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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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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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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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Livable City Honors MEDA with “Livability Award” for Small Sites Program Work

Last night in front of an audience of 300 at the Mission’s Gray Area Theater, MEDA was honored by Livable City with a “Livability Award” for its affordable-housing work. Livability Award nominees work at the intersection of land-use, environment, public health and social equity in the Bay Area.  Following is Director of Community Real Estate…

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Time to Scale a Big Idea Called Small Sites, Stem Displacement in Communities of Color

Photo: Some of the residents of 10-unit 3329 20th Street in San Francisco’s Mission. With MEDA’s Small Sites Program purchase, all can now stay in their homes. Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Associate Director of Community Real Estate Johnny Oliver MEDA established its Community Real Estate team in 2014. The goal?…

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MEDA Purchases 2093 Mission St., Continuing Strategy of Anchoring Mission Street Corners

Christopher Gil Senior Content Marketing Manager Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 4, 2018 MEDA Purchases 2093 Mission St., Continuing Strategy of Anchoring Mission Street Corners Vital work to keep the Mission Street corridor a place for families to live, work and shop San Francisco, Calif. — The…

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Ani Rivera in Her Own Words: Organizing to Fight Eviction via Small Sites Program

MEDA just bought its 15th Small Sites Program apartment building, keeping 93 households vulnerable to eviction in place. We have shared in previous Small Sites Progam blogs how these purchases offer a targeted approach to stopping displacement in its  tracks. The strategy is for nonprofits, such as MEDA, to buy four- to 25-unit properties —…

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Residents of 1411 Florida Can Stay in Their Home of 27 Years, Thanks to Small Sites Program and SFHAF

It was with trepidation that Rudy and Karen Sorto (photo, second right and third left) came to MEDA requesting translation of a letter found posted on their front door at 1411 Florida in the Mission. MEDA’s Small Sites Program team explained that the building was now for sale, but assured the couple that the current…

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