About Us


To stimulate growth in the community by developing residential, commercial and industrial projects. We accomplish this by:

  1. Promoting business development within targeted areas;
  2. Initiating coordinated health, education and social service support programs designed to empower impacted residents; and
  3. Leveraging collective resources to empower those who without support, might otherwise be displaced.


In the late 1990s, in an effort to even better serve the community, San Francisco’s Mayor, the Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr. called together five of San Francisco’s most prominent African American ministers and asked them to join forces to address community economic development. As a result, Tabernacle Community Development Corporation was incorporated in 2001 and on January 14, 2002 was granted tax-exempt status becoming a 501c-3 organization. Today TCDC is located in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood and the five original founders serve on the Board of Directors along with other professionals.

The organizations initial focus was economic development, youth education, and job skill training for unemployed and re-entry members of the community. In the first five years of existence TCDC successfully executed multiple education and program services. In 2007, after much prayer, deliberation, and research these five community stakeholders strategically decided to focus on building affordable housing units as a mechanism to help pay for program services. However, the primary objective is developing affordable rental units is to keep black families from leaving San Francisco and to build homes for sale that will increase ownership within the African American community. Today, with an enduring mission to direct positive economic and societal changes in underserved communities where their churches are located, the founders continue to leverage resources, build important community relationships, and create various partnerships, through shared efforts and joint ventures.

Collectively, the churches have an impressive history developing low cost housing programs, homeownership initiatives, senior housing, and addressing homeless issues. Individually, each minister has significant experience with affordable housing development, the five parishes currently own and sponsor over 1,000 units of low income and senior housing.


Collectively serving over 30,000 people annually, the TCDC churches are involved in numerous economic development agendas, community benefit activities and social service programs. Plus each church is linked with many important referrals and resources throughout the Bay Area. Programs are created and designed to promote safety, stability, security, and self-sufficiency for underserved and disadvantaged residents in diverse neighborhoods throughout San Francisco.

  • Education: The purpose of these programs is to promote continuous learning of many subjects targeting youth to seniors. Programs include workshops and seminars to address financial literacy, home ownership, parenting, budgeting, retirement strategies, tutoring and afterschool activities, to name a few.
  • Social Services: Assorted agendas created to meet urgent and critical needs of the community and include food banks, housing, child care, parenting, adult day care, afterschool youth enrichment activities, family therapy and legal counseling, etc.
  • Employment: The purpose of this program is to assist in obtaining jobs and self employment opportunities. Counseling, job search, resume writing workshops, skill building classes, and referrals to educational, entrepreneurship and vocation training, academic enrichment and college prep.
  • Homelessness Prevention: Emergency shelters and transitional housing referrals for at-risk families, people in recovery and ex offenders transitioning back into the community and providing shelter for nearly 300 homeless individuals and families nightly.
  • Health and Wellness: Nutrition workshops and exercise classes, awareness and prevention counseling, information and referrals and support for those living with Aids, HIV, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, glaucoma prevention and those in recovery.
  • In Jail and Re-entry: A model approach for transitioning individuals, both men and women, from jail back into communities in San Francisco with the ultimate goal of reducing the number who are re-incarcerated for new convictions.