Health & Wellness Centers
We placed “Healing” in the Center’s name with intention. Both those who create culture, and their audiences are transformed through the process of artistic expression. We are creating a space to develop an artistic voice for self expression that also provides significant emotional support and a means for artists and audiences to heal.
Shared business settings combined with business training and mentoring through programming at the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Arts Healing Center and Friendship House will foster growth of entrepreneurs and will also act as a hedge against encroaching gentrification. This will be accomplished through a combination of approaches reflecting varied training opportunities offered by local licensed service providers. Trained health promotoras (a vocational opportunity) will implement healthcare navigation and wellness activities within the community and integrate at the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Arts Healing Center, entrepreneurial and farming programs.
Home Ownership Through Wealth Stabilization
The centers of sustained economic, housing and community development and are driven by community priorities, assets, and culturally based resources.
Chronic rental poverty is transferred intergenerationally with reduced likelihood of homeownership over a lifetime. Yet with a financially stable home environment, families are more likely to navigate other obstacles.
The Wealth Building Through Home Ownership Initiative is a partnership between Friendship House, Cultura y Arte Nativa de las Américas (CANA), Pacific Housing West(PHW), the San Francisco Planning Department, the City of San Francsico Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development and Mission Housing Corporation to develop 2,149 units of affordable and middle-income housing in San Francisco.
The programs will include:
- Home Ownership
- Affordable Housing (Ownership and Rental)
- Shelter for the Unhoused
- Supportive Services
- Indigenous Peoples Cultural Arts Healing Center
Green Cultural Zone
Shared business settings combined with business training and mentoring through programming at the Indigenous Peoples Cultural Arts Healing Center and Friendship House will foster growth of entrepreneurs and will also act as a hedge against encroaching gentrification. This will be accomplished through a combination of approaches reflecting varied training opportunities offered by local licensed service providers
The Green Cultural Zone will be located in San Francisco’s two neighboring and overlapping cultural districts, the American Indian Cultural District and Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, within the Mission District. The Green Cultural Zone vision includes three integrated pathways to achieve environmental justice. This effort combats pollution at the neighborhood level, energizes small businesses along the way and creates a workforce prepared for an economy adapting to climate change and sustainability.
Indigenous Community Garden & Ceremonial Space
Many Latino people emigrated from rural, farming areas in Latin America, where for generations they have followed traditional, indigenous methods of farming and cultivated native crops like maize, beans, chili, pumpkin, and avocados. Now these Latino communities are in urban settings like San Francisco and have been detached from their traditional ways of interacting with mother earth. The traditional concept of food maintains that it is a sacred gift imbued with power from the natural world, strengthening mind, body, and spirit. We want our Latino community, elders, and youth to put their hands in the soil and experience the miracle of planting a seed and watching it grow, as they have done so for generations in Latin America.