Rising in the face of a housing crisis
San Francisco’s Mission District has always been a supportive place for low-income and immigrant Latinos, but it’s now one of the most unaffordable neighborhoods in the country. In fact, 8,000 Latinos have been forced from their homes in the last decade — that’s over 25 percent of this community. MEDA is using our 40+ years of experience to keep Latinos and working families in the Mission District and help them thrive.
The development at 1296 Shotwell provides an opportunity to bring 94 affordable apartment rentals to the Mission – an opportunity that has not been available for more than 10 years.
MEDA and Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC) were selected as the joint-venture nonprofit developers by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) for 1296 Shotwell, which will be 100 percent affordable housing for seniors. The building is designed to include pedestrian safety, security for residents and amenities that encourage activities for seniors.
The 1296 Shotwell property will provide much-needed affordable homes for Mission seniors, who will be connected to existing community programs and activities. There will also be opportunities to bring in multi-generational programs for families and seniors. The design of the building will incorporate public art, so that the building captures the essence of the diverse culture of the Mission/Bernal Heights.
The 1296 Shotwell affordable-housing development would open in 2019 or 2020.
Who will live at 1296 Shotwell?
The 1296 Shotwell affordable-housing development will serve low-income seniors ages 62 and up, with 20 percent of the apartments set aside for formerly homeless seniors. The building will include studio and one-bedroom apartments for seniors to age-in-place. There will be several rent levels at 1296 Shotwell so that it is affordable to households with a range of incomes: some units will be at 30 percent of Area Median Income (AMI); some at 50 percent AMI; and some at 60 percent AMI.
Here is the planned view from Cesar Chavez Street.
Here is the planned southwest view.