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SFPUC Investing $1M in Workforce Training with New Community Grant Program in Bayview-Hunters Point
Program will prepare residents for permanent, living-wage paying jobs in green sectors
Posted Date: 12/18/2017 4:00 PM
San Francisco, CA—The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is looking for nonprofits and/or social enterprises to provide workforce development and training opportunities for residents in the Bayview, Hunters Point, and Potrero Hill neighborhoods. One million dollars of grant funding is available over the next three years to prepare District 10 residents for permanent, living-wage paying jobs in green sectors like horticulture, urban agriculture, and food services.

Click Here to Apply for the Interim Greenhouse Grant Program


The goal of the grant program is to support the resiliency of the Bayview community by advancing the SFPUC’s environmental justice policy and creating pathways to high quality jobs for individuals facing barriers to employment.

Through the grant program, a review panel of community members and SFPUC staff will select up to four nonprofits or social enterprises for three years of funding to provide green sector training and job placement for residents. Grant terms may be extended for two additional years based on each program's ability to help residents find and retain living wage jobs.

The SFPUC created the community grant program after an intensive community engagement process from January to August 2016. Outreach efforts, conducted in collaboration with 16 community partners from Bayview-Hunters Point, included:
  • Knocking on 2,400 doors surrounding the facility;
  • Surveying 1,200 residents including those in public housing;
  • Attending 20 community events and hosting 13 focus groups;
  • Generating more than 27,000 social media impressions; and
  • Collecting over 1,000 in-depth surveys and 500 comments from local residents.
  • More than 60 percent of the residents recommended the creation of the grant program.
Applications for the community grant program should be submitted online at www.sfwater.org/interimgrantprogram. The deadline to apply is January 19, 2018. All grant-related questions must be submitted in writing to sfbid@sfwater.org.

On-going Commitment to Invest in Bayview-Hunters Point Community

In addition to the community grant program, the SFPUC works every day to reduce the impacts caused by the Southeast Treatment Plant, which is housed in the Bayview-Hunters Point community. This work is primarily done through the Southeast Community Facility, which provides viable educational, workforce development and childcare services for the benefit of Bayview-Hunters Point residents.

Construction is underway on major capital improvements to the Southeast Treatment Plant, which is part of the agency’s Sewer System Improvement Program. Providing jobs for homegrown residents during the construction is a top priority.

In fact, a September 2017 report shows:

  • San Francisco’s Local Hiring Policy set goals of 30 percent for construction hours to be worked by SF residents and 50 percent for local apprentice hours to be worked by SF residents. To date, the SFPUC is exceeding those goals: SF residents have performed 35 percent of worker hours and 72 percent of apprentice hours.
  • 29 percent of worker hours were completed by residents from Bayview-Hunters-Point, which is more hours than residents from any other district. Additionally, 41 percent of apprentice hours were completed by Bayview-Hunters Pont residents, which is also more hours than residents from any other district.
  • $48.8M in contracts have been awarded to businesses from Bayview-Hunters Point. That represents 40 percent of all local contract value, which is more than any contract value awarded to businesses in any other district.
Additionally, the SFPUC opened The Contractors Assistance Center in Bayview-Hunters Point to help businesses take advantage of these opportunities. Offering a range of services, from technical assistance and classroom training to networking events and one-on-one counseling, the Center tailors its offerings to the specific needs of new and existing business owners.

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