Apartment Investment and Management Company’s (AIMCO) is the largest affordable and conventional housing developer in the country. AIMCO is active in areas of redevelopment, acquisitions and ownership of apartment communities. They have apartment communities in approximately 46 states including Puerto Rico and own and operate over 1,162 communities consisting of 202,337 units serving approximate 750,000 residents yearly.
FRH served in a consulting role with AIMCO Properties during a 2-year project and involving the renovation of 670 affordable housing units located in Hunters Point area of San Francisco. We mediated complex issues, concerns and needs successfully on behalf of the AIMCO’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee, residents and the client; hosted meetings to assess the needs of residents regarding relocation, housing design and construction.
We assisted AIMCO’s construction team in negotiating with local unions surrounding resident hiring and resolving construction issues including walk-outs, shut-downs, etc. This included working with the construction team and unions to make sure local hiring requirements were implemented. We were part of a consulting team that resolved residents’ and workers’ complaints regarding construction and relocation issues.
In addition, FRH provided Outreach, Orientation, Barrier Removal and Job Readiness & Life Skills Training and Job Retention Support to select AIMCO residents. Inspired by the training course, the students collaborated after the course’s end to start an organization designed to provide a safe haven for wayward girls living in the AIMCO residences.
CHASE REO CORE COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION PROGRAM
The Chase Community Revitalization Program (CCRP) helps turn Chase real estate owned (REO) properties into owner-occupied homes. Partnering with local non-profit organizations, municipalities, and the National Community Stabilization Trust, Chase donates or sells at a discount homes nationwide to non-profit organizations for community reinvestment.
Through the Chase Community Revitalization Program, Family Restoration House (in partnership with Northern California Developers), purchased, rehabbed and resold 10 homes in blighted neighborhoods to lower-income families who had limited homeownership opportunities.
ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL OF SAN FRANCISCO
The Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco (EOC) is a private, nonprofit corporation located in San Francisco’s Western Addition that was established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, and was designated by the Board of Supervisors to operate the Community Services Program.
The mission of the EOC is to address the problem of poverty in San Francisco. This effort involves planning and operating programs that encourage a better focusing of resources toward eliminating the causes and conditions of poverty, and that promote self-sufficiency among the poor, making them independent of government assistance.
FRH was contracted to provide Outreach, Orientation, Barrier Removal and Job Readiness & Life Skills Training to 20 underserved young adults – We recruited, trained 27 young adults, 64% received paying internships, 19% received employment and 12% began a college degree program.
Lennar Corporation is among the country’s leading builders and builds affordable, move-up and retirement homes in urban and suburban communities in over 16 states.
In addition, FRH worked directly with the Project Area Committee (PAC) and the Redevelopment Agency in the initial stages of the Hunters Point Shipyard project. We were responsible for conducting workshops, outreach, and giving general presentation, and distributing conceptual project plans to over thirty thousand residents in Bayview Hunters Point Southeast Sector of San Francisco.
FRH has received funding through the Lennar Urban District 10 Community Benefits agreement to provide Outreach, Orientation, Barrier Removal and Job Readiness & Life Skills Training and Job Retention Support to District 10 residents. We intervened with 13 employees who were candidates for immediate termination, and through one-on-one consultation we were able to help 80% of those individuals retain employment. In addition, we recruited, trained 35 more individuals: 45% received paid internships, 46% received employment.
D10 CORE COMMUNITY CONNECT IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE
The Implementation Committee (IC) was established by the Core Community Benefits Agreement (CCBA) negotiated by San Francisco community groups and Lennar Urban, the master developer of the Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point. The CCBA is a legal document which secured a landmark package of benefits which includes improving the housing and employment outcomes of San Francisco’s District 10 residents and community.
FRH was contracted by the IC to do outreach in the Potrero Hill and Bayview Hunters Point neighborhoods, then to plan and execute an Information & Survey Meeting for 20-40 diverse residents of these communities. We successfully hosted 31 residents of varying generations, ethnicities and economic statuses to accurately represent the diversity in these communities.
RECOLOGY SAN FRANCISCO
Recology SF manages municipal refuse disposal processes and services that span the needs of urban, suburban and rural communities. Its services include urban cleaning services, collection, sorting, transfer, processing and recovery and landfill management.
FRH began working with Recology San Francisco (formerly Norcal Waste Company Inc.) in August 2007 in the Strategic Development of an Employee Education Program designed to equip participants with tools to change their perspective, and modify their attitudes and behavior, & foster a workplace environment of co-operative, productive activity.
Since September 2008, we have been facilitating Employee & Management Development Workshops, Leadership Consultation and Organizational/Workforce Strategic Planning at the San Francisco Recycling & Disposal facilities at Pier 96 and 501 Tunnel Ave.
Related California is a fully-integrated real estate firm with a 25-year track record delivering top-quality, mixed-income housing and mixed-use developments across California. The company has completed more than 9,800 residences and has a track record of consistently developing communities that set new industry benchmarks in design, construction, sustainability and property management.
FRH has been brought in to work with two of Related's newest real estate ventures, Robert B. Pitts Apartments and Westside Courts in San Francisco. We have been contracted to provide workforce/services consultation on both sites in tandem with the SF Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) and the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD). With a focus on workforce accessibility and social hardships, staff is on site at both locations daily making critical connections between residents and the agencies best fit to serve the prominent needs of the community.