“Gloria gets me so motivated!” – Donna Fontenot*
, a teaching artist, moved to Bayview Commons with her husband Kenith in November 2011 after he had been diagnosed with kidney disease. They had left their home in Las Vegas because he could only get his kidney replaced in San Francisco. After waiting four years, in October of 2015, Kenith finally got a new kidney and his health is now slowly improving. Despite being in a completely new city, not only was Gloria was able to take care of her husband but she also advocated for other residents to make Bayview Commons a better home for everyone.
In the last four years while living at Bayview Commons, Gloria earned a Bachelor’s degree from Mills College, she continued to perform, created her own skincare product, taught as a substitute teacher, and got into a prestigious Master of Fine Arts program at Goddard College. Her goal is to start her own production company, making creative and educational television shows for children.
* Donna Fontenot is the Bayview Commons Resident Service Coordinator and Certified Life Coach
The Jackson* family came to the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation after living in their Bayview home for 12 years. Their two small children had known their rented house as “home” for their entire lives. As a writer and teacher, Mr. and Ms. Jackson were lucky to have an apartment under rent control – until their landlord began harassing them. Their landlord had already forced out the Jacksons’ neighbors to bypass rent control and triple his profits. Now, the landlord had turned his attention to the Jacksons, and had been threatening to kick their family out. Without a rent-controlled apartment, the Jackson family had no option but to leave San Francisco and the Bayview neighborhood that they love.
Desperate, the Jackson family came to San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC) seeking help. They took our workshops, attended individual financial counseling, and were referred to a partner organization for legal help. Through our layered services, they were eventually able to purchase an affordable condominium that SFHDC had developed. “I don’t know what we would have done without you,” Mr. Jackson told us, “You saved this family!”
*Name changed for privacy.