7555 Mission Street is Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco’s largest development for affordable housing in San Francisco to date: 36 condominiums on the El Camino Real corridor in Daly City, just across San Francisco’s southern border, featuring 34 three-bedroom and two two-bedroom homes. The site had previously housed a Hertz Rent-a-Car lot, and was rezoned for a high-density infill development as a result of a partnership between Habitat Greater San Francisco and the City of Daly City. The building is located approximately one half-mile from the Colma BART station and is one of the marquee developments on the Grand Boulevard, the link between San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
This San Francisco affordable housing development is GreenPoint Rated by the local green building organization Build It Green. Incorporated into the development is a 162-panel photovoltaic installation on the building’s roof (the largest solar array of any Habitat for Humanity affiliate), drought tolerant landscaping, a gearless elevator, tankless water heaters, a secure podium parking structure including bicycle parking stations, the use of engineered lumber, and other sustainable construction materials and sustainable construction methods. The proximity to a variety of public transportation options also allows residents alternatives to owning cars, one of many intended benefits aimed at reducing long-term housing and transportation costs for families.
7555 Mission Street’s success has been recognized by awards from Habitat for Humanity International’s ‘Pioneers in Excellence’, Grand Boulevard Initiative, and Sustainable San Mateo County. The development was constructed with immense contributions of volunteer labor, utilizing 17 AmeriCorps volunteers, 27 Construction Interns, and 173 Regular Volunteers, who all made ongoing daily and weekly commitments in leading 11,400 community members, volunteering a total of 20,230 times for an astounding 157,200 hours donated over two years.