Mission District San Francisco Blog - Page 4 of 51

Ani Rivera in Her Own Words: Organizing to Fight Eviction via Small Sites Program

MEDA just bought its 15th Small Sites Program apartment building, keeping 93 households vulnerable to eviction in place. We have shared in previous Small Sites Progam blogs how these purchases offer a targeted approach to stopping displacement in its  tracks. The strategy is for nonprofits, such as MEDA, to buy four- to 25-unit properties —…

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Stabilizing Mission Families Against the Loss of Community-Serving Businesses

Now several years into San Francisco’s dire gentrification and displacement crisis, we remain united in our commitment to finding solutions to keep the Mission home to businesses that serve working-class families and play a crucial role in keeping the Mission a Latino cultural hub. It is imperative that we stem the loss of the Mission’s…

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Family Wins Lottery and Moves into BMR Apartment at Five 88 in San Francisco

“Our bathroom is larger than the one room my two children and I used to share,” says a thankful Juana Martinez of her two-bedroom apartment at brand-new FIVE 88 in San Francisco’s burgeoning Mission Bay. Juana (photo, right, showing winning lottery ticket) is the devoted mother of sons Eduardo, a seventh-grader at Everett Middle School,…

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Surviving 22nd and Mission Fire, the Resilient Flores Family Wins Lottery for a BMR Apartment in San Francisco

The nightmares persist after more than two years. Jorge Flores can still see his hair on fire as he bangs on the next-door neighbor’s door at 22nd and Mission streets. His family’s third-floor apartment of 19 years was in flames, along with the rest of the historic building. It seemed like an apocalypse. Jorge waited…

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The San Francisco Foundation Selects MEDA’s Dairo Romero as Koshland Fellow

Christopher Gil Senior Content Marketing Manager Mission Economic Development Agency (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2017 The San Francisco Foundation Selects MEDA’s Dairo Romero as Koshland Fellow Prestigious honor aims to foster leadership qualities San Francisco, Calif. — The San Francisco Foundation has announced that Community Planning Manager Dairo Romero of the…

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In Chan Kaajal Park Opens, Will Serve as Parkside Porch for the People at MEDA’s 2060 Folsom Affordable-Housing Development

A mixture of sun, plenty of kids, gleaming playground equipment, a community garden coming in bloom and a blessing from indigenous peoples combined to create a memorable day as the Mission’s first new park in a decade was inaugurated on June 23. Its name: In Chan Kaajal, which translates as “My Little Town” in Mayan….

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Client Success Story: Daniel Sandoval Lands Job as Bank of America Relationship Manager

“As an immigrant from Venezuela, I always thought getting a good job would be hard to achieve, but deep down there was something telling me that anything could happen — if you fight for it. I came to America with a strong purpose of becoming someone, to be productive to God, my family and to…

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Client Surveys Indicate 21 Percent Live in Overcrowded Conditions

Severin Saenz of MEDA’s Evaluation team needed to be creative and strategic when she decided it would be valuable to do a survey of clients’ housing arrangements. What would be the relevant questions that would provide needed insight? What would be culturally relevant to Latino respondents, her target audience. To determine the best questions, Saenz…

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Residents of 1411 Florida Can Stay in Their Home of 27 Years, Thanks to Small Sites Program and SFHAF

It was with trepidation that Rudy and Karen Sorto (photo, second right and third left) came to MEDA requesting translation of a letter found posted on their front door at 1411 Florida in the Mission. MEDA’s Small Sites Program team explained that the building was now for sale, but assured the couple that the current…

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Karoleen Feng’s Speech at MEDA 1,000 Homes Saved Celebration

(Watch video of MEDA’s community-development work.) “Good evening. I want to welcome the community. Thank you for joining us this evening. My name is Karoleen Feng, and I am proud to be the director of Community Real Estate for the Mission Economic Development Agency.  “Tonight is our chance to all take a pause to celebrate not…

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