The TOAH Fund is an example of a highly collaborative public-private partnership to invest in improving local communities. Each of the partners is committed to increasing housing and services for low income families and to building healthier, more sustainable neighborhoods.
The following organizations took significant leadership roles in establishing the Fund:
Great Communities Collaborative
The Great Communities Collaborative (GCC) brings together a diverse set of nonprofit and philanthropic partners in the Bay Area focused on ensuring that at least half of the Bay Area’s new homes built by 2030 are in walkable communities in close proximity to public transit, at prices affordable to all. The GCC acted as the organizing entity to build the policy and programmatic platform that led to the creation of the TOAH Fund. A core working group of GCC members was instrumental in this effort, including the San Francisco Foundation, the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, and Reconnecting America. The GCC also provided important start-up grant support to the TOAH Fund.
Association of Bay Area Governments
Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is the regional planning agency for the nine counties and 101 cities and towns of the San Francisco Bay region. ABAG is leading FOCUS, a regional development and conservation strategy that promotes a more compact land use pattern for the Bay Area. FOCUS unites the efforts of four regional agencies, including ABAG and the MTC, into a single program that links land use and transportation by encouraging the development of complete, livable communities in areas served by transit. The target geographies of the TOAH Fund were chosen through the FOCUS program, and ABAG has provided extensive support to the creation of the Fund.
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The MTC directs state and federal grants to local agencies to support their efforts to implement the regional plan and, along with ABAG, provides support to local agencies to achieve their goals in Priority Development Areas. The TOAH Fund, which will invest in projects located in PDAs throughout the Bay Area, would not exist without the support of the MTC, which provided $10MM in funding to seed the Fund.
The following partners provided additional capital and support for the Fund.