Posted March 28, 2018 11:15am The first thing you see when you step into a brown flat is a wall of bright orange lights.
These lights are usually the source of a great deal of excitement in the building’s kitchen, where the occupants have set up their own little community of sorts.
“They’ll have their own place, and they’ll have a place for guests to hang out, and all that kind of stuff,” says one resident.
But this isn’t a normal place.
There are no tables, chairs, or other objects to sit on, and the space is completely empty.
The kitchen is filled with shelves filled with food and a few tables, but there are none of the amenities typical of a traditional kitchen.
The residents are living in what they call a “fantasy kitchen.”
This isn’t just a place to eat, it’s a place where people meet to socialize.
“It’s kind of a magical environment,” says Liza Brown, the owner of the brown flat, which is part of the San Francisco Housing Authority’s new Urban Outreach Initiative.
“This is not a kitchen, it is a place that allows for a community.”
It’s the first step toward making San Francisco a more diverse place, according to Urban Outcomes, which was established by the San Franciscans to encourage people to become more involved in the community.
The initiative is currently recruiting more than 3,000 residents for what is shaping up to be a very special program.
“We are excited to be able to be part of a program that is truly transformative in San Francisco,” says Urban Outcome CEO and CEO Scott Brown.
“As we enter our fourth year of working with these residents, we are seeing how they’re working to build a community, and we want to be on their side.”
Brown says the program is designed to empower people to connect and to grow in the city.
“By the end of this year, we expect to have over 400 people living here,” he says.
“To see a place like this come together to make the city a better place is something that we are all very excited about.”
Brown’s dream is for the residents of San Francis neighborhood to become part of an organization called the Urban Outdoors Initiative.
In the first two years of Urban Outlook’s existence, Brown says they have been able to connect about 250 people, including some people who were previously homeless.
Brown says he wants to create an organization that would work with people to develop and expand the community, not just for itself, but for others as well.
“The Urban Outworks program will be a community where residents of these neighborhoods will be able get together and get to know each other, where they can be together, where their neighbors can be with each other,” Brown says.
The program is currently looking for a few hundred more residents to join.
“There’s a lot of potential for a lot more growth in this program,” Brown adds.
“I think it’s something that can really make a difference in the future.”