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New Year’s Resolution: Become a MEDA Tax Volunteer

  Here’s a New Year’s resolution that’s sure to generate impact: Become a MEDA tax volunteer and give back to the low-income Mission community. MEDA is the largest free VITA tax service in the Bay Area, but that takes volunteers … like you. The upcoming season runs from Jan. 22 to April 15. (Read of…

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NALCAB and MEDA Swing into Action Nationwide, Goal to Support Communities of Color to Build Wealth and Power

“This is a national movement — a culmination of all of our local work in San Francisco’s Mission District. On a micro-level, it’s about strengthening organizations by offering customized training and technical assistance. But the big picture centers around fostering wealth and power building not just for Latinos, but for all low- and moderate-income clients,…

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MEDA Kicks Off Statewide Training & Capacity Building Series in Fresno: “Adelante: Moving California Families Forward with Financial Capability”

Wealth = power. Power = wealth. The above equations are at the core of MEDA’s philosophy in sharing its integrated Financial Capability model. This began as MEDA’s key generational asset building strategy in annually serving over 7,000 primarily Latino and immigrant community members in San Francisco’s Mission District, and across the Bay Area. This has…

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MEDA Expanding Viva Integrated Financial Coaching Model Across California to Increase Access and Equity for Latinos, Supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co. Grant

For 45 years, MEDA has worked to break down and overcome the systemic barriers faced by the low-income, immigrant Latino community endeavoring to build generational assets. This is especially important in this time of federal political vitriol being an affront to our community, other low-income communities and other communities of color. There is an urgent…

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MEDA Sharing its Financial Coaching Model in California’s Central Valley

One of the many highlights of a recent MEDA Financial Capability training was lunch at a neighborhood eatery. This “shop within a shop” featured only one item on its menu: Mexican mole prepared daily by the owner herself, just like she used to do in her home state of Oaxaca. This is the way many…

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UnidosUS Scales “FinancialWorks,” Partners with The Financial Clinic and MEDA for Expanded National Impact

A May 2017 report by Financial Finesse examined how behaviors over time can create a cycle of hindered financial wellness. The study found that Latinos nationwide are not faring well, with 49 percent in the “struggling” or “suffering” categories of financial health; this compares to 23 percent for Asian Americans and 26 percent for Caucasians….

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Social Impact in Tech: Lessons Learned with LendUp and Other Leaders

Co-authored by: LendUp Social Entrepreneur Amanda Lotz MEDA Housing Opportunities Program Manager Laura Ospina-Jaramillo Last month, LendUp hosted a panel and brainstorm session with tech innovators, social impact changemakers and nonprofit professionals from the San Francisco Bay Area. The evening began with a conversation centered on the intersection of social impact and technology, with panelists…

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MEDA Receives PayPal Grant for MEDAPulse App

Christopher Gil Senior Content Marketing Manager Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 8, 2018 MEDA Receives PayPal Grant for MEDAPulse App Funds to complete design and launch financial-services mobile app in 2018  San Francisco, Calif. — Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), an organization committed to strengthening low- and…

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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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Come to MEDA to Apply for CalFresh Food Assistance for Your Family

May is “CalFresh Awareness Month” — now more important than ever. According to a May 17 San Francisco Chronicle article, in which MEDA’s Financial Capability Program Manager Jackie Marcelos was quoted, only 50 percent of San Franciscans eligible for CalFresh have signed up. Unfortunate. CalFresh, formerly known as Food Stamps, is California’s implementation of the…

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