proven that the policy process is more effective and inclusive through collaboration. One example is the City of Berkeley, which spent 18 months developing the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act, an anti-displacement policy that gives tenants options to buy the property they rent when it goes up for sale. Because they were also a part of the Partnership for the Bay’s Future, the Cities of San Jose, East Palo Alto and Oakland were all able to learn from Berkeley and design similar policies in four months or less and will be voting on these in the next few months. 

“When we were awarded a Challenge Grant, the fellow we received truly bolstered our capacity to address some of the root causes of the affordability crisis in Berkeley,” said Mayor Jesse Arreguín. “She provides critical support to our policy priorities and partnership with community organizations.” 

The Breakthrough Grants is administered by the San Francisco Foundation, which also co-manages PBF along with Local Initiatives Support Corporation Bay Area (LISC). PBF is also partnering with Coro Northern California, which serves as the employer of record for the Breakthrough Grants Fellows, and Enterprise Community Partners, which serves as the housing content expert, technical assistance provider and network supporter.  

Applications for the Breakthrough Grants Fellowship are now being accepted. Equity-minded, affordable housing policy experts are encouraged to apply for this two-year, full-time, salaried position. Coro Northern California is leading the search and accepting applications here. 

Keeping Low Wage Communities in Gentrifying Neighborhoods

Affordable housing developers are always looking for inventive, new ways to make more homes for extremely low to moderate income individuals and families available. Succeeding relies not only on getting creative when searching for the right housing stock, but also on finding a willing funding partner to push the limits of traditional financing to get the deal done. Fortunately for Oakland, such a developer and funder team recently partnered to accomplish a fairly unusual deal – the simultaneous purchase of three local buildings that became permanent affordable apartments in January 2020. And they are all located in desirable neighborhoods surrounding Lake Merritt. 

The East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) is a local neighborhood Community Development Corporation (CDC) that is passionate about creating healthy, vibrant, and safe neighborhoods for diverse populations in the Bay Area. In their mission to create strong communities, EBALDC is always searching for ways to protect rental homes. 

“We typically focus on buildings with at least 20 units, so this was a bit different for us,” says Andy Madeira, Chief Executive Officer at EBALDC. “Two of the buildings were also in neighborhoods we’d never worked in before, but together, these buildings presented a real opportunity for us to make a dent in the affordable housing market. We had to try.” 

Purchasing multiple small buildings, however, translates into higher per unit acquisition and operating costs. And purchasing buildings in more affluent or gentrifying neighborhoods meant greater competition for the purchases. This deal was going to be challenging but creating affordable housing units in more affluent neighborhoods also presented a different kind of opportunity.  

“We are committed to helping everyone find safe, affordable housing as well as ample opportunities to live a fulfilling life,” says Madeira. “It’s exciting to provide affordable housing in communities where our tenants will have access to great amenities like well-funded schools, health care providers, employers, parks, and dining and shopping corridors.”  

To make all this happen, EBALDC had to act fast. They turned to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), who manages funds for the Bay’s Future Fund (BFF), the investment arm of the Partnership for the Bay’s Future. LISC agreed that the BFF would put close to $1.2 million into the project. 

“Supporting EBALDC in this project was really important to us,” says Cindy Wu, Executive Director of LISC in the Bay Area. “EBALDC is much more than just an affordable housing developer, they are a strong neighborhood-based CDC and community anchor that cares and invests in low wage communities. We know they will be great stewards of this project and that through this, they will help demonstrate the viability of creative, community-based solutions.”  

EBALDC needed over $13 million to support the purchase. Getting nearly $1.2 million from the BFF at only 1% brought down the average total cost of the capital substantially, allowing EBALDC to cap rents at the affordable rates while still paying down their debt. In addition, because of the secured funding and partnership, EBALDC was able to proceed with critical and immediate repairs such as broken windows and remediation of extensive mold.

“Another great benefit of working with the Bay’s Future Fund was the efficiency with which we were able to make the deal,” says Madiera. “While other sources of capital involve a time consuming, multi-step bridge loan process, working with the BFF allowed us to move with the speed of the market in one transaction and provide a competitive offer.” 

In January of 2020, EBALDC purchased the properties. 

646 Foothill Boulevard is a three-story building in the rapidly gentrifying East Lake neighborhood. Sitting on a large lot, the property boasts 3 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom units, along with great outdoor space in a community of single-family homes. 

3465 Richmond Boulevardin the Adams Point Neighborhood, is surrounded by redwoods and consists of 12 two-bedroom units and a two-bedroom penthouse. 

The third property, at 430 Vernon Street, also in Adams Point, contains 12 two-bedroom units and includes tenant access to laundry, parking, and a beautiful, grassy garden adjacent to the property. 

Together, the buildings contain 40 homes, which EBALDC plans to restrict to tenants earning 60% of the Area Median Income or less. “Many of those living in the housing we support live paycheck to paycheck. If anything goes wrong, they can’t make their rent. COVID is the perfect case in point,” says Madiera. “During the pandemic, EBALDC has been working to connect our residents with not only rental assistance, but food, healthcare, and other necessities. We believe our job is to make sure that people stay housed even when things go wrong in their lives.”

Wu is excited by the even broader impact this deal stands to make. “While each project we fund is exciting, we also believe that through the example we are setting with the Partnership for the Bay’s Future’s investments, we model what is possible in affordable housing,” she says. “Encouraging other funders to replicate this work is the one crucial way to make the outsized impact necessary to tackle the affordable housing issue in the Bay Area.”

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A Recipe to Create Affordable Housing

Nonprofit developer MidPen Housing has been building affordable housing in the Bay Area for more than 50 years, but as the region’s housing crisis has reached new depths, the organization took a bold step to strengthen their mission to assist low-income residents. In 2020, MidPen adopted a new strategic plan that aims to set aside at least 40% of the new homes in their development pipeline for either permanent supportive housing or households earning extremely low incomes (ELI, below 30% of area median income). 

“Every year HUD increases the area median income (AMI) not because actual income is increasing, but to match drastically rising rents and, for the past few years, the AMI has been increasing by about 10% annually in Santa Clara County,” says MidPen Vice President of Business Development Felix AuYeung. “This means that low-income housing is not serving the population that it used to. We want to ensure we can continue to serve fixed-income families, people with disabilities, and households with other limitations.” 

AuYeung adds, “Homelessness in the state of California is severe. As affordable housing providers, there is no line behind us. There are very few other options for creating permanent housing support for these members of our community. We feel we have to take on more responsibility.” 

MidPen is putting its new plan into action with its latest development, which will serve formerly homeless residents and households earning extremely low incomes in the leafy suburb of Sunnyvale. And it’s very much needed. 

“We have to remember that there are unhoused individuals in every Bay Area community, so we can’t just have projects in the three big urban centers,” says Ray Bramson, COO of Destination: Home, an integral project partner. “Sunnyvale is an exciting place to build—bucolic and suburban and yet near the Caltrain and replete with amenities. It’s a place where you can spend the rest of your life and have access to all the little joys that make it a home.” 

But location is only one of the things that makes this project so refreshing. The most inspiring thing about 1171 Sonora Court–a seven-to-eight story building which will add at least 160 more homes to the community when it is completed in 2030–is how it came together. 

In January 2020, after the city of Sunnyvale supported MidPen’s purchase of a neighboring site on Sonora Court that will result in 176 affordable homes, MidPen was looking to develop another project of similar scale in the area, which has been gradually becoming  more residential. The owner of a manufacturing site kitty corner from the 2020 purchase placed their property, 1171 Sonora Court, on the market. MidPen promptly purchased the property and is now in the process of moving the project forward. 

“It was an extraordinary deal because it meant purchasing a piece of land that wouldn’t be developed for several years – something we could only do because of our strong relationship with the city, which encouraged us to apply for future City funding from anticipated impact fees,” says AuYeung. “At that point, all we needed was to find someone who would lend us the money for the acquisition, which meant finding someone willing to take this leap with us.” 

MidPen reached out to the Community Housing Fund (CHF) for support. CHF, a loan fund launched under the Partnership for the Bay’s Future in December 2020 with $150M seed funding from Facebook and additional funding from Destination: Home and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), is dedicated to producing housing for renters earning extremely low incomes. LISC manages the fund and serves as a lender, along with Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) and Capital Impact Partners. 

It was exactly the type of project the founders of the Community Housing Fund had in mind when developing this resource and lenders at CSH started underwriting it immediately. 

“CSH works to provide early, higher-risk capital to developers who provide housing for individuals and families who experience homelessness,” says Brigitt Jandreau, Chief Lending Officer for CSH. “We were thrilled to make this loan because the project is not only committed to racial equity and serving those with extremely low incomes, but the large number of units in the development means we can help provide much-needed housing and supportive services to help a significant population in this community really build strong futures and thrive.”  

Because of this partnership, every unit at 1171 Sonora Court will be affordable, with at least 20% of the homes designated as permanent supportive housing , another 20% of homes for those earning up to 30% AMI, and the remaining homes reserved for those making between 30% AMI and 70% AMI. The building will accommodate both individuals and families with a diverse unit mix from studios to three-bedroom apartments and will include several shared spaces such as a community room, resident lounge, community kitchen, learning center, laundry rooms, playground, central courtyard, case management rooms, and structured parking.

Residents will also be able to take advantage of a large array of services, including an academic program run by MidPen Resident Services that supports kids after school and in the summer, and a leadership program for youth. Adult programs include financial and vocational management. Onsite staff will also construct service plans for each resident experiencing chronic homelessness; then provide them with services covering issues ranging from housing retention to ongoing behavior modification, to integration activities in order to facilitate the resident getting involved in community engagement, community building, and educational workshops.

Cindy Wu, Executive Director of LISC Bay Area is thrilled to see 1171 Sonora Court be one of the earlier projects to close out of the CHF. “This project is confirming the hypothesis we had when we started—that we would be able to find development partners that would create deeply affordable properties with creativity if we had a fund that would allow them to act with flexibility and speed,” says Wu. “All the players were able to act fast enough to allow MidPen to acquire the land and move the project forward while securing this extraordinary ELI commitment up front. It will be a tremendous addition to the Santa Clara community.” 

Help Make Housing Solution Breakthroughs for the Bay Area 

As we start to emerge from the pandemic, low-income renters are facing perilous financial circumstances. At the same time, California is experiencing a housing shortage and affordability emergency, leading to more and more people facing housing insecurity. Today we have an important opportunity to reimagine our housing system to support economic inclusion and shared prosperity. Housing can and should be a building block for a better world post-COVID. 

According to a study from the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley, 62% of affordable housing tenants who missed a rent payment in April 2020 had not caught up by December 2020. California recently extended the state’s eviction moratorium until September in order to stem the displacement of low-income residents, but this is a stopgap measure that doesn’t address the root of the problem.  

The consequences of rental arrears are exacerbated by the state’s insufficient supply of housing. The state has been unable to keep up with population growth since the 1980’s, and California will need to build 180,000 homes per year through 2025 to meet demand according to a recent survey by the state Department of Housing and Community Development. Currently, 80,000 homes are built each year. When housing supply does not meet demand, prices increase, and communities suffer. 

Solutions must be equity-centered 

A recent report revealed that for every 100 households in California that earn an extremely low income, only 24 affordable rental units are available. Concurrently, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx households are far more likely to be paid poverty-level wages than white households, which has profoundly contributed to the fact that more than two-thirds of Californians with unaffordable housing costs are Black, Indigenous or People of Color. 

There simply isn’t nearly enough affordable housing in California. According to the California Housing Partnership, 1.97 million of the 5.89 million renter households in California come from the two lowest income groups – extremely low-income (ELI) and very low-income (VLI). Meanwhile, only 668,000 rental homes are affordable and available to households at these income levels, resulting in a shortfall of 1.30 million affordable rental homes.

And once the pandemic started taking its toll on the economy, Black and Latinx renters were far more likely to fall behind on rent than their white counterparts. Black households have been hardest hit by the pandemic: more than 1 in 3 Black households missed a rent payment between April and December of 2020.   

Guided by racial equity, we must work together to pass tenant protection and affordable housing policies, as well as aggressively invest in the preservation and production of affordable housing, to prevent a rise in evictions, homelessness, and housing insecurity. 

Advancing people-powered housing policy 

At the Partnership for the Bay’s Future, we developed the Policy Fund to move tangible solutions to protect tenants and to produce and preserve affordable housing through the process of government at the local level. The world around us is changing rapidly, presenting us with the most complex set of issues facing our region in more than a generation. This is a moment when we can advance equitable policies and solutions that are truly transformative for our communities – for today, and for the next generation of Bay Area residents. 

The Policy Fund model strengthens local teams to pursue ambitious policy goals, while bridging people across the region and building momentum and synergy. We help connect local changemakers so that their efforts can be amplified across the region.  

The Challenge Grants is the Policy Fund’s inaugural program, supporting tenant protections and affordable housing preservation. During a year of unprecedented challenges, the cohort has made remarkable progress in equitable and community-driven housing policy. With $3.5 million in grant funding, collaboration with over 50 community organizations, and seven dynamic fellows dedicated to this work in local government offices, Challenge Grant teams have drafted and proposed model policies, engaged thousands of local residents, and shown the power of collaboration across sectors and regions.  

Launch of the Breakthrough Grants program 

Building on the success of the Challenge Grants, the Policy Fund is launching the Breakthrough Grants for Housing Production and Preservation (“Breakthrough Grants”). This program will catalyze policy innovation in building and preserving affordable housing in local communities. In a time of tough COVID-related budget and staffing constraints, the Breakthrough Grants provide increased capacity and tailored technical assistance that will support local breakthroughs in equitable housing solutions. 

The program is open to government entities in the Bay Area who apply in partnership with a community organization. The Policy Fund will select a cohort that proposes the most high-impact, yet realistically achievable plans to be a part of the Breakthrough Grants. Each Breakthrough Grant team will receive a support package valued at $500,000, including a Breakthrough Grant fellow who will work for the government partner, two years of grant funding for the community partner, and tailored cohort supports.  

Applications are due July 30, 2021 and awards will be announced in the Fall. Be a part of the solution for a more equitable Bay Area and apply today at baysfuture.org/breakthrough-grants