A Special Neighborhood Deserves A Special Power Provider

From the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Currents, September-October 2014:

“Residents and merchants at San Francisco Shipyard will make history when their new homes and businesses become the first to run on cost-effective, greenhouse gas free Hetch Hetchy hydroelectricity. When the first houses come online this fall, the new owners will enjoy some of the most cleanest electricity available in the country – at competitive prices. Hetch Hetchy hydroelectricity will provide Shipyard ratepayers with substantial savings over the long term when compared to other San Francisco electricity customers.”

“Good for the earth and good for the wallet; learn more about the Shipyard’s clean Hetch Hetchy energy services at sfwater.org/shipyard.”

The Implementation Committee Seeks a Community Member

All interested Community Stewards are being encouraged to apply for the vacant Additional Community
Member seat on the District 10 (D10) Implementation Committee. The Implementation Committee (IC)
is a volunteer committee that 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.
All applicants for the Additional Community member will submit a Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae and
cover letters expressing his/her interest in the Implementation Committee. The top candidates are
selected in a three step process: all will be presented to the full Implementation Committee for review
and approval, forwarded to the District 10 Supervisor for further review and suggestions and thereafter
submitted to the full Implementation Committee for selection.
The Implementation Committee is seeking diversity. However, it is critical that all members embrace
the role of steward for District 10, and have some understanding of the needs of the neighborhood.
All necessary about the Implementation Committee and its purposes can be found at:

Should you decide to apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to: Zachary McRae, Program
Coordinator, Implementation Committee, San Francisco Foundation, One Embarcadero Center, Suite
1400, San Francisco, CA 94111 (415) 733-8544 FAX (415) 477.2783. zmcrae@sff.org.

All documentation must be submitted to the SF Foundation by 5pm, October 16, 2014.
No exceptions will be made to this requirement.

Rental Assistance How to Apply Workshop Q&A

The Implementation Committee with the help of The San Francisco Foundation held the How to Apply Workshop for the Rental Assistance Request for Proposals (RFP) on September 18, 2014. At the Workshop organizations were able to walk through the RFP process and receive a more in-depth understanding of what the Implementation Committee desires in a response. Below are the questions and answers taken from the How to Apply Workshop:

Income Levels

Q: Why is there a gap between the two income levels outlined in the different sub-programs of the RA program?

A: Apologies for the confusion. On Page 5, the RFP states that eligible income levels are up to 140% AMI. Then following that, it could have been clearer to explain that Respondents might think of the grant as two sub-programs: (a) “middle income assistance”: 50% to 140% AMI and (b) low income assistance: 49% AMI and below. The semantics don’t work perfectly here. We tried to align the “low income assistance” label with the income limits (i.e. 35% AMI and below) set by the prevalent public sources of funds.


Q: Can the Administrator only provide to one income group outlined in the RFP? 

A: Section III.D on Page 5 mentions that at least sixty-five percent (65%) of the financial assistance funds must be designated for individuals and households that fall within the range of 50% to 140% AMI. That is one limiting factor in directing funds to income sub-groups. The IC believes that this income group is not being served in D10, and a good use of its private unrestricted funds is to fill this gap. The IC also feels that it is important to support income groups below 50% AMI.


Earned Income

Q; I wanted a bit of clarification on the Target Population piece.  The RFP mentions that the IC would like to focus on houses with earned income. Do all involved families have to have earned income? I’m concerned that qualifying families who lose a job and need one-time rental assistance would not qualify.

A: The IC would like Respondents to describe how they would structure these monetary and leveraged-service interventions in a way that will create housing stability. So if someone has lost their job, what is the likelihood that they will still be vulnerable to eviction two to three months after they receive the one-time back rent assistance? How do you prevent this situation from occurring and how successful are you at achieving these intentions?


Eligible Activities

Q: Why can’t Rental Subsidies be included with Move-in/Security Deposit Assistance and One-time Eviction Prevention Funds?

A: In this initial roll out, the IC wants the rental assistance program to focus its activities and not dilute funds across a wider range of sub-programs.


Q: Is it possible to have all four activities included in a rental assistance program?

A: No. See answer above.


Q: Why does the IC want packages with these certain activity requirements?

A: Same as above



Q: Can staff experience satisfy the requirement of organizational experience around Financial Services? I.e. As an organization, they do not have financial management experience but has listed staff with the required experience, would that suffice?

A: The IC encourages Respondents to state their case for how they would be effective with current staff and organizational capabilities. In this specific case, we’d look for a response to detail how their staff expertise would translate to organizational capabilities.


Available Funds

Q: How much funding does the IC have available for this type of program?

A: [paraphrased answer provided at the How-to-Apply meeting] The IC is soliciting proposals from industry experts that outline realistic costs and services, providing responding organizations the opportunity to present their ability to (1) meet the stated goal in the RFP Section III.A page 5, and (2) be efficient, innovative, and creative without influencing their responses based on the dollar amount of available funds.


RLF/Renewable Funds

Q: Is there an expectation that the funds designed will be designed as loans?

A: The IC places a high priority on structuring funds that can be revolving, repaid, “taken out”, etc.  Loans are one common mechanism to achieve that, but not the only way.  The IC encourages Respondents to be creative and leverage new and/or existing partnerships.