Mission District San Francisco Blog

JPMorgan Chase Holds “Entrepreneurs of Color” Event at MEDA’s Plaza Adelante

While the challenge of accessing capital plagues most small-business owners, the problem is especially acute among minority-owned ventures. A look at U.S. Small Business Administration lending data indicates an ongoing divide: Only 2 to 3 percent of loans go to African American-owned businesses, while the rate for Latinos ranges from just 5 to 6 percent….

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Immigrant Experience Inspires Latino Leaders to Meet Current Challenges

Mural by Mel Waters and David Hyde Cho, Mission and 19th streets, San Francisco Mission District Photo credit: Nehama Rogozen, California Reinvestment Coalition As the Senate takes up the debate on an immigration bill — and the White House ramps up deportation efforts and looks to punish immigrant families from using social services to which…

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Delivering the Promise of the Mission’s 681 Florida Community Benefit

In 2016, the Mission community stood up en masse against the market-rate development given the moniker “Beast on Bryant” due to its paucity of on-site affordable housing and community arts spaces. The outcome was a community benefit being granted by the market-rate developer: The lot was split and a portion given to the City for…

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Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood Richard Raya Championing a Community’s Collective Vision

In December 2012, MEDA worked with city agencies and 25 neighborhood partners to replicate New York’s successful Harlem Children’s Zone in the Mission District of San Francisco. The goal of the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) is to guide students on a cradle-to-college-to-career continuum, while helping their families achieve economic success. Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood Richard…

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To Gubernatorial Candidates: MEDA’s Community Needs Matter

by Director of Policy & Advocacy Norma P. Garcia At last night’s “2018 Gubernatorial Candidates Forum” at UCLA, I had the opportunity to hear several candidates offer their vision for the future of our state. While MEDA does not endorse candidates for any office, we vow to stand up for the issues that impact our…

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Plaza Adelante First-Floor Reimagining to Begin in February, Adding to MEDA’s Vision for Mission Street Corridor

Family friendly. Vibrant microbusiness environment. Community anchor. These are the impassioned hopes of MEDA for the reimagining of the ground floor space of Plaza Adelante.  With this rethinking of the space, MEDA is implementing strategies of placekeeping of the Mission Street commercial corridor that has longed served as the lifeblood of the neighborhood. The goal…

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Save Mission Street Campaign: Hundreds of Community Members March to Demand Commercial Corridor Preservation

With an Aztec dancer and rhythmic drumbeats leading the way, hundreds of San Francisco’s Mission District community members today took to the street, specifically the Mission Street corridor. United to Save the Mission — a coalition of a dozen longtime neighborhood groups and organizations that works to enhance and protect the lives of low- to…

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Social Impact in Tech: Lessons Learned with LendUp and Other Leaders

Co-authored by: LendUp Social Entrepreneur Amanda Lotz MEDA Housing Opportunities Program Manager Laura Ospina-Jaramillo Last month, LendUp hosted a panel and brainstorm session with tech innovators, social impact changemakers and nonprofit professionals from the San Francisco Bay Area. The evening began with a conversation centered on the intersection of social impact and technology, with panelists…

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La Temporada de Impuestos está Aquí

(English version follows Spanish) por Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano con Integrated Services Manager Ernesto Martinez La mayoría de nosotros debemos presentar nuestros impuestos, para el año tributario 2017, antes del 17 de Abril de 2018. Debido a todos los ataques políticos hechos especialmente a nuestra comunidad y los cambios en el código…

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Mission Interim Controls Granted, Part of Plan to Stabilize Mission Street and Mission Neighborhood

MEDA’s recently expanded Policy and Advocacy team is working hand-in-hand with community partners and the District Supervisor’s office to stem the displacement of Latinx residents and family-serving businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District. Since the year 2000, there have been 8,000 Latinos displaced — that’s over 25 percent of our community. Concurrently, myriad small, immigrant-owned…

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