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Fingersnaps Media Arts’ DJ Lamont Gets in His Groove with New Commercial Space in MEDA Small Sites Program Property

“My mom was a fanatic about music. My childhood home was filled with the sounds of everything from Motown to Crystal Gayle to disco. I just listened and took it all in like a sponge.” So explains Lamont Bransford-Young (photo, center) of his love of all things music, as evidenced by his shelves teeming with…

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La Determinación de la Familia Rodríguez los Lleva a un Nuevo Hogar de Bajo Costo

(English follows Spanish) por Alejandro Bautista En el 2001, Claudia Rodríguez, de 25 años, y su esposo Roberto, de 27 años, emigraron de su natal México a San Francisco. Roberto ya había pasado algún tiempo en una ciudad cerca de la Bahía, por lo que le pidió a Claudia que se dirigiera al norte con…

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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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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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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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Three Resilient Families Win City’s Affordable-Housing Lottery, Now Living at The Duboce

The Duboce, at 181 Sanchez Street in San Francisco’s popular Duboce Triangle neighborhood, offers a brand-new development loaded with amenities. Ten of the units were on-site affordable housing, per the City of San Francisco’s mandate. At $1,133 for a one-bedroom and $1,264 for a two-bedroom, these below-market-rate (BMR) apartments rented for a fraction of the…

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Nonprofit Worker Shannon Noonan Finds a Home in San Francisco

When Shannon Noonan was a curious 7-year-old, a trip to San Francisco turned into more than a family vacation. It defined her life. That’s because Shannon sensed a freedom that led to her later becoming a teenager preoccuupied with all things related to San Francisco history, from reading about the Summer of Love to jamming…

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Apply at MEDA by Oct. 16 for 113 BMR Apartments: The Martin, Natalie Gubb Commons and 570 Jessie

(Español sigue inglés.)  Everyone knows that market-rate rents in San Francisco are still out of reach for far too many. Zumper, the popular real estate site, just found that despite rents dropping by 0.9 percent in the last quarter, the median for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is still a staggering average of $3,390…

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Are You an Artist Seeking Affordable Housing in San Francisco? Attend MEDA’s Free Workshop Nov. 14

San Francisco is a city that values creativity, a longtime value that has drawn myriad new residents seeking support for their artistic ideas. But how can a city tout that value when artists are being priced out by exorbitant rents? Sadly, the arts community has experienced vast displacement over the past decade. This cultural loss…

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