These 98 rental units of supportive affordable housing serve tenants with special needs, such
as physical and developmental disabilities, HIV/AIDS, and chronic homelessness. Folsom + Dore is
the first new building in San Francisco to receive a LEED Silver rating, and its sustainable features
both reduce its environmental impact and curtail the energy costs borne by residents. The entry
garden court and green stair, filled with giant bamboo, provide a transitional decompression space
between the homes and the hard urban environment outside. Residential parking has been greatly
reduced, making way for a hybrid car-share vehicle and protected bicycle parking.
Inside Folsom + Dore
We visited Folsom + Dore with photographer Bill Owens> to meet the residents of these supportive apartments in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood.
Computer rendering of "nested" units: A studio with sleeping alcove and, to the right, a one-bedroom unit.
Upper floor plan. Image: David Baker Architects
Ground floor plan. Image: David Baker Architects
Video made by the Home Depot Foundation for the 2007 Award of Excellence: Affordable Housing Built Responsibly presentation at Greenbuild 2007. “In Folsom + Dore Apartments, Citizens Housing Corporation has created one of the most innovative, multi-dimensional green affordable housing projects in the country. Redeveloping a brownfield site in an up-and-coming neighborhood and creating a transit-oriented development that provides efficient, healthy and affordable apartments to low- and very low-income residents with special needs is a noteworthy accomplishment. To do so while sensitively addressing community concerns and achieving LEED Silver certification is truly remarkable.” —Home Depot Foundation Awards Advisory Committee