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empathy can create. when you're positive and committed to using that ergy, >> i want to welcome you to this rededication ceremony today. my name is gail gillman and i am the ceo of community housing partnership. i want to acknowledge some people here with us today. supervisor kim from district s six. her district is joining us this morning along with senator mark leno who is right here and i don't see him yet, but supervisr
safae and mayor ferrell is unfortunately not able to join us today. i really want to thank all of the elected officials and dignitaries joining us today. i will be thanking other people in a minute. i think we should pause and think back to 2014 when mayor lee had a vision, a vision that housing authority properties, units, what was known as public housing could be transformed, and the mayor had this idea that nonprofit developers throughout san francisco should step up, lean in, and take responsibility to help these assets before more
and transform the lives of reside who le there and he brought us all together and we sad around a table with my partners and other organizations and we thought about how we could look at these assets, the over 3400 units they encompassed and found out how we could transform them. the mayor had a vision that the financial institutions could do their part too. i want to pause here because i think ices something to note. of all the institutions here, bank of america stepped up and looked at this from a portfolio perspective and looked at all 29 assets how they could under write them and affect the lives
of san franciscan. we need to acknowledge that a bank in the united states stepped up with a $2.2 billion investment in a single city and in a single county. we are so proud to have bank of america as a partner. our mission is that we help homeless people secure housing and become self-sufficient. here at 666 ellis street we are helping the over 100 residents transform their lives and have greater levels of self-sufficiency. we are so profoundly happy to be part to have project and this building. the property next door is a esses hotel that we own and the property down the street, we are happy to call ellis street our home. i want to thank the staff and residents of 666 ellis street who have gone through occupied
rehabilitation, construction on-site for over a year. i want to thank them and the mayor's office for commune develop, federal home loan bank, pollard tag guard architect. d & h construction and jeff, i know you arecome where here in the audience, i want to thank you and your team for everything you did on the housing side. , and other. it take as village to do these projects and bring all of this together. with that, it is my honor to introduce supervisor jane kim. [applause] >> i first just want to thank gail gillman and the amazing
family and team at community housing partnership for taking on yet another rehabilitation of affordable housing here in san francisco and in the neighborhood that i represent, the tenderloin. it was maybe only a year na year-and-a-half ago we were at the opening of cambridge down the street as just as exciting as it is to build new construction and new housing, to rehabilitate housing in san francisco to we can ensure the life of these units for the senors that depend on it. we know that millions of seniors ac the cyr in poverty and 21 million seniors live 200% below the poverty line here in this country. many of us hope to age in place
in the city that we love. there was a time when our government actually built and invested in the production of middle income housinge have largely gone out of that business for the last 40 years and during the sam time we saw homelessness emerge as a crisis in our street. these type of investments prevent homelessness and housing is the only solution and community housing partnership was born out ofhat understanding as the only nonprofit organization that builds and produces for those who are formerly homeless. we must also provide svices th kee people in housi i want to congratulations commune partnership and all of your partners and bank of america. we need our financial partners
to invest in us. it is an investment in our city. this work is not altrutic. is quite selfish because we are better off and we are safer and hlthiehen our neighbors haves t affordable, permanent, stable housing. congratulations to everybody involved today and to the 100 seniors that will be able to stay in place at 666 ellis. >> thanou supervisor kim. [applae] on behalf of the honorable mayor mark ferrell who again apologizes for not being here it is my pleasure to introduce kate hartley. >> thank you gail. i am so happy to be here and be here with all the amazing people in this area who made this happen.
mayor ferrell sends his regret. he really wanted to be here today. he's been soledil with te opportunity to come toldin like this andee s the amazing the transrmation of these project. we are so lucky to be ableo do this work and our city is so much better for the opportunity to have housing like this and allow all the seniors and help all the seniors and residents of buildings like 666 ellis stay here and bet o great city. this work took so many people in 2014 when we started it was overwhelming and scary and so many times where we thought this is not going to work and here we are a great success and it's only because of the contributions of everyone here today. i want to say thank you to bank of america, ari and tom newman
here today. we could not have done it without you. bank of america stepped up in a way that was unprecedented. it was a his to transaction. gail and y team and dave the facilities manager is here. serena. we thank you so much. the housing authority, our partners, barbara and darrnd joaquin and all t team it's been a long journey and so nice to be here with this great success. hud helped u every step of the way. trevor and ed war do we are really grateful to you. supervisor kim thank you so much for your support. again, couldn't have done it without you. the resident services team, such
great work the mocd team and georgia and jackie, and helen hail who led the service. thank you. lydia was the quarterback of all this. really amazing work. i dn't want to ft anybody, but -- i'm sorry? bisonkrepp, the elevator company. having aking elevator sr. one ois oneof the greatest thine world. [applause] i am so happy the elevator works so thank you to them especially. my congratulations and i'm really looking forward to working with you on this development and making sure that it stays permanently affordable,
habitable and great condition forever. thank you. our next speaker i do want to acknowledge that housing authority commissioner joaquin tor res has joined us. thank you for joining us. it take as village and part of that village is our partners in the federal government, so proud to introduce edwardo cabrillo. >> what great day to be here. i will be brief. we are exciting to hear from all of you and the reason this is possible because of your great work.
an unsung hero at hud. , trevor, thank you for your help and your role here at hud. san francisco as many of you know and other cities across the country are going through a severe and growing affordability crisis, so so much so in fact that hud's worst case study published numbers that are astounding. 8.3 million households in the country are facing affordability challenges, either increase in rent, sub standard housing or a combination of the two. in way, way hud is looking to address this is through the hud demonstration program called rad and here you are see results of that effort. rad was piloted here in san francisco is setting the gold standard across the country in
terms of rad conversions and giving housing authorities powerful tool and a means to preserve affordable housing by converting public housing properties across the country and a $26 million ba backlog. hud has levraged $5 million in capital to make critical repairs, something that hud could not have done alone, so critical to have public, private partnership. what does it mean for places like san francisco? 1400 units have been preserved including the hundreds of units
here and what is exciting to me is that over 2,000 are in the pipeline. if everything goes as planned by ptember 2019 we should have 2000 additional public housing units preserved through ra we arweare not stopping there. hud is seeking to extend the rat and we have lifted the cap from 455,000 units from 225,000 to 455,000, and it more than doubles the capacity of units that can participate in the program. in the 2019 budget we are seeing $100 million to help housing authorities who need the support in converting. i will close with this. i will give you a sense of what it would be like without rad, it would take public housing authorities over 50 years to do what you all have done with the
infusion of private capital in just the five years, so fifty years down to five. the reason this is so important is because public. >> president hillis: residents deserve better and they have been waiting long enough for t,denafe, housing and rad is making that a reality for them now. thank you very much. [applause] >> okay another great partner and then we will get to the really excit stuf hearing from residents who actually live here in this apartment is that san francisco housing authority and i will just say community housing partne partnership prioo entering this process was one of the largest providers of homeless housing and this has deepened our relationship.
it's been an honor to work with that team and to work with barbara smith whom i would like to invite up to have some mark. >> thank you gail it's been lwo working with community housing partnership too. we are working hard to keep that you are subsidies flowing on a regular basis. thank you for having me here. before rad i would go to bed at night and pray and none of our senior and disabled residents in the high-rise would end up without elevator service or worse yet be stalled in a stucked elevator. all too oven often i would getn the middle of the light -- get
call. theents here, you know what i'm talking about, and we are thrilled that things have changed. this was a stressful situation for our residents but with declining federal dollars the housing authority wasn't able to keep up with the needs at 666 ellis and all the other properties. we are thrilled that ellis and the other propertyities can get these improvemented through rad. this leveragilli in financing and 750 million in hard construction improvements did require the brilliance, dedication and support from an incredible team beginning with
mayor lee and including the mayor's office of community housing and development, commune housing partners, bank of america, hud, our commissioners, we have commissioner wa keep tories. thank you so much for making life better for our public housing resident. a special thank you to the 666 ellis resident who is had faith in the process and were able to endure the relocation they had to go through andiving in a construction zone. at last you have decent and safe housing where you can live in your communities and also benefit from community-based management and connection to service. we are really pleased that this has been able to make life better for all of you. thank you.
>> so as we said baf america has been instrumental in all of the rad con versions and also for community housing partnerships so whether it was a neighborhood builder in 2008 or ongoing investment in us, bank of america has helped community housing partnership grow over the last 17 years from four properties and 47 employees to 17 properties and ove300 employees, so it's my pleasure to invite up tom ewan. he is the retail bank president for bank of america. [applause] >> i would like to on behalf of bank of america to thank everybody who is here particularly the mayor's office, supervisor kim, gail, and the
long list of people all theay down. but a particular thank to mayor lee whose vision contributed to making this possible and that is his personal commitment from having grown up in public housing and advocating as a young layer. lawyer. the first time i met him the first thing out of his mouth was affoble housing and two things to make it happen. we have been in the bay area starting with the 1906 earthquake we wre helping with the golden gate and the bay bridge and the ferry building.
our partnership to help the community of san francisco has long standing and that is part of our strategy. we thrive because of our communities and our clients thrive because of the communities tivehey l in and it stand to reason that itbehoves uso support the community so that our kind thrives and we thrive. it is really an ecosystem and you can be assuredded of our commitment. when mayor lee approached us and says given to how important it is to us and our history, we are in there is not doubt about it. the commitment nationwide is a little bit over $4 billion and
san francisco has more than half of it. that is on top of $5 million that we are contributed to a nonprofit in san francisco. i would like to thank all of our bank of america associates and their team to do that as well. thank you especially to the 66 ellis residents here and you can be assured that we will continue to support and this is only a start. thank you. [applause] >> so as we said it's our last speaker and i think the most prestigious, the residents of 666 ellis, we could not have done that without being in partnership with you and we will continue to be as we own and operate this building, so paul
trudby is going to share his experience with you. >> i am a resident here and when i came here everything looked great. it's not quite loud eugh. oh, i'm not speaking right. all right. when i came here from the franciscan after the fire, i thought everything looked great in the building and it looked nice at first until i realized that things were wearing out. now, what a difference to have all new bathroom fixtures, kitchen fixtures, new stove, no refrigerator, new windows, beautiful floor coverings, it's made quite a difference. it's like walking through a new door into a new building. [applause]
balance to your budget to the board of supervisors here in city hall. i want to start today by bei acknowledging all of the hard work that went into this. i want to thampg t members of the board of supervisors, i want to thank the departments that are here today and their staffs for all their hard work and the months of preparation that are here today. there are a few people that i want to call out. first, ben rosenfield. i also want to thank and acknowledge harvey rose. it has been a pleasure with the board of supervisors to working with him. and lastly, and i want to say most importantly, i want to thank my entire budget team. they're all sitting over here,
and to keller kirkpatrick, our acting budget director, can we give her a round of plauz? [applause] >> and i want to acknowledge my chief of staff, jason elliott, jason, thank you for everything. [applause] >> so before i dive into the specifics of the bu, i do want to acknowledge where we have been over the past seven months. i think we all remember where we were when we heard about mayor lee's passing and the shock that it felt. no one could have possibly anticipated that our mayor would have been taken from us in december, taken from the city that he loved. we all have endured a lot since that fateful night. many of us have cried, many of us have mourned, but we have come together as a city. we have definitely had our disagreements and debates over the past seven months, but we have stayed together, defending
the values of san francisco. and while our local economy continues to thrive, san francisco faces real challenges every single day. well, you all understand that a mother should not have to choose between paying her utility bill or paying rent, the potential of facing eviction or homelessness. we know that clean streets free of syringes and needles should be the norm, not the exception. that parking your car in san francisco should not induce a panic attack because you think it will beken into. we all understand that residents in historically under served communities did he serve the resources and -- deserve the resources in a booming economy. they deserve it from san francisco. and as the trump administration attacks so many of our
communities, our immigrant community, our lgbt community, our women in san francisco, and the rights of a san franciscans, we must fight back. we are stewards of the greatest city in the world, and we will rise up to the challenges of today. thank you. [applause] >> now, homelessness has plagued our city for decades, but the situation has never been so as it is right now. we will not solve this epidemic with one single answer, and this budget takes a multifacet multifaceted approach to making a real dent in the issue, to help stem the tight of homelessness and push back on the challenges that have confronted us for years on our streets. i also understand the roots of this tragedy are complex, they are not simple, and they are
also not unique to san francisco, which is why over the past few months, i have partnered with ten of t mayor's of the other largest cities in california and advocated in sacramento, advocated with our governor, spent hours in sacramento together as mayors to ask for more than $1.5 billion in our state budget so that cities can address homelessness on our streets because we know the solutions that are working. and i want to say a special thanks to assembly man -- senator weiner, assembly men chiu, and this budget, as large as it is and as large as the investments are within homelessness does not reflect a single dollar of that ask, and we have had great results in sacramento in committees over the past few weeks, and we are
hopeful that additional funding will be coming shortly from sacramento. this budget invests in measures that prevent people from falling into the clutches of homelessness to begin with, while also supporting programs that ensure once they e housed, they will have the support and services that they need to avoid slipping back into homelessness on our streets. we will be compassion driven in our approach, but we will also take strategic common sense measures, measures such as our encampment resolution teams, because no one gets better by living on our streets at night. the first fiscal year of my budget will include $30 million in new initiatives for homelessness. that package includes an investment to double our home ward bound budget, a measure that reunites struggling families with their loved ones, and last year alone over 900
projectwere served by home ward bound, and less than 10% of people returned to city s franc to access services. this is to prevent and divert people from a life on our streets here in san francisco. and when someone leaves the throes of homelessness, they will leave permanently with the resource necessary to make sure they get back on their own 2 feet. in the next fiscal year, this budget will create 200 new supportive housing units in san francisco. with these units, san francisco will have more than 7,900 permanent supportive housing units in the city of san francisco, the most percapita of any city in our entire country. along with our new units, i will be investing $1.5 million additional funds to support
additional housing at our permanent housing sites. this includes $15 million to continue our nav fact center pipeline, helping to secure the creation of four new facilities right here in our city, including the first one dedicated specifically to women and expectant mothers. these resource heavy centers are critical to breaking the cycle of homelessness, poverty and addiction on our streets. we will fund programs that support families, we will fund program that's support the youth that are homeless on our streets, and i will continue to support funding for operations that clear our streets of unsafe and unhealthy tent encampments. again, no one's life is getting better by sleeping in tents on our streets. we must also address the core roots of the issue of homelessness. we must offer help to those on our streets struggling with
addiction, mental illness and other behavioral health challenges. last month, i announced the creation of a new street medicine street which will deliver opioid treatments directly to people living on our streets. this dedicated unit under the direction of dr. barry zevin will offer medication to people living on our streets. it is a first in the nation program, and it will produce results here in san francisco. every day we are hearing more and more stories of people who have really inspired the rest of us by treating their addiction and making onto a better life. and for those -- for those that are on our streets that cannot help themselves with buprenorphrine, we have an obligation to step in and offer assistance. we are investing in conserveatorship beds to those
suffering from mental illnesses and living on our streets. earlier this year, i announced the opening of san francisco conserveatorship beds. and we will continue to invest in them and other programs that represent help for those struggling with addictions living on our streets. we will continue to operate under the premise of laura's law, who help family members who cannot help themselves. too often we have approached homelessness as an attractable issue and the residents experiencing these issues as lost causes. i refuse to accept that narrative. we will not solve this issue overnight, but we have made a
dent over the past six months, and with this budget, we will make great strides in addressing homelessness on our streets. not only in the immediate future but with an eye toward making a dent, and make a permanent lasting legacy of francisc we also are fortunate to live in the most beautiful city in the world. stunning vistas, we have the golden gate bridge, we have the castro district, we have livly commercial corridors. but too often, our picture perfect city is blighted with scenes of trash, litter, human waste, drug paraphernalia. we've seen it all. and that's why i'm adding 44 new street cleaners in this budget to be split up evenly
between our city's 11 supervisor asorial districts. we've asked the department of public works to work with our supervisors to make sure they are placed exactly in the areas that they are needed in our city. we are also funding a dedicated street pickup team in the soma district. five days a week, manual labor pickup to pick up the trash to make that neighborhood better. in addition, i'll be funding new pit stops, which are safe, monitored public toilets, and a proven model to reduce human waste and litter on our streets. no one should be confronted with feces or the smell of urine walking the streets of san francisco. we'll be adding five new pit stops in high volume corridors and expanding at other pit stops. they are win-win solutions for our communities. they offer struggling residents
dignity and safety and keep our sidewalks and streets safe and clean. these additional investments will be paired with ongoing programs, including our dedicated street medicine team, specifically, a team that was created for needle pick ups based on resident complaints, and our fix it team that does such great work in our neighborhoods, and with this budget, we will be expanding from 25 to 35 zones throughout the city of san francisco. we all know that a clean and vibrant city is an economically successful and healthy city and just as our city needs to be clean to thrive, it also needs to be safe. last year, we reported 31,000 car break-ins in san francisco. that's about one break-in every three hours on our street. s that's unacceptable. to the credit to our police department, they're doubled our foot patrols, creating a
dedicated unit within the central police department, and increasing the burglary and serial crime units. year to date, car break-ins are down 20% in the city of san francisco, but we will not rest on our laurels here in approximate our city. this budget will reflect additional investments in our public safety departments. in particular, our police department to make sure we do not slip back. the center piece of this public safety goal is the addition of over 250 sworn police personnel over the next four years. i have often said that we have some of the best police officers in the country. we just need more of them. let me be even more specific. i believe we have incredible men and women of our police department. they put the lives on the line for us every single day, and they deserve our respect, and i am proud of them. but san francisco is a growing,
angi ch city, and we need a police force that grows and changes with it. in the next fiscal year, 130 new officers will be in the police academy, setting the foundation for 250 more officers on our streets. i want to make it clear that these new officers will not be just focused on our property crime epidemic, they'll also be working within our communities to make sure our residents feel safe in the city we all love. these new officers will have the tools and training we have implemented under our current d.o.j. reforms, such as time and distance strategies, deescalation tactics, and most important, the policy and practice of sanctity of life. my budget contains additional investments that bolster our department of police accountability. we need our residents to trust
our public safety officials, to believe that when they need help, they're going to get the servicesha ty ed. our dentpamef emergency management teams are n answering approximately 89% of their 911 calls within ten seconds. 90%'s the nshl standard. we are investing $9 million to bolster that department to make sure we exceed the national standard and make sure the residents know when they pick up the phone and dial 911, they're going to have a life person on the other end of the line. it can mean the difference between life and death, and san francisco can do better. we are also investing in significant new equipment for our firefighters to make sure that they are able to respond quickly and that they are able to do their jobs safely for our residents. we have also been a city that has opened our doors and right la
lane -- welcomed the refugees of hate, bigotry an and oppression. ake sure that every person understands they are an integral part of our city. regardless of where you were raised, no matter where you come from, no matter what neighborhood you are from, you are a part of san francisco. [applause] >> and i am well aware of the persistent disparities that exist in our city, and without these budget dollars, without accountability to out comes will not be successful in reducing widespread disparities. i'm also well aware that too many communitie and populations are systematically stuck outside the prosperity of our city, particularly communities of color.
this budget continues to invest in these communities that are marginalized and most vulnerable. our community's most impacted by the delusional policies of the trump administration, and those communities that face rses disparities. we're investing over $7 million over the next two years to provide representation for immigrants facing deportation among other legal and support programs. we will be providing our community-based organizations who are on the front line every single day with resources so they can support our own immigrant communities in san francisco. i'm here emphatically once again to say that we will not cower in fare to president trump and the federal administration, and we will never embrace their ideologies of bigotry and hatred ever.
and if our city is to truly succeed, we need to lift up every single community and put the right support between everybody that calls our city home. that is why this budget includes over $7 million for additional criminal justice reforms, including initiatives to expand pretrial monitoring and bail alternatives, ending onerous local fees, and supporting our street violence response team. we will continue to fund workforce programs so every san franciscan from every neighborhood can be a part of our growing economy. i want to thank our union partners who are collaborating with us to making sure the residents can call san francisco home can also be a place where they can work. we're ensuring that the next generation of san franciscans, which is who we are fighting for, have good paying jobs and good benefits. and thanks to the passage of
the soda tax, we will now dedicate $10 million annually to address health inequities, with a specific focus on communities, low-income communities and communities of concern that have disproportionately been affected by our health crisis. and we will provide support and resources for vulnerable communities when our city does not. as evidenced by the $4.2 million that we are investing for hiv and aids programs, backfilling local initiatives that were subject to federal funding cuts brought on by an administration that once again does not even respect our local communities and has no trace of empathy for compassion. in san francisco, we do it different. i am proud to make sustained investments in these communities, and i'm also proud to do it in a fiscally
responsible manner. we need to maintain our long-term investments, and this budget includes nearly $450 mil i don't kn -- million in reserves. i don't think anyone in here has forgotten the great recession, and it's not a question of if, but when the next town turn happens. in april, i issued an executive directive to expand our economically -- our economic resiliency plan so that our first in the nation policy will now have detailed and specific recession scenarios, allowing us to plan and then respond accordingly when signs of the next economicurn downt arise. there is a reason that mooney's have upgraded our bond rating to the highest in approximate our city's history, and to the
highest level possible. it's the result of responsible fiscal planning, an approach we mirror when dealing with our long-term investments and our capital projects. and for the second consecutive year and the se ye i our city'shistory, our capital plan will be fully funded. we are providing historic levels of investments in our parks, on our streets, and our seismic infrastructure. the capital budget will strengthen our seawall and repair, rebuild, and work on our critical infrastructure assets, such as the yslais creek bridge and our 911 call center. we are providing more than $100 million for street resurfacing projects, ensuring our roadways are smoother, safer, and easier to travel on because i don't believe anyone thinks the conditions of our streets today are acceptable. these are not just investments
in our bridges, our streets, and our roads, and our waterfronts, these are ves the very future of the city of san francisco. [applause] >> and because i care very deeply in the future of this city, the city where i was lucky enough to be born, lucky enough to be raised, and where i have lived my entire adult life, i am honored that this budget fulfills many of the legacies of our late mayor ed lee. i truly believe this budget would make him proud. i believe in the greatness of our city, in our residents, our leaders, and i want to leave this office a place where the next mayor, whoever that may be, will have every opportunity to succeed. to that end, i do commitment to
the next mayor my full support both personally and with my staff to make the transition before -- between our administrations as smooth as possible because i believe that no matter who holds the office of mayor, as san franciscans, we will all have a vested interest in the next mayor's success, and i pledge my complete and full support to make that happen. the poe el dylan thomas said the following about our amazing city. he wouldn't think such as place as san francisco can exist. the wonderful sun light here, the hills, the great bridges, the pacific at your shoes. beautiful chinatown, every race in the world. the sardine fleets sailing out. the little cable cars whizzing
down city hills, and the people are all friendly. that is a san francisco we all love and know. that is a san francisco we all aspire to be, and that is a san francisco we will be. thank you, everyone, for being re, and thaouo your time. [applause] . >> the san francisco carbon fund was started in 2009. it's basically legislation that was passed by the board of supervisors and the mayor's office for the city of san francisco. they passed legislation that said okay, 13% of the cost of the city air travel is going to go into a fund and we're going to use the money in that fund to do local projects that are going to mitigate and sequester
greenhouse gas emission. the grants that we're giving, they're anywhere from 15,000 to, say, $80,000 for a two year grant. i'm shawn rosenmoss. i'm the development of community partnersh and carbon fund for the san francisco department of environment. we have an advisory committee that meets once or twice a year to talk about, okay, what are we going to fund? because we want to look at things like equity and innovative projects. >> i heard about the carbon fund because i used to work for the department of environment. i'm a school education team. my name is marcus major. i'm a founding member of climate action now. we started in 2011.
our main goal it to remove carbon in the public right-of-way on sidewalks to build educational gardens that teach people with climate change. >> if it's a greening grant, 75% of the grant has to go for greening. it has to go for planting trees, it has to go for greening up the pavement, because again, this is about permanent carbon savings. >> the dinosaur vegetable gardens was chosen because the gaas ceredn is afault since 1932. it was the seed funding for whoise project. the whole garden,ible was about 84,000 square feet, and our project, we removed 3,126 square feet of cement. >> we usually issue a greening rft every other year, and that's for projects that are going to dig up pavement, plant
trees, community garden, school garden. >> we were awarded $43,000 for this project. the produce that's grown here is consumed all right at large by the school community. in this garden we're growing all kinds of organic vegetables from lettuce, and artichokes. we'll be planting apples and loquats, all kinds of great fruit and veggies. >> the first project was dipatch biodiesel producing facility. the reason for that is a lot of people in san francisco have diesel cars that they were operating on biodiesel, and they were having to go over to berkeley. we kind of the dog batch
preferentials in the difference between diesel and biodiesel. one ofe gardens i love is the pomeroy rec center. >>pomeroy has its roots back to 1952. my name is david, and i'm the chamber and ceo of the pomeroy rehabilitation and recreation center. we were a center for people with intellectual and development cal disabilities in san francisco san francisco. we also have a program for individuals that have acquired brain injury or traumatic brain injury, and we also have one of the larger after school programs for children with special needs that serves the public school system. the sf carbon fund for us has been the launching pad for an entire program here at the
pomeroy center. we received about $15,000. the money was really designed to help us improve our garden by buying plants and material and also some infrastructu like a driystem for plants. we have wine barrels that we repurposed to collect rain water. we actually had removed over 1,000 square feet of concrete so that we could expand the garden. this is where our participants, they come to learn about gardening. they learn about our work in the greenhouse. we have plants that we actually harvest, and eggs from our chickens that we take up and use in cooking classes so that our participants learn as much as anybody else where food comes from. we have two kitchens here at the pomeroy center. one is more of a commercial kitchen and one is more setup
like a home kitchen would be, and in the home kitchen, we do a lot of cooking classes, how to make lasagna, how to comsome eggs, so this grant that we received has tremendous value, not only for our center, for our participanuthe entire community. >> the thing about climate, climate overlaps with everything, and so when we start looking at how we're going to solve climate programs, we solve a lot of other problems, too. this is a radical project, and to be a part of it has been a real honor and a privilege to work with those administrators with the sf carbon fund at the department of environment. >> san francisco carbon grant to -- for us, opened the door to a new -- a new world that we didn't really have before; that the result is this beautiful garden. >> when you look at the community gardens we planted in
welcome to the mayor's disability council this friday, may 18, 2018. >> could you speak into the mic? >> co-chair blacksten: this one, ok. ok, is this good? all right. good afternoon, and welcome to the mayor's disability council this friday, may 18, 2018 in room 400 of san francisco city hall. city hall is accessible to persons using wheelchairs and other assistive mobility devices. wheelchair access is provided at the grove, van ness and