South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN)

Nonprofit advocacy organization

In 2000, as a direct response to the increasing threats in the sustainability of the SoMa community, the South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN) was formed by community leaders from the 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. SOMCAN is a multi-racial, community-based organization, serving low-income immigrant youth and families in SoMa 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 immigrants, 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.