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Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates Inc

Environmental Justice, Neighborhood Leadership.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA   |  https://bvhpadvocates.org/

Mission

Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates, founded in 1994, is governed and operated by long-term members of the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco. Our programs combine community organizing with education, advocacy, and direct services. We seek to build the neighborhood’s capacity as a self-determining, fully autonomous force for social change in today’s San Francisco.

Ruling year info

2020

Interim Executive Director

Karen Pierce

Main address

2095 Jerrold Ave Suite 100

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94124 USA

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EIN

94-3221152

NTEE code info

Community Coalitions (S21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates is an unwieldy name, but an accurate descriptor of our work. We are founded, governed, and staffed by longtime activists in the neighborhood, and our core mission is to build our neighborhood’s autonomy and independence. It has often fallen to communities like Bayview-Hunters Point to plan for our own survival. At the Advocates, we know that local residents are the experts about their own neighborhoods, whether the subject is environmental conditions or where to shop for affordable healthy food. For a low-income neighborhood with more children and youth than any other part of San Francisco, it is important to develop new leadership, policies, and infrastructure for environmental and economic justice.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Southeast Community Council

It has often fallen to the communities of Bayview-Hunters Point to plan for our own survival. Local residents are the experts about their own neighborhoods, whether the subject is environmental conditions or where to shop for affordable healthy food. We have learned the hard way that community-based, community-led research and development is critical to pursuing our neighborhood’s goals.

Our Southeast Community Council – residents from diverse local neighborhoods, paid a stipend for their participation – is designed to train, and empower residents to take on significant roles in a safer and healthier community. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to build knowledge and power in Bayview-Hunters Point regarding environmental, land use, and economic development decisions, which have to date increased inequality and cultural disruption.

Population(s) Served

Bayview-Hunters Point has an alarming number of hazardous and toxic waste sites, encompassing its history as an industrial corner of the City and longtime home to marginalized populations. The neighborhood also has a longstanding history of broken promises, underscoring the need for an organized, unified voice that helps shape our most important public issues.

Our Community Toxic Index trains and supports local residents in document and data collection, analysis and mapping; ethnographies; and community empowerment. It is the neighborhood’s own effort to document and map environmental exposures, engage historical populations of residents and workers in Bayview-Hunters Point, and build an accessible library of local environmental racism and potential mitigation measures.

Our current online library of documents, hosted at UCSF, focuses on the Navy’s toxic waste dump at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, and the former National Radiological Defense Laboratories headquarters.

Population(s) Served

In San Francisco, almost all of our healthy produce ships through Bayview-Hunters Point, but very little of that food is available for purchase by local residents.

We are creating a community-owned co-op grocery store in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. The creation of this store in a notorious food desert — following the closure of Bayview grocery stores in 2013, late 2018, and early 2019 — will fill a critical gap for high-quality food for vulnerable populations in southeast San Francisco who suffer from a disproportionate burden of chronic disease related to food insecurity. Our co-op grocery will also support important economic and workforce development in our neighborhood.

Our current food sovereignty work includes:
o Free-food programs serving hundreds of unhoused and food-insecure families every week;
o Supplying the City’s Food Pharmacy program;
o Extensive research on local food access and buying habits;
o Distribution space at the SF Wholesale Produce Market.

Population(s) Served

As many as 1/3 of San Francisco’s unhoused population is in Bayview-Hunters Point. Our Bayview Homelessness Outreach Workers support the organization, the City’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing and Homelessness Outreach Team, and the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood by regularly canvassing District 10 neighborhoods, assessing community needs, connecting individuals to services, and collaborating on projects developed by the Advocates and HSH.

We are also the primary SF partner of the regional Umoja Health COVID-19 initiative. We have hired experienced leaders in youth and community outreach to recruit, train, and lead cohorts of residents, youth, and volunteers to reach marginalized communities and vulnerable populations for education, testing, treatment options, and vaccines. Our efforts focus on more labor-intensive work in underesourced and underserved communities, where there are gaps in COVID-19 awareness and vaccinations.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people

The Co-op Lab is a mentorship and development program for cooperative and public-serving enterprises. Clients in the program will receive regular, intensive coaching regarding development of their concepts into strategic and/or business plans; registration and compliance requirements and regulatory processes; fundraising; and market testing. Clients will have staffed access to our Produce Market office space for consultations and their planning activities once the space is furnished and operational.

The program includes:
• Strategic and business plan creation principles, practices, and development
• Assessment and testing of feasibility, timeline and workplans
• Connection with resources and additional mentors or coaches
• Coaching through formation and regulatory process

We seek support to build capacity for this new program and its clients.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people

We've created a Youth Advocates program for neighborhood public health outreach and Community Toxic Index research. We seek to build the program into a full-fledged apprenticeship in environmental justice and community organizing with these values:
• Community-based, community-led research
• Shared work in a variety of physical and economic spaces
• A broad network of advisors to test ideas and vet research
• Experience in navigating bureaucratic frameworks
• Supportive and patient work environments.

The Youth Advocates program will train and mentor the next generation of citizen leaders in our neighborhood, giving them a foundation of skills in advocacy, local data analysis, and community outreach. The program provides uniquely enhanced educational and professional training and opportunities, tightly woven with our strong connections to Bayview-Hunters Point communities and outreach efforts dedicated to relieving the burdens of food insecurity, homelessness, and poverty.

Population(s) Served

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Financials

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/7/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
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Female

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