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Good Samaritan Apartments and Family Resource Center — a holistic approach to human and community development


1290 Potrero Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

Residential Population
Family Rental

Number of Units

Property Management

Caritas Property Management


Good Samaritan Apartments and Family Resource Center is a joint venture between Mission Housing Development Corporation and Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Inc., an organization providing services to recent immigrants since the 1890s. The development is giving low-income Mission District households access affordable housing and supportive services.

In addition to the twenty-unit housing complex, a 13,000 sq. ft. family and community resource center provides services such as: child care, tutorial programs for children, family literacy programs, family support, health promotion, and various referral services.

The housing complex and community center, completed in 1995, was constructed on a 16,000 square foot parcel. The new construction replaced Good Samaritan’s home for more than 80 years that was severely damaged and condemned after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The architect was Mark Horton in association with Simon Martin – Vegue Winkelstein Moris Architects (now Perkins + Will). The builder was James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp.

Design features

The family resource center and a portion of the housing were placed at the front of the site, behind which a series of objects with the majority of the housing acts as a backdrop. A series of tight, highly activated, exterior spaces occur between the separate buildings. — Mark Horton Architecture

Funding programs

Good Samaritan Apartments was developed using and operates with Federal housing financing. The property utilizes the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Federal housing program to make rent affordable to lower income tenants. This program incentivizes investors to inject capital into rental apartments for lower income Americans. The property, at the time of the tax credit allocation, was located in a Difficult Development Area qualifying it for additional tax credit financing.

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