SF Gate: United Playaz celebrates new home in Soma

United Playaz Youth Organization

By J.K. Dineen, Jill Tucker and Michael Cabanatuan

The motto of the United Playaz is “It takes the hood to save the hood.”

Over the past year the antiviolence youth organization has demonstrated that when your home is high-flying South of Market it takes a lot of friends — not to mention money — to buy a piece of the hood.

On Wednesday, United Playaz celebrated the $1.4 million acquisition of 1038 Howard St., its single-story clubhouse that draws hundreds of at-risk kids from Bessie Carmichael Elementary School as well as from the residential hotels around the corner on Sixth Street.

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