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MEDA Helping Small Businesses Thrive: El Rinconcito Catracho #2

MEDA is committed to ensuring the Mission District retains its historic and current identity as a strong Latino community, and a welcoming place for immigrants and the generations of Latino families who have long called the neighborhood home. It is imperative that small businesses thrive, as one strategy of community ownership. Following is a story…

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A Story of Pride: MEDA Client Patricia Narciso is One Smart Cookie, Now Scaling Alfajores Narciso

“I take inspiration to come up with new recipes wherever I go. One of my popular creations, as a proud LGBT member, is my ‘Rainbow Alfajor,’ which was inspired by San Francisco itself,” says Patricia Narciso, who emigrated from Peru 18 years ago in search of opportunity. Patricia’s love of alfajores began as a child….

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MEDA Helping Small Businesses Thrive: El Corazón Gallery

MEDA is committed to ensuring the Mission District retains its historic and current identity as a strong Latino community, and a welcoming place for immigrants and the generations of Latino families who have long called the neighborhood home. This means that Latinos of all income levels are able to call the Mission District their permanent…

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San Francisco ¡VIVA! Convening Features Best Practice Exchange, Advances National Movement of Wealth and Power-Building in Communities of Color

by Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Family wealth and community ownership are key for political power and, ultimately, a national movement for equity for communities of color who have for far too long been oppressed by systemic barriers. Although we are all so busy doing difficult, impactful work, it’s vital to make time…

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Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng’s Speech at HUD’s Asian American Pacific Islander Month Celebration

Unite Our Mission By Engaging Each Other: Inclusion, Leadership, Persistence, Relationships, Effort & Dedication As we reflect as a community today on our Asian American Pacific Islander community’s place and future in the Bay Area, in California and across the land, let’s first remember to applaud our diversity — and our longtime contributions to this…

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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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Strengthening Latino and Immigrant Small Businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District

by Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano (Follow Lucy on LinkedIn) About 4.4 million businesses in the United States annually contribute more than $700 billion to the economy. Latino-owned businesses, that is. This according to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. There is no denying the burgeoning economic power of the Latino community across…

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Cultural Placekeeping, Part 3 of 3: What We are Learning about Community Ownership

Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng (Follow Karoleen on LinkedIn) Director of Fondo Adelante Nathanial Owen (Follow Nathanial on LinkedIn) Many cities across the nation struggle with gentrification and its subsequent displacement of low-income communities of color, but nowhere is this more evident than in San Francisco’s Mission District. This vibrant neighborhood — long…

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Cultural Placekeeping, Part 2 of 3: The Strategies for Cultural Placekeeping in Low-Income Communities of Color

Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng (Follow Karoleen on LinkedIn) Director of Fondo Adelante Nathanial Owen (Follow Nathanial on LinkedIn) Many cities across the nation struggle with gentrification and its subsequent displacement of low-income communities of color, but nowhere is this more evident than in San Francisco’s Mission District. This vibrant neighborhood — long…

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Cultural Placekeeping, Part 1 of 3: The Case for Cultural Placekeeping in Low-Income Communities of Color

Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng (Follow Karoleen on LinkedIn) Director of Fondo Adelante Nathanial Owen (Follow Nathanial on LinkedIn) Many cities across the nation struggle with gentrification and its subsequent displacement of low-income communities of color, but nowhere is this more evident than in San Francisco’s Mission District. This vibrant neighborhood — long…

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