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Fondo Adelante Name Change Reflects MEDA’s Ongoing Commitment to Serving the Mission District, and the Bay Area’s Latino Community

What’s in a name? A lot actually. MEDA is excited to announce that it has legally changed the name of its community loan fund to Fondo Adelante. Explains CEO Luis Granados, “We wanted to better reflect the Latino community in our loan fund’s name. ‘Adelante’ literally means ‘move ahead’ in Spanish, and the addition of…

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San Francisco Celebrates Redefining of Public Housing at 255 Woodside, Mayor Farrell Joins in Ribbon Cutting

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing & Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2018 San Francisco Celebrates Renewal of 255 Woodside Affordable Housing Week event: “Redefining Public Housing” San Francisco — City and County officials joined Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and BRIDGE Housing today to celebrate…

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Real Solutions Grounded in Equity are Needed to Reverse Displacement of Communities of Color in San Francisco

Co-authored by: Executive Director Luis Granados Director of Policy and Advocacy Norma P. Garcia MEDA and its many Mission District allies work daily to preserve the neighborhood’s economic and cultural diversity — and its unique identity as San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood that has been a Latino hub for six decades.  MEDA employs numerous strategies to…

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Immigrant Experience Inspires Latino Leaders to Meet Current Challenges

Mural by Mel Waters and David Hyde Cho, Mission and 19th streets, San Francisco Mission District Photo credit: Nehama Rogozen, California Reinvestment Coalition As the Senate takes up the debate on an immigration bill — and the White House ramps up deportation efforts and looks to punish immigrant families from using social services to which…

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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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