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.
Angelica proveds support and guidance to the staff, advancing the mission of SOMCAN and ensuring coordination between the different programs and campaigns within the organization.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ORGANIZER
Lian mediates to provide mutual involvement between community action, community planning, social equity, and the arts.
SOMA TENANT ORGANIZER
Raymond oversees SOMCAN’s programs and membership organizing, as well as provides outreach, counseling, legal referral services, and know-your-rights workshops.
Gene provides English and Tagalog outreach, counseling, legal referral services, know-your-rights workshops in the SOMA and Excelsior.
UNITED FAMILIES CASE WORKER
Juvy provides English and Tagalog outreach, support services, and referrals for the United Families/Familias Unidas program.
COMMUNITY SERVICES WORKER
Ramon assist clients with resolving and identifying resources to meet their needs.
PJ provides job search support, workforce development and training, counseling, and legal referral services in both English and Tagalog.
Alexa oversees SOMCAN youth-led program YOHANA(Youth Organizing Home and Neighborhood Action).
Joseph Smooke, Chair
Diana Marie Lee
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.