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Project Snapshot: Asian Neighborhood Design

May 17, 2013
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Project Snapshot: A Woman’s Place

May 17, 2013
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0AWkm64Ghxmq1cJFmreLutT9_uuHXDJ-AHvCyrQYI_8,GNzveqaWe28AFZZ9y01Gqg-eI7ARiX5fZkfGIvzxB6kThe Project: A Woman’s Place (AWP) is the only gender-specific emergency shelter and transitional housing of its kind in San Francisco, providing a safe haven for homeless women and victims of crimes (domestic violence, rape, sexual assault) with a comprehensive range of flexible services, including health care, mental health counseling, case management services, and money management. The majority of shelters and transitional housing are geared towards women with children but AWP serves all women, including single, senior and transgendered  women, whom other agencies turn away and focus on the chronically homeless that are most at risk. Read More »

A Banker, a Lawyer, & a Developer Walk into a House…

May 3, 2013
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MoFo“A Banker, a Lawyer and a Developer walk into a house…..”   No, it’s not a joke, but it does have an ending that will make you smile! Read More »

Volunteer of the Month – Charlie Keen

May 2, 2013
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Charlie KeenCongratulations to Mr. Charlie Keen for his superior volunteer work, attention to details, and friendly personality while serving our clients.  We couldn’t ask for a better face to front our projects since 2000.  Your project management skills are immaculate; from providing task index cards to exceptional leadership qualities Rebuilding Together San Francisco could not be more proud to have you a part of our committed volunteer team!  Read More »

San Francisco – Cost of Living

Apr 25, 2013
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San Francisco is repeatedly ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the US in which to live. That should not come as any surprise to anyone who is only casually familiar with our city. Everything is pricey, which complicates things for RTSF clients. The majority of our clients are homeowners on fixed income. Social Security and Veterans Benefits help them cover utilities and taxes; Medical, Medicaid, and Medicare are there to mitigate medical costs. But these are not full rides. And there are some surprising reasons to be denied benefits. Read More »

Homeowner Profile – Ms. W – Bayview – Heroes at Home

Apr 17, 2013
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Although Ms. W lives in the Bayview now, she grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana, and still has cousins there, though her family is, she admits, ‘scattered all over the country.’ Like the Olympics, the family rotates reunions between cities where relatives have settled. ‘We last had it here in ’88, so it’s been awhile, but maybe real soon. Not ’14 but ’16,’ says Ms. W. Read More »

National Rebuilding Day – By the Numbers

Apr 5, 2013
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DSCN2283In March, Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies released a working paper validating the critical role that Rebuilding Together provides in the affordable housing industry and citing significant improvements made by affiliates across the country. They came to this conclusion by crunching the numbers. So we thought we might do the same.

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April Volunteer of the Month – Emily Marsh

Apr 1, 2013
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Emily-picThis month Rebuilding Together San Francisco is highlighting volunteer, intern and social media guru, Emily Marsh! Emily started interning with RTSF the end of November 2012 and was with us through the beginning of March 2013. Her attentive, driven and quick-witted personality was a great asset to our social media planning and strategy; as for our social media following and awareness, Emily enhanced these by leaps and bounds during her short period with us.    Read More »

A Place Worth Living In – the Economics of Volunteering

Mar 22, 2013
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Everyone in some way pays dues to their neighborhood, whether they realize it or not. They are financially invested into this private society by the simple acts of buying their groceries at the same store as their neighbors, by paying their bills to the same utility companies, by using the same thoroughfares to get around. The dollars which they have earned they are investing back into the place where they live. But different neighborhoods retain that investment in different ways. And financial investment does not always inspire emotional investment. Read More »

The Value of Volunteering

Mar 15, 2013
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119134352613111899What is the economic impact of volunteering? What is the financial benefit a free service can have for a community? Or put another way, what is the dollar value of time?

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