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The Key to Strengthening Low-Income Families: Connecting Financial Capability and Affordable-Housing Strategies

Co-authored by: Executive Director Luis Granados Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng At MEDA, we believe that given the existing housing and economic circumstances in the Mission District, San Francisco — and the Bay Area overall — it is imperative that low-income families are concurrently connected to…

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Come to MEDA to Apply for CalFresh Food Assistance for Your Family

May is “CalFresh Awareness Month” — now more important than ever. According to a May 17 San Francisco Chronicle article, in which MEDA’s Financial Capability Program Manager Jackie Marcelos was quoted, only 50 percent of San Franciscans eligible for CalFresh have signed up. Unfortunate. CalFresh, formerly known as Food Stamps, is California’s implementation of the…

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The Resurrection Project Visits MEDA to Share the Model

The city’s tourism website offers the following description of its Latino hub: Culture thrives in the community and invites you to explore the treasures that wait around every corner. Here bold murals have blossomed in the most unexpected places. The artful vibe continues within storefront galleries. Thanks to diversity, you’ll find offbeat vintage shops, independent…

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Financial Capability: Essential for All MEDA Clients

The first line of the recently released report, “Financial Coaching Census 2015: Insights from the Financial Coaching Field,” reads: Financial coaching has gained recognition as a strategy that can improve financial capability and security. This first-of-its-kind report was put out by the Center for Financial Security and Asset Funders Network, with support from the Annie…

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Applying for CalFresh is a SNAP at MEDA

CalFresh, formerly known as Food Stamps, is California’s implementation of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This vital program aims to reduce hunger for low-income Californians by providing assistance for purchasing food. According to Feed America — an organization with a mission “to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks…

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MEDA April 2016 Volunteer of the Month: Maria Silvia Velazquez

Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers — the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.  Name: Maria Silvia Velazquez Program: Financial Capability Why…

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MEDA Bilingual Bank Tellers Program Speaks to the Community

MEDA Job Coach Olivia Quiñonez knows that a bank teller position is the gateway to a successful career in the financial sector. Quiñonez’ extensive background in banking means she has the expertise — and connections — to get 18- to 34-year-olds into such jobs. Explains Quiñonez of what drives her work: “I am passionate about…

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MEDA Clients Bank on “America Saves Week”

“America Saves Week” is a campaign managed by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America. This organization uses the principles of behavioral economics and social marketing to abet savings in low- to moderate-income households. The ultimate goal is to build wealth. This year’s dates for “America Saves Week” are Feb. 22 to 27. This mission aligns…

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MEDA Free Financial Coaching: The Recipe for the Tillman Family’s Gratitude this Thanksgiving

Today is the perfect time to take a breather from our hectic lives to reflect on things for which to be thankful. De De Tillman (photo, left) and her daughter, Marilyn, won’t have to reflect too long, as they are quick to tell everyone that they are thankful for their newfound financial security, achieved with…

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SparkPoint Partner Justice & Diversity Center Assists MEDA Clients

Marie Appel sees it as a privilege to help those needing legal help—clients who do not have the resources to afford a lawyer. Appel serves as supervising attorney at San Francisco’s Justice & Diversity Center (JDC), which has a mission to “advance fairness and equality by providing pro bono legal services to low-income people and…

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