wHY THIS PROJECT MATTERS
South Hayward is a dynamic community that is home to some of the most diverse census tracts in the nation. There are more than 50 languages spoken in the mile surrounding the future Stack Center and 60% of households speak a language other than English at home. It's a hardworking neighborhood that is home to some of the highest percentage of front line employees in the Bay Area. It is also a community where young people and families face many barriers to success.
The population in South Hayward has grown 40% in the past three decades, 12% more than the regional average, at the same time that the area has experienced commercial and service disinvestment. Long-time residents are now struggling with rising housing prices, but have not benefited from their share of the Bay Area's economic growth.
Faced with these challenges, resilient community members have combined forces with elected officials, faith-base organizations, and service providers. The Stack Center project represents the culmination of our vision to create a neighborhood anchor that will be a cultural center, service hub, and economic catalyst.