Rene Cazenave Apartments

25 essex Street

Rene Cazenave Apartments

25 essex Street

Rene Cazenave Apartments

Rene Cazenave Apartments were developed in cooperation between HomeRise and BRIDGE Housing, and designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects. The project was selected by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA), to develop affordable housing in the new Transbay Redevelopment Area. Rene Cazenave Apartments is the first of several development sites that will serve as a gateway to the SFRA’s vision of a new “main street” along Folsom Street. HomeRise is the owner and property manager of the site, while Citywide provides on-site support services and counseling. Rene Cazenave began lease-up in late 2013.


Rene Cazenave Apartments is a mid-rise, eight-story building that includes a total of 120 apartments. Twelve of these apartments are 1-bedroom units, while 108 are studios. Overall, 10% of the units are handicap accessible and all other units are adaptable for handicap use. Ground floor spaces include a wide range of programming space, a private courtyard, and two retail spaces. The roof also offers open air gardens. All tenants are formerly homeless individuals and are referred for housing through the San Francisco Department of Public Health.


2015 AIA Design Awards, Citation Award
2014 Grand Winner, Affordable, Multifamily Executive
2014 Award of Merit for Best Affordable Project 60 Du/Acre or More from PCBC


Rene Cazenave was a longtime community organizer and activist in San Francisco and a HomeRise board member for 20 years. Rene worked on multiple land issues, San Francisco political campaigns, and affordable housing matters, and he co-founded the Council of Community Housing Organizers in 1978. Rene passed away in June 2010.

Property Manager: HomeRise

Service Provider: ucsf city wide

Opened:  2013

Demographic: Single adults

Number of units:  120

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