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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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It’s Time to Shop Small in San Francisco’s Mission District this Saturday, Nov. 30

Take a stroll down vibrant Mission Street and you’ll see the lifeblood of San Francisco’s Mission District, with shops running the gamut from taquerias and discount clothing stores to haircutters and produce markets. These ventures are owned by hardworking community members — many Latinx immigrants building a generational asset for their families in their adopted…

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Mayor London Breed and Community Organizations Announce Purchase of Historic Property to Save and Preserve Centro Social Obrero

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 20, 2019 Mayor London Breed and Community Organizations Announce Purchase of Historic Property to Save and Preserve Centro Social Obrero Transaction will keep 50-year-old organization, Mission Language and Vocational School, in its Mission…

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Juntos Somos Más: Collectively Building Equity Through Latino Wealth, Place and Power

by Chief Strategy Officer Lucy Arellano Latino immigrant communities across the country — from rural to urban and everything in between — are vibrant treasure chests of strength, compassion, hard work and innovation; however, a long-standing opportunity and wealth gap remains for our community, hindering equitable access for us to fully thrive in the U.S….

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Building a Resume and Building Connections: MEDA Volunteer Nicte-Ha Chacon Paves Her Professional Pathway as a Tax Preparer in the Mission

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante Nicte-Ha Chacon was born and raised in Marin County, so has always been a Bay Area girl at heart. Growing up she has fond memories of day trips to San Francisco, going out to eat with her family, visiting the Embarcadero and checking out art on street corners.  Most…

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MEDA’s Fondo Adelante Announces Launch of Largest National Loan Fund for the Growth of Latino-Owned Small Businesses, in Partnership with NALCAB and Wells Fargo

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 14, 2019 MEDA Announces Launch of Largest National Loan Fund for the Growth of Latino-Owned Small Businesses, in Partnership with NALCAB and Wells Fargo $10 million Wells Fargo Foundation grant is designed to…

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From the Land of Green to Green for Clients: MEDA Tax Volunteer Sander Bruens Empowers Clients with Financial Knowledge

by Asset Building Coach Marcail Distante When Sander Bruens arrived in the U.S. from Ireland, he was ready to dive into a new culture, and career. What enticed him to head to the San Francisco Bay Area was a web developer position at tech giant Google, where he would be tasked with designing software tools…

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At MEDA, It’s Meaningful Work Coupled with a Sense of Family

Meaningful. Challenging. Innovative. To anyone who works at MEDA, it’s no surprise that these were the three top adjectives chosen by staff in a survey about their work at the organization. After all, when you are daily building equity through Latino wealth, place and power, you definitely have an impactful career rather than just a…

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Fondo Adelante Rapid Acquisition Fund Poised to Build Capacity of Small Sites Program Across San Francisco

Co-authored by: Director of Fondo Adelante Nathanial Owen  Chief Strategy Officer Lucy Arellano Baglieri (Part 2 of 2) Small Sites. It’s anything but small. Once a $3 million pilot program with MEDA, the San Francisco Small Sites Program is today a $40 million per year housing preservation strategy funded through a combination of City general…

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MEDA Harnessing the Power of San Francisco’s Small Sites Program, 25 Buildings and 400+ Residents Saved So Far

Co-authored by: Director of Fondo Adelante Nathanial Owen  Chief Strategy Officer Lucy Arellano Baglieri (Part 1 of 2) How does a longtime community-based organization in a span of five years go from solely providing direct services to becoming an innovative affordable-housing developer? Well, MEDA’s trajectory has been unique, but it is a model now ready…

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