The cost of living on the San Francisco Peninsula has created a desperate situation for many who have called this area home for generations. As the housing crisis continues to displace middle income families ($118,000 annual income is considered poverty level for a family of four), families who live under even more difficult financial circumstances have nowhere to turn. The St. Francis Center has gently shifted our primary focus from direct services to acquiring housing that can be turned into homes for low and extremely low income families. Currently, we operate 135 units of extremely low, very low, and low-income apartments in the North Fair Oaks Neighborhood and Downtown Redwood City.
Our units do not look like stereo-typical “low-income” units; all were rehabbed to honor the dignity of each family who calls them “home.” Qualifying families pay rent that is well below market value, giving them an opportunity to live in decent housing while establishing a good credit history. Once a family achieves financial stability, St. Francis Center helps them relocate into market rate apartments. It is our hope to keep growing the number of homes so that we can continue to walk with this special community.