Mission District San Francisco Blog

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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MEDA’s Mission, Vision and Core Values are Always Front of Mind

MEDA’s mission and vision statements — coupled with our five core values — are always front of mind as we achieve results via our innovative community-development work. Mission Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through…

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MEDA Celebrates Día de los Muertos at Plaza Adelante

Many conflate Halloween with the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). While the latter may sound like a similarly ominous occasion, it is anything but frightening. Día de los Muertos, an annual festival from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, is truly a time to celebrate the lives of those who…

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CEO Luis Granados’ Welcoming Remarks at ¡VIVA MEDA! 45 Gala

45 years. Four-and-a-half decades. Almost half a century. No matter how you say it, I stand here tonight humbled by the legacy MEDA has built since 1973. And we could never have reached this point without each and every one of you. ¡VIVA MEDA! is truly a celebration of all of our collective work. Welcome!…

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MEDA Helping Mission Street Small Businesses Thrive: La Mejor Bakery

MEDA’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020 re-envisions its work via five measurable results to be achieved for the San Francisco Mission District community by 2020. RESULT 5: THE MISSION IS A STRONG AND SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY FOR LATINO RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES AND INSTITUTIONS MEDA is committed to ensuring the Mission District retains its historic and current identity as a strong…

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Striving Together: CPNN Creating a Culture of Results and Generating Collective Impact

Representatives of the California Promise Neighborhoods Network (CPNN) were honored to share their work with StriveTogether communities at the ninth annual Cradle to Career Network convening in Seattle from October 10-12. With a theme of “Go Far, Go Together: Uniting in Pursuit of Equity for Every Child,” CPNN was ready to discuss lessons learned around…

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Innovations in Lending: How Three CDFIs Are Deepening Their Commitment to Latino Entrepreneurs

Co-authored by: Chief Credit Officer Nelly Rojas-Moreno, LiftFund Chief Credit Officer and Head of Small Business Programs Oswaldo Acosta, Latino Economic Development Center Director of Fondo Adelante, Nathanial Owen, MEDA Lending to Latino entrepreneurs is a strong business model for any CDFI. That is the fundamental message being put forth by a trio of nonprofit…

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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: Creating Community-Serving Commercial Spaces

Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Senior Project Manager Feliciano Vera 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 and small businesses. We pivoted…

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