Mission District San Francisco Blog - Page 3 of 46

Apply at MEDA for Below-Market-Rate (BMR) Apartment Rentals at Abaca, 2660 Third Street in Dogpatch

Over a century ago, the Tubbs Cordage Company wove abaca fiber into ropes later used to build the Golden Gate Bridge. Abaca is also known as Manila hemp, growing up to 22 feet high and perfect for making twine and rope. Just the kind of business that lined Dogpatch’s waterfront way back when. On that…

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Embedding Early Care and Education Facilities into Family Housing

by Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Contributed to by Senior Project Manager Elaine Yee, Mission Promise Neighborhood Program Manager Liz Cortez and Financial Capability Coach Teresa Garcia Most parents know that finding quality care and education for your child is not easy. For immigrant, working families in San Francisco’s Mission District, it’s even more challenging, as…

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Keep San Francisco’s Mission Street an Anchor for our Families

Maria Lopez was pushing a stroller in front of MEDA’s Plaza Adelante, located at 19th Street’s connection to the Mission Street corridor, the main commercial strip of the Mission. When asked if she ever heads one block over to Valencia, the young mother of two laughed nervously and stated, “That street’s not for us.” When…

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Community Organizing Busts Latinos’​ Myths Around Access to Stable, Affordable Housing

by Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Contributed to by Community Engagement Manager Dairo Romero The worldwide Women’s March the day after the inauguration showcased the power of community organizing to unify people’s voices, plus efficiently disseminate pertinent information. As we position for a future where sanctuary cities, such as San Francisco, will possibly…

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Press Release: MEDA Facilitates Deal for Dance Mission to Relocate to 1980 Mission

Christopher Gil Senior Content Marketing Manager Mission Economic Development Agency (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 30, 2017 MEDA Facilitates Deal for Dance Mission to Relocate to 1980 Mission Model for creative “placekeeping” in San Francisco; community financial support needed San Francisco, Calif. — In a novel approach to creative “placekeeping,” MEDA has…

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Mission Family Averts Eviction and Finds a New Home in a BMR Rental

Julio Alvarado chose San Francisco’s Mission as his adopted home when he emigrated from Guatemala back in 2000. He felt immediately welcomed in his new community, so much so that when he married and had two kids, the family planted roots in the neighborhood. That comforting sense of place became tenuous when Alvarado and his…

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How the EITC Has a Hand in Strengthening our Low-Income Families’ Finances

Today is the 11th annual “Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day” — an important date at MEDA, where most of our historically underresourced tax clients qualify for this credit that lets them keep more of their annual income so they can better afford basic necessities. In the 2016 calendar year, there were 4,518 tax returns…

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MEDA Offers a Ray of Light as Luz Bourne-Ruiz Avoids Eviction and Wins Housing Lottery

Luz Bourne-Ruiz is an energetic, single mother of 7-year-old Nathan, who attends Alvarado Elementary School in San Francisco. The immigrant from Mexico operates her own business, the New Alternatives Cafe, a cozy, neighborhood eatery serving breakfast and lunch on Guerrero near 28th. Featuring a convivial environment, there’s even a piano, guitar and congas for musically…

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Apply at MEDA for a BMR Condo Purchase at Knox, 645 Texas in Dogpatch

There are numerous theories as to how the oddly named San Francisco neighborhood of Dogpatch got its name. Some say it’s named after the middle-of-nowhere, fictional setting of the satirical comic strip Li’l Abner (since Dogpatch was for decades deemed an out-of-the-way spot). A grislier theory is that the neighborhood is named after the roving…

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Yelp Workshop Rated Five Stars by MEDA Business Development Clients

We’ve all heard of Yelp, the tech giant that offers a popular platform to discover local businesses, with everything at your fingertips from finding the best nearby burrito joint to locating a well-respected plumber in your neighborhood. With 115 million reviews to date, Yelp is a platform on which every small business needs to make…

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