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The Key to Strengthening Low-Income Families: Connecting Financial Capability and Affordable-Housing Strategies

Co-authored by: Executive Director Luis Granados Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng At MEDA, we believe that given the existing housing and economic circumstances in the Mission District, San Francisco — and the Bay Area overall — it is imperative that low-income families are concurrently connected to…

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Keeping the Mission District’s Neighborhood Economy in the Face of Displacement

Gentrification and displacement are generally associated with the residents who are compelled to leave a neighborhood. Such is the case of the Mission District of San Francisco, which for decades has been a hub for Latino as an initial place to lay down roots in the United States; however, the Mission is also a place…

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Now is the Time for Financial Institutions to Innovate in Communities of Color

Co-authored by: Karoleen Feng, Director of Community Real Estate Luis Granados, Executive Director Jillian Spindle, Chief Operating Officer National politics inevitably generate public discourse; unfortunately, these conversations have now become increasingly divisive based on political affiliation, race and income level. The dialog has become so polarized that it is now deemed mainstream to opine on…

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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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MEDA Community Real Estate Team Earning Trust at Five RAD Public Housing Sites

by Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Contributed to by Project Manager Leslie Palaroan and Project Assistant Dylan Hamilton Back in 2014, MEDA responded to the call by the City of San Francisco to transition ownership and management of public housing, with the aim to have nonprofits engage with residents who had lived for…

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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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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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Homelessness-Themed Art Installed at Future Site of MEDA’s Affordable Housing at 1990 Folsom

Christopher Gil Senior Content Marketing Manager Mission Economic Development Agency (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2017 Homelessness-Themed Art Installed at Future Site of MEDA’s Affordable Housing at 1990 Folsom Art to call attention to San Franciscans most in need San Francisco, Calif. — Renowned artist Brian Singer today installed his mural, “Home Street…

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MEDA’s Creative Strategies for Creative Placekeeping in the Mission

by Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Contributed to by Senior Project Manager Feliciano Vera The Mission has a decades-long history of being a hub for an inclusive community of arts & cultural institutions that reflect the neighborhood’s Latino, LGBTQ and immigrant identities. The Mission has been a home for institutions such as Galeria…

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San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund Launched, Will Help MEDA Secure Housing for Mission Residents Vulnerable to Eviction

”We can’t solve our affordable-housing challenges alone, and I call on the private sector to jump in.” This was a comment from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in his 2015 State of the City address. With MEDA being at the forefront of preservation/production of affordable and stable housing in the Mission, the nonprofit echoes that…

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