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MEDA Awarded AHEAD Grant from Federal Home Loan Bank, San Francisco to Help Latinx and Immigrant Businesses Weather the 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 Sept. 11, 2020 MEDA Awarded AHEAD Grant from Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Funding to help Mission District Latinx and immigrant entrepreneurs weather the COVID-19 pandemic San Francisco — The Federal Home…

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MEDA Pivots to Rapidly Deploy $4.3 Million in Paycheck Protection Program Loans for Bay Area Small Businesses in Need

by Fondo Adelante Small Business Loan Officer Pablo Solares The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was much applauded — and even more needed — when passed by the U.S. Congress at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. This monumental legislation sought to economically support small ventures which had suddenly lost business due to the public health…

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Mission Promise Neighborhood Updates, as a New School Year Begins

by Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood Richard Raya The new school year school begins this week in San Francisco, and remote learning makes for unusual times for all of us. But the extensive groundwork we laid over the summer ensures that Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) is ready to support our students, families and school district. Throughout…

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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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