COVID-19 Archives

San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition Advocates for Community Resources in Face of Catastrophic COVID-19 Crisis

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 29, 2020 San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition Advocates for Community Resources in Face of Catastrophic COVID-19 Crisis Virtual press conference to showcase dire need for resources during and after the pandemic…

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Critical Needs of Latino Community Members Seeking COVID-19 Services in San Francisco’s Mission District

by Senior Analyst Ryan Fukumori Organizations in the Mission District serve a community that is predominantly Latino, with many non-English speakers and immigrants, including undocumented residents. This community has disproportionately suffered the financial and health-related effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These disparities can be attributed to preexisting structural inequalities, with many Latinos clustered in industries…

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Pivoting During COVID-19 Pandemic, MEDA Offers Businesses Revamped Technical Assistance Coupled with a Reimagining of Spaces

MEDA has been strengthening small businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District since 1973, initially providing loan bundling that has now scaled to include free eight-week workshops, one-on-one coaching, technical assistance and access to capital via Fondo Adelante, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with about 100 low-interest loans in its portfolio. This work has generally…

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As COVID-19 Reshapes the Real Estate Landscape, MEDA Triples Down on Preservation

Photo: November 2016 photo of residents of 10-unit MEDA Small Sites property at 3329 20th St. in San Francisco’s Mission District. by Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng In the initial four months of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, there have been catastrophic economic and health consequences for our Mission District Latino community. Our families…

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Mayor London Breed Announces New Mobile Testing Site in the Mission and Right to Recover Program to Provide Financial Support For Residents Who Test Positive For COVID-19

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (from Office of the Mayor) July 9, 2020 Mayor London Breed Announces New Mobile Testing Site in the Mission and Right to Recover Program to Provide Financial Support For Residents Who Test Positive For…

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MEDA Announces $250K Fund to Address Latino Community Challenges During COVID-19 Crisis

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2020 MEDA Announces $250K Fund to Address Latino Community Challenges During COVID-19 Crisis Funding will expand already successful promotoras community outreach model San Francisco — Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) today announced…

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Mission Community Organizations’ Letter to The Honorable London Breed, Mayor, City of San Francisco: COVID-19 Request for Action to Address Socioeconomic Vulnerabilities for Low-Income Latinos in San Francisco

June 5, 2020 The Honorable London Breed Mayor, City of San Francisco City Hall, Room 200 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, CA 94102 Via Electronic Mail Re: COVID-19 Request for Action to Address Socioeconomic Vulnerabilities for Low-Income Latinos in San Francisco Dear Mayor Breed: The undersigned community organizations respectfully request your support…

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SF HELP Unveiled Locally, Goal to Assist Small-Business Owners Left Out of Federal Paycheck Protection Program

by Director of Fondo Adelante Nathanial Owen When in March Congress passed the Paycheck Protection Program, simply referred to as PPP in the news, the idea was that small-business owners could keep their employees on payroll as their venture was sustained during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, PPP failed to live up to its expectations….

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Mission Promise Neighborhood Pivots to Best Support the Latino Immigrant Community During COVID-19 Crisis

by Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood Richard Raya Like other Promise Neighborhoods, our work has escalated due to COVID-19, but we’ve built the community infrastructure to meet this moment. The challenge and the pivot Latinos make up 80% of COVID-19 hospitalizations at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and 25% of all cases in San Francisco, despite…

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Mission Families Relief Fund: Rapid Deployment of $100K for Mission Community Members Economically Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis presented unprecedented challenges for the Latino immigrant community of San Francisco’s Mission District. MEDA was cognizant that a quick pivot and innovative solutions were urgently needed, plus that we could leverage our 47 years of trust built in the community and with our supporters. The need One immediate need was to find…

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