Dedication​ ​Ceremony​ ​For ​Bill​ ​Sorro​ ​Community​ ​Affordable​ ​Housing Designed ​by​ ​Kennerly​ ​Architecture​ ​&​ ​Planning

Mercy Housing California, Bill Sorro Community, Kennerly Architecture & Planning, Sixth Street Lodging House District, Hugo Hotel, Arc of San Francisco, South of Market Child Care,

SAN​ ​FRANCISCO,​ ​CA​ – On December 15, 2017, Mercy Housing California will dedicate Bill Sorro Community, a new 67-unit affordable family housing community in San Francisco’s South of Market area designed by Kennerly Architecture & Planning. The ceremony will take place at the building from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at 1009 Howard Street at the corner of Sixth Street.

Named after the local social and economic justice activist Bill Sorro, who died in 2007, the new mixed-use building reanimates a derelict corner in the heart of the historic Sixth Street Lodging House District. Previously, the site was occupied by the Hugo Hotel, vacant since a fire burned the interior in 1988. Above the double-height ground-floor retail space, the new building divides into two masonry volumes that respond to the neighborhood’s historic fabric. A nine-story tower marks the intersection; the other tower steps down along Sixth.

The building includes eight studio apartments, 24 one-bedroom units, 25 two-bedroom units, and 10 three-bedroom units. Fifty-three units are for individuals and families earning between 40 and 50 percent of area median income. The other 14 units are earmarked for low-income adults with developmental disabilities; these are financed by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities program. The Arc of San Francisco will provide supportive services for these residents.

“By integrating developmentally disabled adults living within a larger multifamily community, the Bill Sorro Community represents a new model for supportive housing for adults with developmental disabilities,” said Barbara Gualco, Director of Real Estate Development​ ​at Mercy Housing California.

In addition to neighborhood-serving retail, the building includes a family resource center operated by South of Market Child Care, Inc., offering parenting classes and family case management to neighborhood residents. The prominent corner space has been leased by BiNi’s Kitchen, a Nepalese restaurant, while the smaller space has been leased by the Falafel King. The roof terrace on the ninth floor offers residents outdoor space and views of the city.

About​ ​Kennerly​ ​Architecture​ ​&​ ​Planning
Since 1999, San Francisco’s Kennerly Architecture & Planning has made innovative urban buildings a cornerstone of its practice. From infill projects in delicate neighborhoods to mixed-use commercial and multifamily buildings on large brownfield sites, Kennerly’s work has been recognized locally and nationally for its excellence and creative engagement with surrounding communities and environments. For more information, visit

About​ ​Mercy​ ​Housing​ ​California
Mercy Housing California (MHC) is the largest regional division of national nonprofit Mercy Housing, Inc. (MHI), headquartered in Denver and founded in 1981 with the mission to create stable, vibrant, and healthy communities by developing, financing and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities. To date, with a presence in 41 states and 200+ cities, MHI has developed, preserved and financed more than 45,800 affordable homes nationwide, both rental and single family, serving more than 152,600 adults and children on any given day. Mercy Housing California has developed over 130 rental properties across 36 counties serving low- and very low-income working poor families, senior citizens, persons who are homeless and people with disabilities and persons living with HIV/AIDS. For more information about Mercy Housing, please visit

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