Chinatown

Chinatown Resource Guide

Community Organizations

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woman on phone There are hundreds of community resources in Chinatown, including historical and cultural centers, neighborhood and merchant organizations, health and senior centers, child care programs, and arts organizations.

The following list is intended to serve as a starting point to find organizations that support and promote the history and culture of Chinatown.

Cameron House
920 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
415.781.0401

Provides a wide range of social and educational services, including domestic violence assistance, bilingual legal aid, language tutorials, family counseling and youth leadership programs. Publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Chinese Current.


Chinatown Community Children's Center
979 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
415.986.2528

A Cantonese bilingual-bicultural child care center. The curriculum emphasizes pride in Chinese American cultural heritage and appreciation of a culturally diverse society. Priority is given to protective service cases and low-income families.

Chinatown Community Development Center
1525 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
415.984.1453

Dedicated to preserving the best of Chinatown's past, improving current conditions and planning for Chinatown's future. Assists tenant advocacy organizations and provides educational and recreational services to residents of low-cost housing projects.


Chinatown Youth Center
1693 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
415.775.2626

Established to help teens, the center provides counseling, cross-cultural resources, school dropout prevention, bilingual services and activities. Structures outreach programs for San Francisco middle schools and high schools. Offers parenting programs for Chinese parents.


Chinese American Citizens Alliance
1044 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
415.434.2222

Provides leadership and support for community projects. Advocates for fair reapportionment of congressional and local districts. Organizes voter registration campaigns and bilingual citizenship classes. Promotes equality in admissions policies to schools and universities.


Chinese for Affirmative Action
17 Walter U. Lum Place
San Francisco, CA 94108
415.274.6750

Advocates for social, political and economic issues affecting Asian Americans -- school desegregation, affirmative action and fair practices in employment and housing.


Chinese Chamber of Commerce
730 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
415.982.3000

Handles the business and promotional activities of Chinatown and aims for community improvement. Organizes the Chinese New Year Festival and the Miss Chinatown USA Pageant.


Chinese Community Housing Corporation
1525 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
415.984.1450

Works to integrate housing development and neighborhood improvement. Acquires sites and rehabilitates buildings to provide long-term, affordable, quality housing for low-income residents.


Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
843 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
415.982.6000

Advocacy for commerce and business in the community. Represents overseas Chinese in the United States in affairs of immigration, finance, business and education. Manages the Chinese Hospital and other charitable organizations.


The Gate to San Francisco's Chinatown Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
415.986.1822

Offers a variety of educational and cultural programs, including lectures, workshops, classes, art exhibits, dance and musical performances. Sponsors Chinese Heritage and Chinese Culinary Walks.

Chinese Historical Society of America
965 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
415.391.1188

Exhibits artifacts and photographs of the Chinese pioneers in California. Presents lectures and publishes a journal on Chinese American history.


Commodore Stockton Children's Center
954 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94908
415.291.7932

Provides year round child care for parents who are working or attending school. Before- and after-school programs for children age kindergarten to third grade.


Eastwind Bookstore
1435 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
415.772.5888

Chinatown's original community bookstore is today North America's best bilingual media source on China, Hong Kong and Chinese America. The store offers over 60,000 titles in books, music and film.


Kearny Street Workshop
166 South Park
San Francisco, CA 94107
415.543.0520

Promotes, preserves and presents art of the Asian American communities. Provides a base for artists who seek a connection to their roots, their history, their sense of community.


Self Help for the Elderly
407 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
415.982.9171

Multi-service organization for seniors. Offers services in health, housing, recreation and employment. Operates 7 senior nutrition/social service center sites. Provides home-delivered meals, employment training and placement, residential care, transportation services and an Alzheimer's day care program.


United States-China Educational Institute
1144 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
415.775.1151

Promotes collaborative projects in health, education and youth services. Sponsors summer youth programs, educational exchanges and an electronic communication network.


Wu Yee Children's Services
77 Stockton Street #202
San Francisco, CA
415.391.8993

Established by the Association for Children's Rights and Services. Programs offered include childcare information and referral, 3 care centers, parent education and support services, the Lending Library and bilingual early education classes.

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