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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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Top Tax Tips for 2017

MEDA plans to serve at least 4,500 clients this year via what has quickly become the largest free tax preparation service in San Francisco. The below tax tips are important items to keep in mind when coming to Plaza Adelante (2301 Mission Street @ 19th, Room 203) and its three other VITA sites in San Francisco,…

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MEDA Free Mission Techies Program Creating a Pipeline for Diversity in Tech

Graduates: 138 out of 154 (a 90 percent rate). Working in tech jobs: 74. Gone on to post-secondary education: 49. Those are the powerful numbers of MEDA’s free Mission Techies program since its pilot just three years ago. It’s a program positioned to scale up. MEDA initially received a grant from San Francisco’s Office of…

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2017 Updates for MEDA’s Free Programs in San Francisco’s Mission

MEDA is investing in people lives. Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano gives the community much-needed information about program enhancements and changes for the upcoming year. MEDA: First off, will all MEDA programs remain free to low-income clients in 2017? LA: All MEDA programs continue to be free with the exception of the First…

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End-of-Year Giving: Ways to Donate or Volunteer to Help Mission Kids

It’s the season of giving, as we collectively work to improve the lives of Mission students. It’s easy. Just donate to a cause in the Mission in lieu of purchasing gifts, or ask your friends and family to make your holiday gift a tax-deductible donation. There are many impactful Mission-based organizations providing access to critical services and…

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MEDA Helps Reshape San Francisco Small Sites Program to Stem Mission District Displacement, Block by Block

by Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Contributed to by Johnny Oliver There’s a difference between being proactive and being reactive. The Small Sites Program is one of our most innovative means to tackle the ongoing displacement of families from the Mission. Because of the dire needs of our families around housing stability, MEDA needed to…

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MEDA Celebrates “National Write a Business Plan Month”

While December means planning for the holidays — which can be quite the effort — it’s also time for planning of a different sort. That’s because December is “National Write a Business Plan Month.” MEDA helps small businesses start or grow MEDA’s free Business Development program has helped 40+ clients start or grow ventures this year alone. All clients start…

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Facebook Shares Tips with MEDA Business Development Clients

The challenge for the 50 million small-business pages on Facebook? How to draw potential clients’ eyes to a business Facebook ad when it’s sandwiched between cute kid pictures or a family reunion group shot on targeted users’ personal pages. As we fast forward to 2017, social media as a business-marketing tool is all the more…

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Microsoft’s Miguel Juárez López Volunteers with Mission Techies as Part of Worldwide “Hour of Code”

Dec. 5 to 11 is Computer Science Education Week. The goal: to share an “Hour of Code” in middle and high schools as part of a global event held in 192 countries. Knowing that coding skills can launch a great career in tech, Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy’s Thea Smith Nilsson brought Microsofties volunteer Miguel Juárez López…

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