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South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN)

During the late 1990s, spurred on by the Dot Com Boom, many parts of San Francisco were reeling from rapid gentrification. SOMA, one of the last affordable neighborhoods in the City, suddenly became unaffordable. Many small businesses, non-profits, immigrants, working-class residents and their families that have called SOMA home since the early 1900s, were suddenly facing displacement.

In 2000, as a direct response to the increasing threats in the sustainability of the SOMA community, SOMCAN was formed by community leaders from youth, senior, veteran, Filipino, and housing organizations to address gentrification and displacement issues. SOMCAN built a resident base that would educate, organize, and mobilize the neighborhood in fighting for their basic human rights to live, work, and thrive in SOMA and San Francisco. Since inception, SOMCAN has been able to achieve major victories for the community.


The South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN) is a multi-racial, community-based organization, serving low-income immigrant youth and families in SOMA, Excelsior, and greater San Francisco since 2000.

SOMCAN organizes, supports and informs the SOMA community through leadership development, advocacy, direct services, and referrals.

SOMCAN believes in uplifting the voices of immigrant, people-of-color, and low-income communities, so they will be heard in local policy-making decisions and so civic offices are accountable to their needs.

 
 

Staff

 
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angelica cabande

ORGANIZATIONAL DIRECTOR

Angelica support and guidance to the staff, advancing the mission of SOMCAN and ensuring coordination between the different programs and campaigns within the organization.

acabande@somcan.org

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TJ BASA

FUND DEVELOPMENT + COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

TJ coordinates grassroots fundraising initiatives and manages SOMCAN's website, newsletter, and social media accounts.

funddevelopment@somcan.org

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DAVID WOO

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

David provides support for engagement with land use issues and works to advance SOMCAN's community planning goals.

dwoo@somcan.org

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LIAN LADIA

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ORGANIZER

Lian mediates to provide mutual involvement between community action, active partners, and the arts.

lladia@somcan.org

 
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RAYMOND CASTILLO

LEAD ORGANIZER

Raymond oversees SOMCAN’s programs and membership organizing, as well as provides outreach, counseling, legal referral services, and know-your-rights workshops.

tenantorganizer@somcan.org

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GENE ALEJO

TENANT COUNSELOR

Gene provides outreach, counseling, legal referral services, know-your-rights workshops in Tagalog and English.

tenantcounselor@somcan.org

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Paul Barrera

OUTREACH ASSOCIATE

Paul assists with outreach efforts to the SOMA community at large.

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MARY CLAIRE AMABLE

TRANSIT JUSTICE ORGANIZER

Claire is the lead organizer for SOMCAN's transit justice and pedestrian safety campaigns.

mamable@somcan.org

 
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ANDREW ROGGE

PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

Andrew provides assistance with housing case management and job search services in English and Spanish.

andrew@somcan.org

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Ericka Martynovych

WORKFORCE COORDINATOR

Ericka coordinates the workforce program, providing job search support, workforce development and training, counseling, and legal referral services.

emartynovych@somcan.org

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JUVY BARBONIO

UNITED FAMILIES CASE WORKER

Juvy provides English and Tagalog outreach, support services, and referrals for the United Families/Familias Unidas program.

unitedfamilies@somcan.org

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LOURDES FIGUEROA

FAMILIAS UNIDAS CASE WORKER

Lourdes provides English and Spanish outreach, support services, and referrals for the United Families/Familias Unidas program.

familiascoordinator@somcan.org

 
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Ramon bonifacio

TENANT COUNSELOR

Ramon provides outreach, counseling, legal referral services, and know-your-rights workshops in Tagalog and English.

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PJ EUGENIO

YOUTH COORDINATOR

PJ runs the youth programs, YOHANA and HIPHY.

youthcoordinator@somcan.org

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ALEXA DRAPIZA

YOUTH ORGANIZER

Alexa provides mentorship and guidance to participants of YOHANA and HIPHY.

youthorganizer@somcan.org

 

Interns

 
 

BRANDON BALIDIO

JOSE EMMANUEL DIAZ

NYTEIA TYLER

KYLA WILLIAMS

 

Advisory Board

 
 

Joseph Smooke, Chair

Diana Marie Lee

Matthias Mormino

Leslie Rabine

Jack Stephens

 

Fundraising Committee

 
 

SEAN GREENE

KAREN PIñEDA

LESLIE RABINE

KAYLYN VELASCO

Fiscal Sponsor

 

Filipino American Development Foundation (FADF)

FADF is SOMCAN's 501.c.3 Fiscal Sponsor. FADF is a non profit that exists to strengthen the social, physical, and economic well being of the Filipino American community and the SOMA community with special attention to the underserved segments of the community.

Community Partners

 
 

DISTRICT 6 SUPERVISOR MATT HANEY’S OFFICE

ASIAN LAW CAUCUS

ASIAN-PACIFIC ISLANDER LEGAL OUTREACH

BAYANIHAN EQUITY CENTER

BILL SORRO HOUSING PROGRAM

BINDLESTIFF STUDIO

CAUSA JUSTA :: JUST CAUSE

CHINESE PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION

CHINESE FOR AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

COMMUNITIES UNITED FOR HEALTH AND JUSTICE

FILIPINO COMMUNITY CENTER

GALING BATA / FILIPINO EDUCATION CENTER

KEARNY STREET WORKSHOP

MANILATOWN HERITAGE FOUNDATION

MIGRANTE SOMA-TENDERLOIN

PLAZA 16 COALITION

PODER

ST. PATRICK'S CHURCH

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION

SAN FRANCISCO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

SENIOR AND DISABILITY ACTION

TRINITY PLAZA TENANTS ASSOCIATION

UNITED PLAYAZ

WEST BAY MULTI-SERVICE CENTER

YOUTH LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

 

Coalitions

 

ANTI-DISPLACEMENT COALITION

ASIAN-PACIFIC ISLANDER COALITION

BUDGET JUSTICE COALITION

COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY HOUSING ORGANIZATIONS

GOOD JOBS FOR ALL

JOBS WITH JUSTICE SAN FRANCISCO

MARKET STREET FOR THE MASSES

SAN FRANCISCO RISING

SOMA ACTION COMMITTEE

SOMA COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE

SOMA PILIPINAS FILIPINO CULTURAL HERITAGE DISTRICT

SRO FAMILIES UNITED

TRANSIT JUSTICE COALITION

UNITED FOR HOUSING JUSTICE

WORKERS RIGHTS COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE