Mission District San Francisco Blog

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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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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MEDA Data Analysis: Families Earning Less Than $35,000 Annually in San Francisco

by Evaluator Severin Saenz (NOTE: Map is interactive) With the Annual Median Income (AMI) of $87,701 in San Francisco (ACS 2016; 5-Year Estimates), it’s easy to overlook low-wage workers who struggle to make ends meet. The average San Franciscan has a seemingly high AMI and from a cursory perspective it obscures the financial struggles of families earning lower wages.

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It’s Time to Repeal Unfair Costa Hawkins Law: MEDA Backs a “Yes” Vote on Prop 10 Affordable Housing Act this November

Article and photo by Director of Policy & Advocacy Norma P. Garcia $4,560. $3,200. $2,290. No, these are not the costs of extravagant overseas vacations. It’s actually the median respective two-bedroom rent in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Such exorbitant housing costs leave California’s families rent-burdened, with little cash left over each month…

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to Keynote the ¡VIVA MEDA! 45 Gala

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2018 California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to Keynote the ¡VIVA MEDA! 45 Gala First Latino to serve as California Attorney General San Francisco — The nonprofit Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) has announced…

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MEDA Helping Mission Street Small Businesses Thrive: Imagen Beauty Salon

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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