CBD Overview

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The Tenderloin District

The Tenderloin District is home to many residencies, small businesses, hotels, schools, nonprofits, parks, theaters, restaurants, United Nations Plaza and much more. The Tenderloin has continuously been a vanguard of social change and deserves to be recognized as such. It is a neighborhood whose history is as uniquely diverse as its people.

What is a CBD?

A Community Benefit District (CBD) is a formally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in a defined region. CBDs vary in the supplemental services they provide, such as public safety, maintenance, marketing, and capital improvements. The efforts are funded by a special assessment paid by the property owners in the district. A CBD is a public/private partnership, which allows governing bodies and property/business owners to unite in a collective effort for the maintenance, development, and promotion of their commercial district.

About the Tenderloin CBD

The Tenderloin Community Benefit District (TLCBD) works relentlessly to provide a clean and safe environment. Strong community partnerships and supportive collaboration with city agencies will create positive change in the Tenderloin neighborhood. Organization services are focused on implementing neighborhood improvements around the physical environment, economic development, and neighborhood pride.

Starting in 2005 a non-profit 501c3 was established collaboratively by community leaders and property owners. The city and neighborhood adopted the TLCBD management plan to work towards a mission of neighborhood improvement for all within the district boundaries.

A Board of Directors, made up of Tenderloin property owners, residents, business owners and other stakeholders oversees the management of the TLCBD. The full-time management team leads the day-to-day operations of TLCBD initiatives and programs including: maintenance and safe passage of our streets, coordination with City agencies, interaction with our valued residents, and business support services. Our Clean Team ensure a positive experience for visitors and residents.

Our Core Purpose Framework


To Lead the Evolution of the Tenderloin into a Vibrant Community for ALL

The TLCBD Vision 2020 is a multi-year, multi-faceted healthy neighborhood program to improve the Usability, Livability and Sustainability of the Tenderloin. The program is an implementation strategy that grows from and is guided by our core purpose:


Vision 2020 is illustrated in our core framework, which is comprised of three principle focus areas that guide the TLCBD’s work to positively impact the neighborhood.


The physical environment of a neighborhood is made up of three major components: clean, safe, and inviting public space. Without these characteristics neighborhoods are less likely to be usable, livable, or sustainable.

Having safe, clean, welcoming places for the community to connect to is essential to the health of a neighborhood. Projects to improve the physical environment around the Tenderloin include:

  • Clean Team

  • Safe Passage

  • Larkin Street Lighting

  • Hyde/Turk Park

  • Banners

  • Taylor Street Improvements

  • Cameras

  • Wellness Trail


An important element of a healthy neighborhood is Neighborhood Pride. The way residents and businesses think and talk about their neighborhood plays a major role in determining how they use the neighborhood.

The TLCBD is nurturing that pride through a variety of projects and programs Including:

  • Banners

  • Safe Passage

  • Wellness Trail

  • Community Meetings

  • Community Engagement


One of the keys to a healthy neighborhood is economic opportunity. Whether that means creating jobs, keeping jobs and businesses, or recruiting businesses, a healthy neighborhood is one where opportunity and potential employment for the community exists and thrives. The TLCBD is currently creating jobs and supporting business through its projects and programs including:

  • Clean Team

  • Safe Passage

  • Safe Passage Senior

  • Larking Street Association

  • TLCBD Office

  • Other Partnership