HUD Secretary's Award

Creating Community Connection Award

This award recognizes projects that incorporate housing within other community amenities for the purposes of either revitalization or planned growth.

Valencia Gardens, San Francisco, California, is a HOPE VI federally funded mixed-use affordable public housing project located on a five-acre site in San Francisco's Mission District. The primary goals were to connect the project with the surrounding urban fabric, re-establish a strong sense of place among members of the community at large, and provide a safe place that establishes defensible space, while acknowledging household independence. Valencia Gardens accomplishes these objectives while instilling a sense of pride through well-designed, community-oriented space and public art.

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