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About

Build Affordable Faster California (BAFCA) is a local, regional, and state Civic Advocacy & Action Project of Tenants and Owners Development Corporation (T0DCO), a nonprofit community-based community development corporation for San Francisco’s South of Market Neighborhood since 1971. TODCO has built, owns, and operates 950 units of affordable senior and SRO housing for lower-income San Franciscans in eight SOMA residences.

Our Mission

Build Affordable Faster California (BAFCA) is a regional and state advocacy and action project of the Tenants and Owners Development Corporation (TODCO), a nonprofit community-based community development corporation in San Francisco’s South of Market Neighborhood (SoMa) since 1971. TODCO has built, owns, and operates 950 units of affordable senior housing for lower-income San Franciscans. For 45 years, TODCO has fully engaged in San Francisco’s urban, social and economic planning issues and initiatives.

The mission of Build Affordable Faster California is to fight for and with the poor, disadvantaged, and working people of our Golden state —elders, people of color, the unhoused, immigrants and families, in order to win affordable housing and build a strong safety net which supports the health, safety and well being of all Californians. Our project aims to engage organizers, advocates, and policy makers around legislation and ballot measures which address production and protection of affordable housing, our untenable wealth inequality and the health and economic well being of all Californians.

Our Values

BAFCA is a new generation of TODCO’s community advocacy, whose roots date back to social movements of tenants and activists who joined forces to prevent the displacement of poor and elderly residents in the South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco in the late 1960s and ‘70s.

Equity

We seek to dismantle systems of oppression and build a just and inclusive California.

Inclusion

We seek to create welcoming spaces where everyone belongs.

Community Engagement

We are committed to building meaningful partnerships based on mutual respect with other community organizations of all backgrounds to make systemic change a reality in order to advance social and economic justice.

Community Planning

We seek to support central city communities and cities in our region to engage in inclusive and thoughtful planning processes.

BAFCA is a nonprofit registered campaign committee (FPPC #1388285) that can sponsor and/or support local and state ballot measures (but never candidates for office). Under its prior name of Housing Forward SF it undertook the successful “Proposition E Balanced Development Act” initiative that San Francisco voters approved in March of this year. BAFCA’s work is funded by TODCO’s independent operating revenues with no outside funding.

What We Do

In coordination with TODCO and its subsidiary Yerba Buena Neighborhood Consortium SOMA community group (YBNC), BAFCA undertakes multiple focused and action-oriented Civic Advocacy & Action projects: