BHNC grew out of almost 500 neighbors in 1978 successfully opposing high-end development and gentrification of the neighborhood, and creating San Francisco’s first Special Use District (SUD). This district was designed to hold residential development to a scale consistent with the existing community as a way to limit the escalation of property values and protect economic diversity.

Today, we are a complex organization working across service sectors (seniors and youth direct services; job development; affordable housing development; community engagement), geographical areas (Bernal Heights, the Excelsior, housing development citywide), and demographics (staff languages include Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and English) in order to provide access for the broadest range of people in our community.