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Karoleen Feng’s Speech at MEDA 1,000 Homes Saved Celebration

(Watch video of MEDA’s community-development work.) “Good evening. I want to welcome the community. Thank you for joining us this evening. My name is Karoleen Feng, and I am proud to be the director of Community Real Estate for the Mission Economic Development Agency.  “Tonight is our chance to all take a pause to celebrate not…

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Happy Cesar Chavez Day! 10 Best Quotes from the Civil Rights Leader

MEDA is intricately tied to Cesar Chavez. The mission of MEDA emulates that of the great leader, plus Plaza Adelante is just a few blocks from the Mission District’s Cesar Chavez Street, Also, one of the four Mission Promise Neighborhood schools is aptly named Cesar Chavez Elementary. As we take time out to commemorate the life of…

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Holiday Book Giveaway Brings out Hundreds to MEDA’s Plaza Adelante

The importance of reading can never be underestimated. The staff of the Mission Promise Neighborhood — for which MEDA is the lead agency — always keep this fact front of mind when speaking to our families, whether at community-based organizations or in the four schools that comprise this federal education initiative. To ensure that the…

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Double Duty by DoubleDutch: Thanksgiving Meal Donations and Volunteerism at MEDA Today

Everyone’s got a long shopping list for this Thursday’s Thanksgiving meal, but for some that list cannot easily be met … if at all. The habitually underresourced sometimes cannot fit the added expense of this holiday meal into their tight budget. This is true of a number of MEDA’s 7,000+ annual clients, with household incomes…

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“An American Dream?” Photo Voice Exhibit to Showcase Health Issues of Housing Crisis in the Mission

June is HUD’s first-ever “National Healthy Homes Month,” but a dearth of affordable housing is translating to stress-related health issues being the norm for the historically underserved Mission families. It’s definitely anxiety creating when you spend over 50 percent of your household income on an apartment in San Francisco, as is the case for the…

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Fundraiser for Two Mission Student College Scholarships

What: Mission Promise Neighborhood Scholarship Fundraiser When: Friday, April 15, 6pm to 9pm Where: Cease & Desist, 2331 Mission Street (near 19th) How: All tips and donations from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m will go toward the scholarships Why: Two college scholarships for John O’Connell High School students! One of the goals of the Mission Promise Neighborhood, for…

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“Get Connected!” Presented by Google Helps Mission Community

While most low-income Mission families know the need for being connected, they often don’t know how to get started. This is especially true of immigrants—newcomers to this country with myriad tech options from which to choose. That’s why the goal of today’s sixth “Get Connected!” event, held at MEDA’s Plaza Adelante, was to help parents…

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First MPN Education Forum Offers Mission Community Needed Resources

“Today is a special day because this is the first step you are taking with your children as they begin a new school year,” enthusiastically stated Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood Raquel Donoso, as she welcomed a crowd of over 200 who packed the Salvation Army Mission Community Center on an abnormally hot August morning this…

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After Being Displaced by Mission Fire, Business is Blooming Again for Thalia’s Jewelry

Successfully running a two-decades old business is a definite labor of love. Imagine the horror of having that focus of your life seemingly disappear in a couple of hours. That’s the unfortunate story for Araceli and Fernando, owners of Thalia’s Jewelry, one of 31 businesses displaced by the conflagration at Mission and 22nd streets almost…

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A Movement is Started, Even as a Pause on Mission Luxury Housing Falls Just Short of Passage

As it neared midnight on Tuesday, after many hours of impassioned debate and testimony from the community, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors failed to pass a 45-day pause on Mission luxury housing. The vote was seven ayes and four nays, two short of what is required for passage. While District 9 Supervisor Campos’ measure went…

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