CBD Overview

The District    What is a CBD?     About the CBD     Core Purpose   Safe Team    Clean Team


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

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

Read more about our core framework.


Safe Passage


In 2008, a group of mothers came together to find new ways to keep their children safe. Today, Safe Passage is a coalition of mothers, youth, seniors, volunteers and service providers who are building a culture of safety under the umbrella of the TLCBD. Safe Passage works to help people feel safe and be safe through Education, Involvement, and Visibility.

Visit our program page to learn more.

For questions or to request information on Safe Passage click HERE.

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Clean Team

The TLCBD Clean Team prioritizes neighborhood cleanliness. The Clean Team diligently works to enhance the pedestrian experience within the district by keeping the public spaces of the Tenderloin maintained and aesthetically-appealing. 

Contracted by Block by Block since 2017, the Clean Team focuses on the beautification and maintenance of Tenderloin’s sidewalks and public areas.

To request service, click here.

For more information, visit our Clean Team program page.