By Jessie Stuart04/07/15

Securing a Permanent Home for United Playaz

Trumark Urban joined the staff of United Playaz and the fundraising team to celebrate a massive accomplishment—purchasing a permanent headquarters for United Playaz. It was a night of delicious food and drinks with numerous heartfelt toasts and speeches that celebrated the hard work and accomplishment.

United Playaz, a critical, SOMA-based youth violence prevention and youth leadership organization bought its center at 1038 Howard Street, San Francisco. In the face of escalating rents and increasing costs of living, United Playaz can now continue its mission to serve imperiled youth across San Francisco. Rudy Corpuz of United Playaz was overjoyed on the acquisition, saying “This purchase was vital to United Playaz and our ability to stay in SOMA and continue our work in building pathways of success for our youth. I always say ‘it takes the hood to save the hood.’

Partners included: Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, Supervisor Jane Kim, The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, The SOMA Stabilization Fund, Chris Foley, Trumark Urban, Forest City, Platinum Advisors, Folsom Street Manager LLC, Pinterest, Millennium Partners, Devine & Gong, Ron Conway and the San Francisco Pro-bono Legal Team at Perkins Coie LLP.

Mayor Ed Lee said, “We are proud to be a part of the solution to keep United Playaz in the community. It takes one City to preserve and build strong communities in the City. I am inspired my office can play a role in keeping our nonprofit organizations, like United Playaz, in the City serving the City’s communities.” Supervisor Jane Kim was overjoyed and said, “I am ecstatic United Playaz will stay as an integral part of the fabric of the SOMA community. It is hard to fight for nonprofits to stay in the City during this affordability crisis. This is one victory and United Playaz is a model that yes, we can, keep nonprofits vibrant in San Francisco.”

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