Rising in the face of a housing crisis
San Francisco’s Mission District has always been a supportive place for low-income and immigrant Latinos, but it’s now one of the most unaffordable neighborhoods in the country. Between 2000 and 2019, the Latino population of the Mission fell by over 9,000 residents. That amounts to nearly one in three Latino residents in 2000 leaving, whether forcibly or voluntarily, over the next two decades. MEDA is using our years of experience to keep Latinos and working families in the Mission District and help them thrive.
The development at 1296 Shotwell brings affordable apartment rentals to the Mission for our seniors.
MEDA and Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC) were selected as the joint-venture nonprofit developers by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) for 1296 Shotwell, which is 100 percent affordable housing for seniors. The building is designed to include pedestrian safety, security for residents and amenities that encourage activities for seniors. (Read report on award-winning seismic design to ensure the safety of our senior residents.)
The 1296 Shotwell property provides much-needed affordable homes for Mission seniors, who will be connected to existing community programs and activities. There are also be opportunities to bring in multi-generational programs for families and seniors. The design of the building incorporates public art, so that the building captures the essence of the diverse culture of the Mission/Bernal Heights.