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Stabilizing Mission Families Against the Loss of Community-Serving Businesses

Now several years into San Francisco’s dire gentrification and displacement crisis, we remain united in our commitment to finding solutions to keep the Mission home to businesses that serve working-class families and play a crucial role in keeping the Mission a Latino cultural hub. It is imperative that we stem the loss of the Mission’s…

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MEDA and Community Groups Sign Letter Opposing Axis Market-Rate Development, Fear Worsening Mission Housing Crisis

MEDA today joined a number of other community-based organizations and individuals to submit a letter (below) to showcase strong support for the appeal against the proposed Axis market-rate development planned for Folsom and 23rd streets in the Mission. This four-story building (photo, design by David Baker Architects), adjacent to Parque Ninõs Unidos, would exacerbate the…

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Gus’s Community Market Works in Partnership with MEDA to Better Serve the Mission

[Update 9/22/17: We are sad to report that Gus Vardakastanis was struck by a car and passed away today. Our condolences to his family and staff. The stores do remain open for business.]  A new addition came to the Mission last January – with a sidewalk of brightly colored produce seemingly chasing away dreary winter…

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A New Park Means the Greening of the Mission this St. Patrick’s Day

A long-awaited vision became reality today during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new park at the corner of Folsom and 17th streets in the Mission. What is currently a large swath of concrete serving as a parking lot will now be transformed into a green space for the community, with a scheduled opening in 300…

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Second Fire at Mission and 22nd Streets Structure Showcases Danger

Roberto Hernandez Our Mission, NO Eviction latinzoneprod@aol.com J. Scott Weaver San Francisco Tenants Union jscottweaver@aol.com Gabriel Medina Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) gmedina@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mar. 14, 2016 Second Fire at Mission and 22nd Streets Structure Showcases Danger Community demands immediate plan for reconstruction or sale of building San Francisco, Calif. — After a second fire…

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MEDA Lends Support as California Reinvestment Coalition and Other Organizations Advocate for State Laws to Stop Payday-Loan Abuses

A look across Mission Street this morning revealed a queue waiting patiently at a payday lender a stone’s throw away from MEDA’s Plaza Adelante. This is unfortunate, as MEDA works to promote financial stability for its over 6,800 clients, with staff knowing that predatory lending is a major issue for low-income communities. This is especially…

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Community Opposes Order in Place to Raze Mission and 22nd Streets Structure

Roberto Hernandez Our Mission, NO Eviction latinzoneprod@aol.com J. Scott Weaver San Francisco Tenants Union jscottweaver@aol.com Gabriel Medina Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) gmedina@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 22, 2016 Order in Place to Raze Mission and 22nd Streets Structure Community demands protection of 58 tenants’ right of return San Francisco, Calif. — The Mission community…

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CRC Guest Blog: Families Win When Banks Stop Funding Displacement

by Executive Director Paulina Gonzalez, California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) Displacement of long-term San Francisco residents has become an all-too-common trend. Families, seniors, people of color, and other low- and middle-income renters are being pushed out of their homes to make way for higher-income, usually less-diverse renters and homebuyers; however, this displacement isn’t happening in a silo….

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Community Demands 2918-2924 Mission Street Development be 100 Percent Affordable Housing

A spirited conversation took place at a meeting last Wednesday, as concerned residents discussed the latest market-rate development slated for their ever-pricier neighborhood: 2918-2924 Mission Street, between 25th and 26th streets. Issues brought up ran the gamut from building height to dust during construction to safety for children at the school located in the alley behind the…

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MEDA to Host First Community Planning Information Meeting for 2060 Folsom 100 Percent Affordable-Housing Development

Over the next four years, a healthy and vibrant community will be developed in the Mission at 17th and Folsom streets. 2060 Folsom, to be exact (as the address has been changed from the original 2070). MEDA was awarded the right to co-develop, with Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), a 101-unit development to stabilize San Francisco’s…

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