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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

 
angelica cabande

angelica cabande

ORGANIZATIONAL DIRECTOR

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.

acabande@somcan.org

LIAN LADIA

LIAN LADIA

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ORGANIZER

Lian mediates to provide mutual involvement between community action, community planning, social equity, and the arts.

lladia@somcan.org

RAYMOND CASTILLO

RAYMOND CASTILLO

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.

tenantorganizer@somcan.org

GENE ALEJO

GENE ALEJO

TENANT COUNSELOR

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

tenantcounselor@somcan.org

 
JUVY BARBONIO

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

Ramon Bonifacio

Ramon bonifacio

COMMUNITY SERVICES WORKER

Ramon assist clients with resolving and identifying resources to meet their needs.

rbonifacio@somcan.org

PJ EUGENIO

PJ EUGENIO

EMPOLYMENT COUNSELING

PJ provides job search support, workforce development and training, counseling, and legal referral services in both English and Tagalog.

pjeugenio@somcan.org

ALEXA DRAPIZA

ALEXA DRAPIZA

YOUTH ORGANIZER

Alexa oversees SOMCAN youth-led program YOHANA(Youth Organizing Home and Neighborhood Action).

youthorganizer@somcan.org

 
 
 

Interns

 
 

KIMBERLY BUSTOS

ALYSSA DAULAT

Isabel Tayang

 

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 & Networks

 

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