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A Legacy of Strength: Three Immigration Stories, One Common Goal

MEDA often hears from our stakeholders and funders how impressed they are that the organization takes risks. Yet MEDA’s risk-taking pales in comparison to the risks and sacrifices taken by the majority of the 7,400 clients we annually serve, many of whom had to cross borders to support their families.  A number of MEDA staff…

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MEDA’s Four-Pronged Approach to Cultural Placekeeping in a Low-Income Community of Color

Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Senior Project Manager Feliciano Vera Many cities across the nation struggle with gentrification and its subsequent displacement of low-income communities of color, but nowhere is this more evident than in San Francisco’s Mission District. This vibrant neighborhood — long a welcoming hub for immigrants from Mexico,…

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Wealth, Place and Power: How MEDA’s Promise Neighborhood Fought the Housing Crisis, Moved Families Out of Poverty and Built Community Power so All Mission Kids Could Succeed

Co-authored by: by Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood Richard Raya CEO Luis Granados (NOTE: Read eight-page report on which this blog is based here.) Asset building is in MEDA’s organizational DNA — and we’re proud that it’s part of our origin story, which began 46 years ago. But our future is in collective impact with partners….

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San Francisco ¡VIVA! Convening Features Best Practice Exchange, Advances National Movement of Wealth and Power-Building in Communities of Color

by Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Family wealth and community ownership are key for political power and, ultimately, a national movement for equity for communities of color who have for far too long been oppressed by systemic barriers. Although we are all so busy doing difficult, impactful work, it’s vital to make time…

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U.S. Resiliency Council Awards Gold Rating to Casa Adelante – 1296 Shotwell, Milestone as First Multifamily Affordable Housing Building to Ever Receive this Honor

When MEDA and co-developer Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC) set out to build 94 units of housing for seniors, it sought to ensure that these vulnerable San Franciscans had not just affordable housing, but quality housing. That effort was recently recognized by the United States Resiliency Council (USRC), which awarded Casa Adelante – 1296…

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MEDA Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Baglieri Nominated to Win $25,000 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 August 1, 2019 MEDA Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Baglieri Nominated to Win $25,000 Grant Lucy Arellano Baglieri is among 12 finalists for 2019 Coors Light Líder of the Year San Francisco…

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MEDA Leading the Charge in Affordable ADU Completion, Streamlines Replicable Model for Affordable and Accessible Homes for Vulnerable Community Members

In a 49-square-mile city with 50,000 new residents added in the last five years alone, it takes innovative solutions to create more homes within the existing housing fabric. This is especially true for our most-vulnerable community members — seniors, people with disabilities and low-income residents.  One way is via the creation of Accessory-Dwelling Units (ADUs),…

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MEDA Helping Small Businesses Thrive: El Rinconcito Catracho #2

MEDA is committed to ensuring the Mission District retains its historic and current identity as a strong Latino community, and a welcoming place for immigrants and the generations of Latino families who have long called the neighborhood home. It is imperative that small businesses thrive, as one strategy of community ownership. Following is a story…

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It’s All in the Family with MEDA’s Workforce Development Team

The Colocho family emigrated from El Salvador in 2018 to escape the rampant violence of their homeland, joining their father in the Mission District of San Francisco. Like all immigrants, they sought a better life, which translates to building generational wealth. That often starts with finding a good job as the pathway to a well-paying…

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The Daddy of Them All: GoDaddy Grant to MEDA Will Create Online Presence for 50 Low-Income Entrepreneurs

Whether you run a mom-and-pop coffee shop or adorn bodies with tattoos, an online presence is a standard marketing tool in 2019. Yet far too many small businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District, especially those run by low-income entrepreneurs, lack a digital presence, thereby limiting their chances at economic success. The main challenges to an…

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