Mission District San Francisco Blog

Skating Artist Reggie Dickerson on a Roll this Thanksgiving at His New BMR Apartment in The Duboce

“It was heaven on earth.” That’s how Reggie Dickerson (photo, left) describes growing up in San Francisco’s tight-knit Fillmore community. “Everyone lived in big Victorians. I used to roller skate in my bedroom,” remembers Reggie. Having always been an artist at heart, Reggie turned avocation into vocation by becoming a street entertainer — on roller…

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Three Resilient Families Win City’s Affordable-Housing Lottery, Now Living at The Duboce

The Duboce, at 181 Sanchez Street in San Francisco’s popular Duboce Triangle neighborhood, offers a brand-new development loaded with amenities. Ten of the units were on-site affordable housing, per the City of San Francisco’s mandate. At $1,133 for a one-bedroom and $1,264 for a two-bedroom, these below-market-rate (BMR) apartments rented for a fraction of the…

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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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¡VIVA MEDA! 44th Anniversary Celebration Brings Together Community, Generates Record Donations to Strengthen Mission Latino Immigrant Families

As 300 attendees were greeted by the mellifluous sounds of a 12-person mariachi band, ¡VIVA MEDA! got off to a rousing start on Oct. 19. The venue was the San Francisco Design Center. Thirty-three valued sponsors generously made this gala possible. (See list of sponsors following blog — click to enlarge.) The evening’s theme was…

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Executive Director Luis Granados’ Speech at ¡VIVA MEDA! 44th Anniversary Celebration

Normally, at this celebration, I would share with you the great work that MEDA does.  However, it does not seem quite right to use this time with you to list our accomplishments, and ignore the larger context that is being experienced by our Latino immigrant community nationally. Over the last year, people in power in…

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Nonprofit Worker Shannon Noonan Finds a Home in San Francisco

When Shannon Noonan was a curious 7-year-old, a trip to San Francisco turned into more than a family vacation. It defined her life. That’s because Shannon sensed a freedom that led to her later becoming a teenager preoccuupied with all things related to San Francisco history, from reading about the Summer of Love to jamming…

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Keeping the Mission District’s Neighborhood Economy in the Face of Displacement

Gentrification and displacement are generally associated with the residents who are compelled to leave a neighborhood. Such is the case of the Mission District of San Francisco, which for decades has been a hub for Latino as an initial place to lay down roots in the United States; however, the Mission is also a place…

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Apply at MEDA by Oct. 16 for 113 BMR Apartments: The Martin, Natalie Gubb Commons and 570 Jessie

(Español sigue inglés.)  Everyone knows that market-rate rents in San Francisco are still out of reach for far too many. Zumper, the popular real estate site, just found that despite rents dropping by 0.9 percent in the last quarter, the median for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is still a staggering average of $3,390…

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Affordable Housing Now a Reality for Five Moscone Elementary School Families

While the Mission Promise Neighborhood education initiative focuses on four schools — Bryant and Chavez elementary, Everett Middle and O’Connell High — the fact is all schools within the Mission footprint are deemed part of MPN. That why families at Moscone Elementary School, located on Harrison between 21st and 22nd streets, receive connections to free…

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Are You an Artist Seeking Affordable Housing in San Francisco? Attend MEDA’s Free Workshop Nov. 14

San Francisco is a city that values creativity, a longtime value that has drawn myriad new residents seeking support for their artistic ideas. But how can a city tout that value when artists are being priced out by exorbitant rents? Sadly, the arts community has experienced vast displacement over the past decade. This cultural loss…

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