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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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¡VIVA MEDA! 44th Anniversary Celebration Brings Together Community, Generates Record Donations to Strengthen Mission Latino Immigrant Families

As 300 attendees were greeted by the mellifluous sounds of a 12-person mariachi band, ¡VIVA MEDA! got off to a rousing start on Oct. 19. The venue was the San Francisco Design Center. Thirty-three valued sponsors generously made this gala possible. (See list of sponsors following blog — click to enlarge.) The evening’s theme was…

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Executive Director Luis Granados’ Speech at ¡VIVA MEDA! 44th Anniversary Celebration

Normally, at this celebration, I would share with you the great work that MEDA does.  However, it does not seem quite right to use this time with you to list our accomplishments, and ignore the larger context that is being experienced by our Latino immigrant community nationally. Over the last year, people in power in…

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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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MEDA Statement of Support for Dreamers

President Trump’s latest attack on the Latino community just occurred around policy regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which will be rescinded in six months barring Congressional action. Mr. Trump’s abhorrent move is yet another way to placate his base by using race/ethnicity as a divisive issue. This pattern of vilifying the…

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Trump’s Pardon of Arpaio a Continued Affront to Nation’s Latino Community

This op-ed appeared in the Aug. 31, 2017 edition of the San Francisco Examiner. On Aug. 25, President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County from 1993 to 2016. This pardon is inherently immoral. This executive action comes on the heels of Trump’s odious statement about recent events in Charlottesville, Va.,…

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MEDA Executive Director Luis Granados Joins Board of UnidosUS

Christopher Gil Senior Content Marketing Manager Mission Economic Development Agency (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 1, 2017 MEDA Executive Director Luis Granados Joins Board of UnidosUS Organization is at forefront of advocating for Latino communities nationwide San Francisco, Calif. — MEDA Executive Director Luis Granados has joined the Board of Directors of UnidosUS,…

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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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Mission Community Holds Press Conference at City Hall, Demands Fairness for Latinos in FY17-18 Budget

The San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition, a group of 25 community-based organizations, has worked for a year to document the most-pressing needs facing Latino families in five neighborhoods. The findings from the work of the Coalition were included in a detailed report and submitted to the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development….

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MEDA and Community Groups Sign Letter Opposing Axis Market-Rate Development, Fear Worsening Mission Housing Crisis

MEDA today joined a number of other community-based organizations and individuals to submit a letter (below) to showcase strong support for the appeal against the proposed Axis market-rate development planned for Folsom and 23rd streets in the Mission. This four-story building (photo, design by David Baker Architects), adjacent to Parque Ninõs Unidos, would exacerbate the…

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