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In Her Own Words: MEDA Intern Francesca Gallardo

“I completed my undergraduate in Interior Architecture and Design at the Academy of Art University; I worked my through design by participating in community organizing. I am now a second-year graduate student in the Environment and Community program at Humboldt State University. As a designer and community organizer, I found balance within affordable-housing development. I…

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MEDA to Co-Host #SaludTues Tweetchat 8/29: The Link between Health & Housing

by Eric Moreno, Salud Today! There is an undeniable link between where people live and their health. Many low-income and minority families, especially Latinos, live in highly segregated neighborhoods. Often, these neighborhoods lack access to healthy, nutritious foods, quality healthcare, and infrastructure that allows for safe physical activity. That’s not even accounting for the cost…

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Ani Rivera in Her Own Words: Organizing to Fight Eviction via Small Sites Program

MEDA just bought its 15th Small Sites Program apartment building, keeping 93 households vulnerable to eviction in place. We have shared in previous Small Sites Progam blogs how these purchases offer a targeted approach to stopping displacement in its  tracks. The strategy is for nonprofits, such as MEDA, to buy four- to 25-unit properties —…

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Family Wins Lottery and Moves into BMR Apartment at Five 88 in San Francisco

“Our bathroom is larger than the one room my two children and I used to share,” says a thankful Juana Martinez of her two-bedroom apartment at brand-new FIVE 88 in San Francisco’s burgeoning Mission Bay. Juana (photo, right, showing winning lottery ticket) is the devoted mother of sons Eduardo, a seventh-grader at Everett Middle School,…

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Surviving 22nd and Mission Fire, the Resilient Flores Family Wins Lottery for a BMR Apartment in San Francisco

The nightmares persist after more than two years. Jorge Flores can still see his hair on fire as he bangs on the next-door neighbor’s door at 22nd and Mission streets. His family’s third-floor apartment of 19 years was in flames, along with the rest of the historic building. It seemed like an apocalypse. Jorge waited…

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In Chan Kaajal Park Opens, Will Serve as Parkside Porch for the People at MEDA’s 2060 Folsom Affordable-Housing Development

A mixture of sun, plenty of kids, gleaming playground equipment, a community garden coming in bloom and a blessing from indigenous peoples combined to create a memorable day as the Mission’s first new park in a decade was inaugurated on June 23. Its name: In Chan Kaajal, which translates as “My Little Town” in Mayan….

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Residents of 1411 Florida Can Stay in Their Home of 27 Years, Thanks to Small Sites Program and SFHAF

It was with trepidation that Rudy and Karen Sorto (photo, second right and third left) came to MEDA requesting translation of a letter found posted on their front door at 1411 Florida in the Mission. MEDA’s Small Sites Program team explained that the building was now for sale, but assured the couple that the current…

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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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MEDA Community Real Estate Team Earning Trust at Five RAD Public Housing Sites

by Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Contributed to by Project Manager Leslie Palaroan and Project Assistant Dylan Hamilton Back in 2014, MEDA responded to the call by the City of San Francisco to transition ownership and management of public housing, with the aim to have nonprofits engage with residents who had lived for…

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100 Percent Affordable Housing in the Mission, Plus Arts Space? Community Feedback on 1990 Folsom

Longtime Mission and San Francisco residents are sure to remember Rainbo Bakery, once a bustling neighborhood venture that, unfortunately, was compelled to shutter its doors a decade ago. The good news is that this abandoned bakery, at 1990 Folsom (cross street 16th), is now ready to bring grist for the mill to the community. The…

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