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MEDA’s Legacy of Support and Advocacy to Foster the Growth of Small Businesses

When nonprofit MEDA opened its doors in a small space in San Francisco’s Mission District way back in 1973, there was a sole purpose: strengthening small businesses. The origin of that work was fostering the creation of an asset for the new waves of immigrants coming from Mexico, Central America and South America. MEDA’s support…

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What is in YOUR Next Chapter? Find out by Joining MEDA’s VITA Tax Team in 2020!

by MEDA’s Marcail Distante In addition to catching yourself scratching out “19” on different forms, papers and documents, 2020 comes with a new chapter in your book of life. Now is the ideal time to think about what unknown stories, learnings and networks lie ahead of you with each available opportunity. That’s why you should…

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Inspiring Early/Head Start Parents to Best Support Child Learning and Development through the Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors Curriculum

Co-authored by: Associate Director Liz Cortez Early Learning Program Manager Ada Freund Mission Promise Neighborhood, San Francisco Early/Head Start programs promote school readiness of young children (0-5) from low-income families by supporting the development of the whole child. These vital programs create a positive environment to support the growth of children via a diverse range…

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An Explanation of the San Francisco Educator’s Downpayment Assistance Loan Program

Co-authored by: MEDA Housing Opportunities Program Manager Laura Ospina Landed Relationship Manager Azul Cortez Laura Ospina and Azul Cortez answer frequently asked questions about the San Francisco Educator’s Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (DALP). What is the Educator’s DALP? For example, how much can an educator receive in funds, and what types of homes can be…

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With a Goal of Unity, Jose Vazquez Prepares Taxes for his Community in the Mission

(Español sigue Inglés) by MEDA’s Marcail Distante  At the turn of the millennium in 2000, Jose Vazquez emigrated from Mexico looking for new opportunities and a new chapter in his life. He found an apartment in Downtown San Francisco and got started doing the two things he enjoys the most — learning and working. Jose…

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Equitable Affordability: Citi Community Development, Grounded Solutions Network Announce MEDA as a Community Land Trust Accelerator Fund Recipient

Photo: 2205 Mission St. in San Francisco. Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 2, 2020 Equitable Affordability: Citi Community Development, Grounded Solutions Network Announce MEDA as a Community Land Trust Accelerator Fund Recipient Flagship capital grant program advances housing…

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MEDA Tax Volunteer Jimmy Ng Empowers Low-Income Seniors while Prepping his Mom for Retirement as a Tax Preparer

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante As a Project Manager at Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC), Jimmy Ng works closely with the process behind the scenes of affordable-housing units in San Francisco. Jimmy had always heard of MEDA: The pair of organizations collaborate on developing and providing housing for low-income families in San Francisco….

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Mayor Breed Announces Preservation of Affordable Housing in the Richmond District

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 12, 2019 Preservation of Apartment Building in the Richmond District Prevents Eviction Twelve residential homes will remain permanently affordable thanks to the City’s Small Sites Program San Francisco — Mayor London N. Breed…

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MEDA Helping Mission Small Businesses Thrive: Lady Alamo

MEDA is committed to ensuring the Mission District remains a place where small businesses thrive. Following is a profile of a neighborhood venture representing the type of family-serving business MEDA strengthens. Owners: Yiva and Bryce Beal Business: Lady Alamo Address: 2121 Mission St. Type: Retail and studio Product: Bags and accessories What gave you your…

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MEDA Tax Volunteer Teresa Beatty Tests Her Skills, and her Spanish, and Nets $40K in Refunds for the Low-Income and Immigrant Community

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante When two of Teresa Beatty’s friends started working at MEDA, they eagerly encouraged her to start volunteering with the organization. She looked into the different volunteer programs available, deciding upon the VITA program.  Working some time as an ESL teacher in France, Teresa was familiar with how difficult it…

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