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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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MEDA Reaches 1,000 Homes Saved in Just Three Years, Sets New 2020 Goal

by Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng A few years ago, MEDA staff consistently started hearing a dire story: Our families were experiencing no-fault evictions or being priced out of the Mission as an influx of newcomers earning six figures moved in. Sadly, the paucity of affordable-housing options — with a decade of zero…

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MEDA Tax Season Volunteers Celebrate 3,800+ Returns Prepared and Over $5.4 Million Returned to Low-Income Community

With MEDA staff and volunteers tirelessly preparing tax returns for free this past season, it was definitely time to celebrate after the completion of 11 weeks of hard work. So everyone came together on April 24 to pause and reflect on their having forever bettered the lives of low-income Mission residents. The impact The impact…

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MEDA Joins Thousands for “Día Sin Inmigrantes” May Day March in San Francisco

Chanting “Sí, se puede” and “No Wall,” several thousand Bay Area residents rallied this May Day at Justin Herman Plaza and then marched down San Francisco’s Market Street to City Hall, making their voices heard as a way to show solidarity and support for workers across the globe. That includes the immigrants who have long…

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Residents of 3329-3333 20th Street Organize and Fight Eviction, as MEDA Buys Building via City’s Small Sites Program

When the MEDA Community Real Estate team saw a realtor’s prominently placed billboard advertising that 3329-3333 20th Street in the Mission was on the market, they knew of the urgency to reach out to the tenants, who could all be vulnerable to eviction. The feel at 3329-3333 20th Street is that of a community within…

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City Celebrates 100 Apartments Protected Under San Francisco’s Small Sites Program

Press release from May Ed Lee’s Office, April 25, 2017. Mayor Lee Celebrates 100 Apartments Protected Under City’s Small Sites Program Recent purchase of properties adds to growing list of housing preserved in Richmond, Mission, North Beach, Bernal Heights/Outer Mission, Duboce Triangle and Noe Valley neighborhoods San Francisco, Calif.– Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced…

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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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Community Meeting & Open House on April 19 for 681 Florida 100 Percent Affordable-Housing Development in the Mission

The Mission community is invited to the first in a series of gatherings about 681 Florida, the new development that MEDA will be building and managing in conjunction with Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC). The meeting venue will be the community room at Mosaica, 680 Florida St., with the time next Wednesday, April 19, from…

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HUD Budget Cuts Would Accelerate Re-Segregation of High-Cost Cities, San Francisco at Top of List

The Trump Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget, announced Feb. 27, augments military spending by $54 billion — a 10 percent increase. The administration aims to offset that staggering cost by decimating non-defense cabinet departments’ budgets by the same 10 percent (Figure 1). These non-defense programs have for decades showcased positive impacts in communities of…

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Are YOU MEDA’s Next Technology Training Coordinator? Join Our Team!

“Get ready to generate immediate impact. There’s a need to create a pipeline for diversity in tech,” explains MEDA Workforce Development Manager Marisela Perez-Ruiz of the exciting challenge awaiting her team’s new technology training coordinator, once hired to spearhead the Mission Techies program. This free twelve-week program puts young adults (ages 17 to 24) on the pathway…

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