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Showcasing the Need for Affordable and Stable Housing: One Story

MEDA’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020 re-envisions its work via five measurable results to be achieved for the San Francisco Mission District community by 2020. RESULT 2: FAMILIES HAVE AFFORDABLE AND STABLE HOUSING Affordable and stable housing is fundamental to health, employment, educational achievement and economic security. MEDA seeks to ensure that families are housed in permanently…

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MEDA Speech at Casa Adelante – 2060 Folsom Groundbreaking

Luis Granados speech Welcome. My name is Luis Granados and I am the Chief Executive Officer of the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). It is an honor to be standing here today. The adjacent park and this parking lot were long-fought-for as community benefits. It is great to see that In Chan Kaajal Park has…

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Victoria Para Victoria Nieto: Aseguró Vivienda Económica en San Francisco

(English follows Spanish) No es una tarea fácil llegar con $4,000 para pagar la renta cada mes especialmente cuando una mamá soltera tiene que cuidar a su hija de 5 años. Eso era lo que la familia de  Victoria Nieto, una inmigrante de El Salvador estaba tratando de hacer para mantener su vivienda. La familia…

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Imara Duarte Persevera: Asegura Una Nueva Casa de BMR, y Tiene Interés de Comenzar Una Pequeña Empresa

(English follows Spanish) por Alejandro Bautista Imara Duarte abandonó su tierra natal a los doce años en 1984 cuando su padre solicitó a ella y el resto de su familia, para que vinieran a los Estados Unidos en búsqueda de una vida mejor. El área de la bahía de San Francisco ha sido su hogar…

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Affordable-Housing Promotoras Honored by San Francisco Board of Supervisors

“These promotoras are the most effective and committed to helping others apply for affordable housing in San Francisco.” So said MEDA Community Organizer Dairo Romero at an August 3 celebration of 642 below-market-rate (BMR) apartment applications being put in by the Latino community, with the assistance of these 12 community outreach workers. Romero’s statement is…

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Couple Does Themselves Proud After a No-Fault Eviction, Moves into New BMR Apartment this SF Pride

While grateful to be living with an empathetic friend since January, couple Margarita Contreras (photo, right) and Ana Luisa Murga (photo, left) missed having their privacy. This arrangement followed an expensive month in a hotel after an owner move-in displaced the Excelsior residents from their in-law unit. Margarita and Ana Luisa hail from the same…

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The Power of a Collaborative is Successfully Getting Latinos into San Francisco Below-Market-Rate Homes

A perusal of the dictionary today revealed this meaning for the term “collaboration”: “The action of working with someone to produce or create something.” At MEDA, we think that definition falls short. True collaboration should translate to: “The action of working with someone to produce or create something greater than the sum of its parts.”…

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Mission Promise Neighborhood is Keeping Families in Affordable and Stable Housing, While Decreasing the Student Mobility Rate

MEDA and Mission Promise Neighborhood are fulfilling our vision by keeping families in San Francisco via connections to viable options for stable and affordable housing. We are solving the affordable-housing crisis through collective solutions. In addition to connecting families to eviction-protection services and the below-market-rate (BMR) apartment lottery, Mission Promise Neighborhood Family Success Coaches connect…

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Perseverance Leads to Housing Win, New Home for Ana Acosta and Her Daughter

When a few years ago they razed Candlestick Park — site of many sports victories over the years — a new win occurred for San Franciscans in the form of hundreds of units of affordable housing on the historic site. Emblematic of that win last week was bakery worker Ana Acosta and her toddler, Daniela,…

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Skating Artist Reggie Dickerson on a Roll this Thanksgiving at His New BMR Apartment in The Duboce

“It was heaven on earth.” That’s how Reggie Dickerson (photo, left) describes growing up in San Francisco’s tight-knit Fillmore community. “Everyone lived in big Victorians. I used to roller skate in my bedroom,” remembers Reggie. Having always been an artist at heart, Reggie turned avocation into vocation by becoming a street entertainer — on roller…

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