About Us


It is the mission of the Tabernacle Community Development Corporation to help preserve the cultural diversity of San Francisco by:

  1. Providing much needed economic and social service programs targeting ethnically diverse low and moderate-income residents in the Bayview Hunters Point, Ocean Merced Ingleside, and Western Addition/Fillmore neighborhoods.
  2. Fostering and providing programmatic opportunities aimed at stopping the mass departure of Black Families and other disadvantaged people from leaving San Francisco; and
  3. Cultivating cultural, economic, and social communities through the development of clean, and affordable housing designed to ensure safe, healthy and vibrant neighborhoods.


In the late 1990s in an effort to even better serve the community they were called to join forces by former Mayor, the Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr. Understanding the power of collaboration and determining what could be accomplished cooperatively to address social service needs of their parishioners, the TCDC was incorporated on February 22, 2001. Subsequently it was granted tax exempt status on January 14, 2002 becoming a 501c-3 organization. And what better way to serve members of their collective congregations than by providing them with neighborhood access to a safe, clean and affordable place to live.

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 in developing affordable rental units 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.

The churches have an impressive history developing low cost housing programs, homeownership initiatives, senior housing and addressing homeless issues. As a result, each minister has significant experience with affordable housing development. Collectively 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.