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Valencia Gardens is an inhabited place. Valencia Gardens was built in 1943 under the U.S. Housing Authority's slum clearance program and sponsored by the Housing Authority of the City and County of San Francisco (SFHA). Valencia Gardens was the fourth housing project developed by the SFHA. The property suffered from many problems directly related to its age, including deteriorated or obsolete sewage, plumbing, and electrical systems, dysfunctional unit designs, deteriorated landscaping, lack of usable community facilities, rodent infestation, and inoperable fire ladders. In addition, the original design was problematic for site security and did not meet HUD HOPE VI or SFHA design goals of providing defensible, safe space. A new design providing individual "ownership" of each home's space and a non-institutional setting similar to the rest of the neighborhood's housing stock was needed.