City launches new community hub to serve Pacific Islander residents

By Bay City News

By Bay City News

San Francisco’s Pacific Islander community welcomed the new Pacific Islander Community Hub in The City’s Bayview neighborhood.

The new resource center is known as “The Hut” and is located at Room 2450, 150 Executive Park Blvd.

The Hut is a joint project between The City and several community organizations in an effort to address the specific needs of Pacific Islanders — a community that has been a part of The City’s history for more than 100 years and continues to grow.

The Hut will provide food programs, job training, and help with connecting to other resources like health care and relief funds, according to city officials.

Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton was able to advocate for the funding for The Hut in this year’s current budget cycle, he said.

“It is important to invest in a community-led COVID-19 response and recovery plan that ensures its services are culturally competent and appropriate for the community that it serves,” he said in a statement.

The Hut will be assisted by the Bayview Essential Services Hub and partners that include Bay Area Community Resources, Young Community Developers and the Latino Task Force.

“As a Pacific Islander leader, this is a celebration and a great milestone,” said SFUSD Board of Education Vice President Faauuga Moliga. Moliga is the first Pacific Islander elected official in The City’s history.

“We’ve been doing this work for a long time. This is a place of service for everyone. Everyone is loved and accepted in this space,” Moliga said.

“This is restoring hope to a community that felt hopeless,” noted Pacific Islander Community Hub Director Gaynor Siataga. “We’ve been here for over 100 years and many of us have been providing pro bono services to our community for decades. This has been a long time coming and we will not wait another 100 years to make sure our community is served.”

The Hut will be open on Mondays and Fridays for drop-in hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For an appointment, call (415) 240-6720.

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