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MEDA Helps Tax Client Get First Refund Ever — One-Third of Annual Income!

“I almost fainted when I saw how much money I was getting back!” says decade-long Mission resident Angelica Maldonado of the $4,110 refund she received when getting free tax preparation at MEDA. Not surprising, considering that this is one-third of her annual $12,000 income. Turns out 40 minutes can change a life. That amount came…

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A First-Class Undertaking: San Francisco Teacher Buys a Home

“My teaching newcomers to San Francisco is like I’m coming home. I was in classes like these when I emigrated from the Philippines at age 5. It’s like I am helping myself,” explains Everett Middle School teacher Jan Michelle Bautista of why she loves her job, and of the empathy she exhibits for her sixth-…

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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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San Francisco Family’s Eviction Averted as they Become New Homeowners

Christopher Gil, Senior Content Marketing Manager (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 13, 2016 San Francisco Family’s Eviction Averted as they Become New Homeowners Joint effort of MOHCD, MEDA and Umpqua Bank to create fairness in housing San Francisco, Calif. — Like many other Californians last week, the Palacios family of San Francisco were…

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MEDA Free Financial Coaching: The Recipe for the Tillman Family’s Gratitude this Thanksgiving

Today is the perfect time to take a breather from our hectic lives to reflect on things for which to be thankful. De De Tillman (photo, left) and her daughter, Marilyn, won’t have to reflect too long, as they are quick to tell everyone that they are thankful for their newfound financial security, achieved with…

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El Buen Comer Gets Adelante Fund Loan to Open Restaurant in Bernal Heights

With its second loan funded this week, the mission of MEDA’s new Adelante Fund to provide vital capital and lending options to small-business owners throughout San Francisco is quickly being put into action. The genesis of Adelante Fund came out of community need. Explains Nathanial Owen (photo, right), who oversaw Adelante Fund’s implementation at MEDA:…

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¡VIVA MEDA! 42nd Anniversary Celebration a Night to Remember

The world has changed plenty since 1973 when MEDA started its mission of asset building for the low-income Latino community in San Francisco, but one thing has remained the same: the need to offer a helping hand to those looking to achieve family economic success. Such success is designed in many ways, so MEDA has…

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MEDA’s Adelante Fund Provides First Loan to Small-Business Community

Signing on the dotted line yesterday afternoon, a local catering business had its small-business loan officially funded … and their bigger entrepreneurial dreams made a reality. All courtesy of a $100,000 loan from MEDA’s innovative Adelante Fund. One story to showcase community need When Alicia Villanueva (photo, center) came to this country from Mexico a decade…

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MEDA Workforce Development Client Lands New Job

Name: Claudia Garcia Home: Castro District, San Francisco Placement: Marriott Marquis Job Coach: Robert Lopez What have been your prior jobs? I worked two years as a cashier/barista at La Boulange and three years before that as a cook/food runner at the Cheesecake Factory. They closed all La Boulange stores after Starbucks bought them. Everyone was…

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MEDA Client Cooks Up an Idea, Works Hard and Opens New El Ají Peruvian Restaurant in the Mission

Back in his native Peru, Yeral Caldas’ industrious mother was always running her own businesses in Lima, which varied based on market demand. Sometimes she would sell vegetables; other times she would bring items down from the Highlands and sell them in bulk. Then there was Yeral’s father, who ran a restaurant where he served…

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