A People Powered Community Vision for the Balboa Park Upper Yard, Excelsior District

When members of PODER, the Filipino Community Center, and Coleman Advocates took to the streets to engage in community based planning, we looked around us, and although we knew our neighborhood was still considered one of the most affordable in San Francisco, we sensed it was becoming increasingly unaffordable to our own families and to future generations.  Skyrocketing rents, mass evictions, tripling up of households, and foreclosures are pushing more and more families out of our City.

Every neighborhood has a soul, and the Excelsior is not sitting by and waiting for the City to plan our neighborhood.  Throughout our community there are hundreds of young people, granmas, everyday working people, and other grassroots community planners developing a neighborhood vision that has taken root in our neighborhood.

PODER, the Filipino Community Center, and Coleman Advocates are excited to release our Home is Where the Heart Is:  A People Powered Community Vision for the Balboa Station Upper Yard.  This new report documents the community vision that has emerged from hundreds of residents in the Excelsior that have come together to transform the Upper Yard into a community asset rich with affordable housing, public spaces, neighborhood storefronts, and community programs.

"We don't have the luxury to sit by as families as pushed out of our city, or forced to live in unjust conditions when all this time there is publicly owned land just sitting idly in the heart of our own neighborhood," said Jackie Cruz, member of PODER.