Small Sites Program Archives

Fondo Adelante Rapid Acquisition Fund Poised to Build Capacity of Small Sites Program Across San Francisco

Co-authored by: Director of Fondo Adelante Nathanial Owen  Chief Strategy Officer Lucy Arellano Baglieri (Part 2 of 2) Small Sites. It’s anything but small. Once a $3 million pilot program with MEDA, the San Francisco Small Sites Program is today a $40 million per year housing preservation strategy funded through a combination of City general…

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MEDA Harnessing the Power of San Francisco’s Small Sites Program, 25 Buildings and 400+ Residents Saved So Far

Co-authored by: Director of Fondo Adelante Nathanial Owen  Chief Strategy Officer Lucy Arellano Baglieri (Part 1 of 2) How does a longtime community-based organization in a span of five years go from solely providing direct services to becoming an innovative affordable-housing developer? Well, MEDA’s trajectory has been unique, but it is a model now ready…

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Mayor London Breed Announces Acquisition of Housing and the El Rio Bar Through the City’s Small Sites Program

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 9, 2019 Mayor London Breed Announces Acquisition of Housing and the El Rio Bar Through the City’s Small Sites Program Eight residential homes in the Mission-Bernal Heights neighborhood will remain permanently affordable as…

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Mayor London Breed Announces the Acquisition and Preservation of First Small Sites Building in the Sunset

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. 27, 2019 Mayor London Breed Announces the Acquisition and Preservation of First Small Sites Building in the Sunset With Small Sites Program acquisition, six multi-generational families will be able to remain in their…

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MEDA Leading the Charge in Affordable ADU Completion, Streamlines Replicable Model for Affordable and Accessible Homes for Vulnerable Community Members

In a 49-square-mile city with 50,000 new residents added in the last five years alone, it takes innovative solutions to create more homes within the existing housing fabric. This is especially true for our most-vulnerable community members — seniors, people with disabilities and low-income residents.  One way is via the creation of Accessory-Dwelling Units (ADUs),…

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City of San Francisco Press Release: Preservation of Historic Residential Building in the Haight Prevents Eviction

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 30, 2019 Preservation of Historic Residential Building in the Haight Prevents Eviction A historic seven-unit Victorian will be preserved as permanently affordable apartments San Francisco — Supervisor Vallie Brown and community leaders celebrate…

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Community Effort Leads to Small Sites Program Purchase, Saves Longtime 520 Shrader St. Residents from Impending Ellis Act Evictions in the Haight

“While I’ve spent my career protecting wildlife habitats, facing an Ellis Act eviction brought home the fact that my understanding of human habitats paled in comparison,” claims Bay Area native Jude Stalker (photo, right), a resident of 520 Shrader St. This property is a Victorian in a prime location just a stone’s throw away from…

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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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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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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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