April 13, 2022 -- The Board of Third Baptist Gardens, in partnership with HumanGood Affordable Housing, celebrated the completion of the extensive renovations of Frederick Douglas Haynes Apartments (FD Haynes Apartments) at an event yesterday. FD Haynes Apartments is an affordable housing community in the historic Fillmore neighborhood of San Francisco, developed in the mid-1970s by Third Baptist Church, one of the oldest African American Churches in the city dating back to the mid-1800s.
The apartments were named after Pastor Frederick Douglas Haynes Sr. who led the church for over 38 years and built Haynes Apartments to provide affordable housing to African American families. Since 1976, the church has been led by Reverend Amos Brown, who has been a civic leader and advocate for keeping African Americans in San Francisco.
HumanGood leadership and dignitaries attended the event including Reverend Amos Brown, pastor, Third Baptist Gardens; Frederick D. Haynes III, pastor, Friendship West Baptist Church and Louise Renne, Renne Public Law Group.
“This event marks a significant milestone for San Francisco’s African American community,” said Kendra Roberts, vice president of operations at HumanGood. “For the last two decades, we’ve witnessed the African American population dwindle as costs of living rise, compounded by the COVID pandemic. We know these apartments will offer a lifeline for many.”
Earlier this month, residents of the 104-unit family community were able to return to fully renovated apartments with all new infrastructure including new electrical, plumbing, and all new kitchens, bathrooms, flooring in addition to a new community room, courtyard, children’s play structure, resident services coordinator’s office and resident BBQ area.