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San Francisco Celebrates Renewal of 462 Duboce at “Redefining Public Housing” Event

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 13, 2018 San Francisco Celebrates Renewal of 462 Duboce “Redefining Public Housing” Event San Francisco — Officials will join Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and BRIDGE Housing at 11:30 a.m. today to celebrate the…

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MEDA’s Karoleen Feng Awarded Certificate of Honor from San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Affordable-Housing Work Praised

As MEDA staff filled the pews at the regular Tuesday San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ meeting today at City Hall, it was anything but a “regular” day for Karoleen Feng, who is usually busy crunching numbers on complex real estate transactions that will reverse displacement. That’s because District 11 Supervisor Asha Safai (photo, back row,…

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A Community Effort Creates Affordable and Quality Housing at 60 28th St.

Last December when MEDA Assistant Project Manager Veronica Lira first caught a glimpse of 60 28th St. in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights, she knew a significant challenge lay ahead. The building had a staggering 11 Notices of Violation from the City — violations that had been open for three years, leaving the residents in subpar…

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The Ecosystem to Cultivate Latino Generational Wealth and Power Building

Co-authored by: Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Integrated Services Manager Ernesto Martinez Business Development Program Manager Edwin Rodriguez Associate Director of Community Real Estate Johnny Oliver Community Real Estate Project Assistant Juan Diego Castro With hundreds traveling from across the country to convene in San Antonio for the National Association of Latino Community…

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Q&A: Fighting Gentrification and Displacement via San Francisco’s Small Sites Program

by Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng MEDA launched its Community Real Estate program just four years ago, as a proactive, aggressive response to the unprecedented gentrification and subsequent displacement occurring in San Francisco’s Mission District, long a welcoming neighborhood for Latino immigrants. We pivoted from being a 45-year-old direct-services agency to becoming an…

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MEDA Data Analysis: Families Earning Less Than $35,000 Annually in San Francisco

by Evaluator Severin Saenz (NOTE: Map is interactive) With the Annual Median Income (AMI) of $87,701 in San Francisco (ACS 2016; 5-Year Estimates), it’s easy to overlook low-wage workers who struggle to make ends meet. The average San Franciscan has a seemingly high AMI and from a cursory perspective it obscures the financial struggles of families earning lower wages.

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Una Familia Determinada a Sobresalir

por Adriana Jones Lima (English follows Spanish) La familia Arriola Hernández vino a los Estados Unidos en los noventas y es originalmente de la Ciudad de México. Refugio llegó primero a los EEUU a continuar sus estudios y luego mandó por su esposa, Elvira.  A poco tiempo Refugio aprendió que la vida estadounidense cuesta mucho…

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Affordable-Housing Promotoras Honored by San Francisco Board of Supervisors

“These promotoras are the most effective and committed to helping others apply for affordable housing in San Francisco.” So said MEDA Community Organizer Dairo Romero at an August 3 celebration of 642 below-market-rate (BMR) apartment applications being put in by the Latino community, with the assistance of these 12 community outreach workers. Romero’s statement is…

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Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng’s Speech at 4830 Mission St. Press Conference with Mayor London Breed and District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safaí

MEDA’s purchase of 4830 Mission St. makes this a big day, but not just for us. Today is also a big day for the Excelsior … and San Francisco overall. Vivienda Adelante – 4830 Mission St. marks a huge first for affordable housing in San Francisco, as today we have not only preserved affordable housing…

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A Big Change: Small Sites Program Used by MEDA to Convert 4830 Mission St. into Affordable Housing

When MEDA recently closed on its 22nd Small Sites Program building, it signaled a reimagining of how the innovative City initiative could not just preserve affordable housing, but actually create it. All prior MEDA Small Sites Program purchases already featured rent-controlled units: This is a targeted approach to keep tenants, vulnerable to no-fault eviction by…

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