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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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Two Mission Fundraisers Planned, Goal to Support Urgently Needed Monies for Oct. 5 DACA Renewals

In a continued affront to the Latino immigrant community, President Trump recently announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would be rescinded in six months. Many Mission community members have been asking how they can help our young adults affected by this change in federal policy. That’s why MEDA has partnered with beloved neighborhood…

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MEDA Partners with San Francisco Arts Commission, Goal to Help Artists Access Affordable Housing

Christopher Gil Senior Content Marketing Manager Mission Economic Development Agency (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org Kate Patterson Director of Communications San Francisco Arts Commission (415) 252-2229 Kate.Patterson@sfgov.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 5, 2017 MEDA Partners with San Francisco Arts Commission Goal to help artists access affordable housing San Francisco, Calif. — The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC)…

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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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The Resurrection Project Visits MEDA to Share the Model

The city’s tourism website offers the following description of its Latino hub: Culture thrives in the community and invites you to explore the treasures that wait around every corner. Here bold murals have blossomed in the most unexpected places. The artful vibe continues within storefront galleries. Thanks to diversity, you’ll find offbeat vintage shops, independent…

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Financial Capability: Essential for All MEDA Clients

The first line of the recently released report, “Financial Coaching Census 2015: Insights from the Financial Coaching Field,” reads: Financial coaching has gained recognition as a strategy that can improve financial capability and security. This first-of-its-kind report was put out by the Center for Financial Security and Asset Funders Network, with support from the Annie…

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MEDA Holds its First “Bilingual Small-Business Resource Fair”

Plenty was happening back in 1973. President Nixon’s Watergate scandal dominated the headlines. Troops came home from Vietnam. Bell-bottom jeans and long sideburns were in vogue. And in San Francisco, a nonprofit named the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) was formed. The goal: asset-building for the low- and moderate-income Latino community of San Francisco. To…

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Free Tax Preparation at MEDA Provides Asset Building for the Low-Income Community

Free tax preparation is just the start In 2015, MEDA prepared 4,200 clients’ tax returns at no cost, which translated to a staggering $5.2 million returned to the low-income community. These families were also able to eschew costly paid tax preparers, who also may not be as well versed in IRS rules for matters pertaining…

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MEDA Update on Free Asset-Building Programs for 2016

Lucy Arellano gives everyone much-needed information about program enhancements and changes for the upcoming year at MEDA. Lucy Arellano Director of Asset Building Programs   MEDA: First off, will all MEDA programs remain free to low-income clients in 2016? LA: All MEDA programs remain free to clients, with the exception of a couple of items that are part of the…

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JPMorgan Chase Grants MEDA $600K to Replicate Innovative Financial Capability Service-Integration Model

JPMorgan Chase & Co. knows that too many people lack the tools and resources to manage their daily financial lives, whether for unexpected emergencies or to plan for the future. To help improve financial health, the company provides grants to impactful community-based organizations such as MEDA, which was recently awarded $600,000. MEDA and JPMorgan Chase know that…

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