Mission District San Francisco Blog

MEDA Expanding Viva Integrated Financial Coaching Model Across California to Increase Access and Equity for Latinos, Supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co. Grant

For 45 years, MEDA has worked to break down and overcome the systemic barriers faced by the low-income, immigrant Latino community endeavoring to build generational assets. This is especially important in this time of federal political vitriol being an affront to our community, other low-income communities and other communities of color. There is an urgent…

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Affordable-Housing Promotoras Honored by San Francisco Board of Supervisors

“These promotoras are the most effective and committed to helping others apply for affordable housing in San Francisco.” So said MEDA Community Organizer Dairo Romero at an August 3 celebration of 642 below-market-rate (BMR) apartment applications being put in by the Latino community, with the assistance of these 12 community outreach workers. Romero’s statement is…

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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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Fondo Adelante Name Change Reflects MEDA’s Ongoing Commitment to Serving the Mission District, and the Bay Area’s Latino Community

What’s in a name? A lot actually. MEDA is excited to announce that it has legally changed the name of its community loan fund to Fondo Adelante. Explains CEO Luis Granados, “We wanted to better reflect the Latino community in our loan fund’s name. ‘Adelante’ literally means ‘move ahead’ in Spanish, and the addition of…

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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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MEDA’s Lucia Obregon City Hall Speech: It is Now Legal for Non-Citizens to Vote in San Francisco School Board Elections

Good morning. My name is Lucia Obregon. I am honored to be here to speak on behalf of Mission Economic Development Agency, also known as MEDA. Since 1973, MEDA has worked tirelessly to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development. We are deeply…

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MEDA Sharing its Financial Coaching Model in California’s Central Valley

One of the many highlights of a recent MEDA Financial Capability training was lunch at a neighborhood eatery. This “shop within a shop” featured only one item on its menu: Mexican mole prepared daily by the owner herself, just like she used to do in her home state of Oaxaca. This is the way many…

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Five Pitches Give MEDA Food for Thought Around Occupant of New Plaza Adelante Restaurant Space

Nearing completion of the reimagining of the first floor of MEDA’s Plaza Adelante neighborhood center, there will be a pair of food stalls to fill. That’s why in late June five prospective small ventures — out of the six that have submitted their business plan — dropped by MEDA’s offices for their pitch to staff….

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Mission Promise Neighborhood Receives $6 Million Two-Year Extension Grant

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 2, 2018 Mission Promise Neighborhood Receives $6 Million Two-Year Extension Grant Five years of collective impact positioned to generate ever-greater results San Francisco — The U.S. Department of Education has announced that San Francisco’s…

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Couple Does Themselves Proud After a No-Fault Eviction, Moves into New BMR Apartment this SF Pride

While grateful to be living with an empathetic friend since January, couple Margarita Contreras (photo, right) and Ana Luisa Murga (photo, left) missed having their privacy. This arrangement followed an expensive month in a hotel after an owner move-in displaced the Excelsior residents from their in-law unit. Margarita and Ana Luisa hail from the same…

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