Mission District San Francisco Blog

MEDA Announces Awardees for October 1 ¡VIVA MEDA! 47 Annual Anniversary Celebration

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 22, 2020 MEDA Announces Awardees for October 1 ¡VIVA MEDA! 47 Annual Anniversary Celebration Virtual gala will celebrate Latinx community strength during the COVID-19 crisis San Francisco — The nonprofit Mission Economic Development…

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MEDA Awarded COVID-19 Grant from Bank of America

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 18, 2020 MEDA Awarded COVID-19 Grant from Bank of America Funding to help Mission District Latinx and immigrant community weather the pandemic San Francisco — Bank of America has awarded the Mission Economic…

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MEDA Awarded AHEAD Grant from Federal Home Loan Bank, San Francisco to Help Latinx and Immigrant Businesses Weather the COVID-19 Crisis

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 11, 2020 MEDA Awarded AHEAD Grant from Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Funding to help Mission District Latinx and immigrant entrepreneurs weather the COVID-19 pandemic San Francisco — The Federal Home…

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MEDA Pivots to Rapidly Deploy $4.3 Million in Paycheck Protection Program Loans for Bay Area Small Businesses in Need

by Fondo Adelante Small Business Loan Officer Pablo Solares The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was much applauded — and even more needed — when passed by the U.S. Congress at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. This monumental legislation sought to economically support small ventures which had suddenly lost business due to the public health…

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Mission Promise Neighborhood Updates, as a New School Year Begins

by Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood Richard Raya The new school year school begins this week in San Francisco, and remote learning makes for unusual times for all of us. But the extensive groundwork we laid over the summer ensures that Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN) is ready to support our students, families and school district. Throughout…

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Why I Give to MEDA: Major Donor Leagrey Dimond

Photo: Philanthropist Leagrey Dimond (center) with her beloved godchildren, Josgard and David. MEDA’s mission of building equity through Latino wealth, place and power would not be possible without our many generous donors since our start in 1973. Such financial support often comes from individuals: Whether they are major, mid-level or grassroots donors, we could never…

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San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition Advocates for Community Resources in Face of Catastrophic COVID-19 Crisis

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 29, 2020 San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition Advocates for Community Resources in Face of Catastrophic COVID-19 Crisis Virtual press conference to showcase dire need for resources during and after the pandemic…

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MEDA Denounces Executive Order on Redistricting: Constitutionally Questionable Effort to Exclude Immigrants is Immoral and Should Be Judged Illegal

MEDA strongly condemns President Trump’s Tuesday signing of a memorandum that seeks to prevent undocumented immigrants from being counted when U.S. congressional voting districts are redrawn in the next round of redistricting. This marginalization of our hardworking immigrant Latino community has been a mainstay of this administration’s policies, and is evident in the administration’s numerous…

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Critical Needs of Latino Community Members Seeking COVID-19 Services in San Francisco’s Mission District

by Senior Analyst Ryan Fukumori Organizations in the Mission District serve a community that is predominantly Latino, with many non-English speakers and immigrants, including undocumented residents. This community has disproportionately suffered the financial and health-related effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These disparities can be attributed to preexisting structural inequalities, with many Latinos clustered in industries…

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Pivoting During COVID-19 Pandemic, MEDA Offers Businesses Revamped Technical Assistance Coupled with a Reimagining of Spaces

MEDA has been strengthening small businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District since 1973, initially providing loan bundling that has now scaled to include free eight-week workshops, one-on-one coaching, technical assistance and access to capital via Fondo Adelante, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with about 100 low-interest loans in its portfolio. This work has generally…

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