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Friendship House

The Village SF, a new urban Indian development slated to open in 2025, has the support of several tribes, social service organizations, and philanthropists that have asked the California Legislature to fund the project this session.

In 2020, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors designated a portion of San Francisco's Mission District an American Indian Cultural District. The cornerstone of the district will be The Village SF, a development that includes interim supportive housing, a clinic, workforce development, treatment and recovery services, nutrition services, and community and cultural space for the 9,000 Native Americans living in San Francisco.

More than 90% of Native Americans and Alaska Natives in California live in cities, but services for this population remains largely underfunded.

“Friendship House and The Village SF represent the kind of community-led, equitable development we should invest in,” said impact investor and philanthropist Kat Taylor. “Culturally appropriate services often generate better rates of long-term success when people are fully seen in all aspects of their identity. The Village SF will allow San Francisco’s oldest urban Indian agency to build an even stronger community, with programs designed by and for Native peoples.”

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About the Village SF:
Opening its doors in 2025, The Village SF on an annual basis will:

  • Serve over 3,700 Native Americans with health/social services and cultural programming;
  • Provide medical, dental, and behavioral health services to 2,670 patients;
  • Provide program and cultural space for 500 Native youth;
  • Provide program and cultural space for 200 Native elders;
  • Provide interim supportive housing for 10 Native mothers and their children in recovery;
  • Provide interim supportive housing for 10 recovery program graduates pursuing social work;
  • Employ 24 professional staff.

Supporters:

  • London Breed, Mayor of San Francisco
  • Kat Taylor, Principal, Office of Kat Taylor
  • Joe Davis, Tribal Chairman, Hoopa Valley Tribe
  • Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge, Yurok Tribe
  • Kenneth Kahn, Tribal Chairman, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
  • Ayanna Bennett, MD, MSPH, FAAP, Chief Health Equity Officer, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Brian Cheu, Community Development Director, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
  • April McGill (Yuki, Wappo), Executive Director, American Indian Cultural Center
  • Sharaya Souza (Taos Pueblo, Ute, Kiowa), Executive Director, American Indian Cultural District
  • Sandra R. Hernandez, MD, President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation
  • Natalie Aguilera (Oklahoma Choctaw), Chief Administrative Office, Native American Health Center
  • Virginia Hendrick, MPH (Yurok), Executive Director, California Consortium for Urban Indian Health
  • Chad Dyer and Tenah Dyer, Future Allies
  • Dolores Huerta, President and Camila Chavez, Executive Director, Dolores Huerta Foundation
  • Keir Johnson-Reyes (Osage Nation), Technical Assistance Director, Intertribal Agriculture Council
  • Andrea Carmen (Yaqui), Executive Director, International Indian Treaty Council
  • Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee), Executive Director, IllumiNative
  • Harold Mitchell Jr., Founder and Executive Director, The ReGenesis Project
  • Jason Losoya, Parent & Community Coordinator, San Francisco Unified School District Indian Education Program
  • Surina Khan, President and CEO, Women’s Foundation California
  • Adrianna Rocha, President, Neighborhood Funders Group
  • Sara Moncada (Yaqui), CEO, The Cultural Conservancy

Friendship House webpage: https://www.friendshiphousesf.org

The Village SF webpage: https://www.thevillagesf.org