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Institutional | TENDERLOIN NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT CORP. (TNDC) Bettering Lives S an Francisco is known all over the world for its beautiful weather, affluent residents and generally high quality of life. Less recognized, however, are the efforts of nonprofit agencies to improve opportunities for the city’s low-income residents. Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. (TNDC) is one such agency. The community-based developer and social service provider has aggressively acquired, built and rehabbed affordable housing in the Tenderloin and adjacent San Francisco neighborhoods for almost 30 years. It owns and operates 25 buildings serving 2,500 tenants, with 11 projects and more than 1,500 units in its housing development pipeline. Most of TNDC’s tenants’ monthly incomes are below $1,000, and they are mainly comprised of senior citizens on fixed incomes, emancipated youth from foster care, people with HIV/AIDS, immigrants, working families and formerly homeless individuals recovering from substance abuse or mental illness. “Tenderloin is a low-income neighborhood adjacent to very valuable downtown San Francisco real estate,” Director Don Falk explains. “At the time TNDC was founded [in the early 1980s] there was a real fear of gentrification, where low-income people are involuntarily displaced by rising property values and rents. So TNDC was founded in order to acquire property, develop it and maintain it as housing affordable to low-income people in perpetuity, preserving a place in the Tenderloin for low-income people.” In this regard, Falk says, TNDC can “declare victory” – about 25 percent of the neighborhood now consists of permanently affordable housing. Today, however, gentrification is not the No.1 issue, Falk explains. Although affordable housing remains important, quality of life issues have emerged as a key concern among many residents. “We now think in terms of creating a healthy neighborhood, where residents have access to jobs, nutritious and affordable food, good schools and a feeling of safety and security – all those things,” he says. TNDC’s social workers seek to help tenants stabilize their lives, find resources for medical, turning a local »TNDC isinto 174 rental units YMCA for the chronically homeless. TNDC HAS HELPED HOUSE THOUSANDS OF LOW-INCOME SAN FRANCISCANS. BY GENEVIEVE DIESING mental health or substance abuse issues and build community. The group’s Community Organizing department encourages residents to become involved politically, and TNDC’s Tenderloin After-School Program serves 55 children and youth daily. Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. (TNDC) www.tndc.org • Location: San Francisco • Annual budget: $23 million • Employees: 240 employees • Services: Community development Successful Message TNDC has been successful for several reasons, Falk says. First, it has attracted top-notch employees who have been instrumental in its achievements. Secondly, its mission has resonated throughout the community. “I think “In many cases, people have to make choices between food and medicine, or food and rent.” –Don Falk, director CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM OCTOBER 2009
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Construction Today - October 2009
Regional Spotlight: Southwest
Ledcor Construction Hawaii LLC
C.H. GUERNSEY & Co.
First Gulf Development Corp.: Meadowvale Corporate Centre
Jacobsen Construction: Workers Compensation Fund Headquarters
Novak Construction Co.
Affordable Concepts Inc.
HBD Construction Inc.: Edwardsville Crossing
Ledcor Construction: Napa, Calif.
Mared Mechanical Contractors Corp.
Myers & Chapman Inc.
Summit Contractors Group Inc.
Wilcox Construction Inc.
Special Focus: Mergers & Acquisitions
Hensel Phelps: Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl. Airport Sky Train
Circle Construction LLC
Electrical Contractors Inc.
Everett, Wash., Department of Public Works
Imco General Construction Inc.: Arlington WWTP
New Prince Concrete Construction
R.N. Rouse & Co. Inc.
Stanek Constructors Inc.
Fort Lewis: New Barracks, Army Growth Complex and Support Battalion
Torcon Inc.: Brookhaven National Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source II
Bovis Lend Lease: FBI Denver HQ
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
Bird Construction Co.: Shearwater Helicopter Base
Carbon Constructors Inc.
Consultants & Builders Inc.
Emerick Construction Co.: Rock Creek Middle School
Broadmoor/Boh Brothers Construction Co.: U.S. Coast Guard Integrated Support Command
Cahill Contractors Inc.: The Oakland Museum of California Phase 1
Flintco Inc.: Germantown Women & Children’s Pavilion
Gamma Construction Co.
Kreizenbeck Constructors: BSU Student Union
Pizzagalli Construction Co.: FAHC Radiation Oncology
Robins & Morton: Lincoln Hospital
Steele & Freeman Inc.
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. (TNDC)
W.G. Yates & Sons Construction: Armed Forces Retirement Village
BBL Construction Services LLC: The Glen at Sugar Hill Apartments
Chelsea Investment Corp.
Affirmed Housing Group
Westland Construction Inc.: Bridges at Citifront
Product Showcase: Plumbing Equipment
Hunzinger Construction Co.: Johnson Controls Headquarters
B.L. Harbert International LLC: S.O.F. 5th Special Forces Battalion Operations Complex
Duke Construction: Monarch Beverage Co. Headquarters
Irish Construction Co.
TMU LLC (Triune)
Last Look: Consultants & Builders Inc.
Construction Today - October 2009