Western Addition History and Resources

If you have a class or group that is interested in a community walk, please send an email to engage@usfca.edu.

The Western Addition and the University of San Francisco are deeply interconnected, not just geographically, but through history and intergenerational relationships. As the City’s first university we are uniquely situated to address issues related to the poverty and inequality in the Western Addition, and we do this work in partnership with residents and service providers to address a lack of access to high quality, affordable housing, healthcare, and education. This initiative draws upon the history of community engagement at the University of San Francisco and recognizes the unique potential of working with residents to achieve community-identified goals.

Gleeson Library Western Addition Resource page- Thanks to Carol Spector, USF reference librarian, for creating this Western Addition resource page. If you have additions or correction, please email Karin Cotterman, Director of Engage San Francisco kmcotterman@usfca.edu

Western Addition by the Numbers

As reported by the American Community Survey in 2016, the Black identified population in San Francisco was 4.78%, and in the Western Addition it was just over 20%. 

Economic disparities in San Francisco disproportionately impact African American families. The 2019 San Francisco Community Health Needs Assessment Report states that the median income for African American families was $28,000, compared to $111,000 for white households. Health and education inequities are exacerbated by systemic racism and classism that impacts Black families.