April 2020
I hope that you and your families are healthy and safe, and that you are navigating these uncertain times as well as possible. Please know that all of us at BRIDGE are doing our best to ensure that residents and employees are well-cared for. Our Resident Programs team is coordinating with service partners to serve residents' most urgent needs. We have adjusted operational protocols at all BRIDGE locations per CDC and public health guidelines. And we continue to press ahead with our mission, as this crisis only magnifies the importance of stable, affordable homes and strong communities. Many thanks to you, our partners and friends, for your continued support and good wishes. You truly inspire BRIDGE in our mission to strengthen communities and improve people's lives.
The large-scale redevelopment of Jordan Downs received a major boost this month under a $35M HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation (CNI) grant awarded to the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. "Receiving a CNI award for Jordan Downs is wonderful for the partnership teams, but more importantly for the community," said Cynthia A. Parker, BRIDGE President & CEO. "It will allow us to forge ahead with two new phases of affordable housing, and to assist our residents and the broader Watts community." Pictured above: the CNI team on the day of the HUD interview. 
Work is ongoing at BRIDGE's 11 active construction sites, which are operating at approximately 85% capacity, given social distancing and other pandemic-related constraints. Songbird, pictured above, is currently 75% complete. Located in the Eliot neighborhood of N/NE Portland, it will serve very low- and low-income families, with priority given to displaced residents and people who are at risk of displacement. 
Photo by Keith Baker
In San Francisco, BRIDGE's 1101 Connecticut has been awarded LEED Platinum, a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building. The property, which offers 72 affordable apartments for families, was the first to be completed as part of the HOPE SF Potrero Hill Master Plan. It achieved LEED certification for implementing practical solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality-all factors that make the building a healthy, more sustainable home for residents.
We invite you to stay connected through BRIDGE Housing's virtual community as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis together. Here are a few easy ways to keep in touch: 
  • Follow our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  
  • Go to AmazonSmile and select BRIDGE Housing as your charity. For each purchase you make, Amazon will donate 0.5% to support our work. It's an easy way to give back on things you're already buying.  
  • Share our social media posts: repost, retweet, tag and comment! 
  • Help residents directly by making a gift to our Resident Care Fund, and your gift will double in value. Thanks to Nibbi Brothers General Contractors, every new gift of $50 or more will be matched one-to-one up to a total of $25K! 
Thank you for all you do for BRIDGE. We look forward to staying connected! 
We are grateful to the partners and businesses that have stepped up to provide food and other essentials to our residents in need, including the Community Presbyterian Church of Danville, Locanda Ravello, Compass, Leadership Napa Valley and the Mayor's Fund of Los Angeles. Thanks to the Allgire Foundation and Allgire General Contractors for donating bags of groceries to 392 seniors and families in San Diego County (pictured above: our staff at Celadon). Thank you!  
On April 6, BRIDGE was delighted to welcome Delphine Sherman onboard as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Sherman previously was the CFO for the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, a top public business school with $160 million in annual revenues and a $350 million endowment. Prior to Haas, she served as the CFO of Aspire Public Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization serving 16,000 students in low-income communities. 
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee this week introduced legislation to initiate the City review process for development of the 17-acre Balboa Reservoir site. The development team, led by BRIDGE and AvalonBay Communities, is planning 1,100 new homes, 50% of which will be affordable for low- and moderate-income families, along with a host of community benefits. "This is an incredible project on the west side of town, and we need more like it if we are going to make San Francisco affordable for everyone," said Mayor London N. Breed. 
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