Small Sites Program

What is the Small Sites Program?

Small Sites is a program from the City of San Francisco. The aim is to acquire buildings where long-term, vulnerable tenants may be evicted. Tenants are evicted through the Ellis Act, an owner move-in or other means, so that the landlord can make more money from selling the building.

What properties can we buy as Small Sites?

  • The official City program guidelines are for four- to 25-unit buildings; however, we can request exemptions for smaller buildings, or those that are a bit larger.
  • MEDA is looking in the Mission District and nearby, and can purchase buildings with commercial spaces.

Portfolio to date:
Vivienda Adelante – 380 San Jose (4 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 642 Guerrero (4 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 344 Precita (4 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 3840 Folsom (4 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 1500 Cortland (4 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 3329 20th (10 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 3800 Mission (6 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 269 Richland (6 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 63 Lapidge (6 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 3198 24th (13 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 2217 Mission (9 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 1015 Shotwell (10 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 1411 Florida (6 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 19 Precita (3 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 35 Fair (4 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 305 San Carlos (13 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 3353 26th (11 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 60 28th (6 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 2093 Mission (16 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 65 Woodward (6 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 654 Capp (6 units)
Vivienda Adelante – 4830 Mission (27 units)

How does the Small Sites Program work?

  • MEDA can buy the properties and keep the current tenants, as long as the tenants are in good standing with the existing leases.
  • The building should mostly be low- to moderate income households. 
  • Tenants are part of the purchase, so we work with tenants to ensure the purchase is successful.
  • City program will provide a $300,000-$375,000 subsidy per unit to ensure rents stay affordable to current tenants.
  • The City subsidy also finances the rehabilitation of the building to quality housing.

For what are we looking in a possible Small Sites purchase?

  • Buildings about to go on the market or on the market right now.
  • Buildings with existing tenants, of which a number are low- to moderate-income households.
  • Buildings in the Mission or Mission adjacent.
  • We prioritize buildings where families with children live.
  • We often buy buildings with soft-story retrofit seismic work or having long-term repair needs.

What do tenants in possible Small Sites purchases need to do?

  • Tenants need to agree that the nonprofit(s) would be the new landlord(s).
  • Tenants must provide information about income to meet City goals of helping low- to moderate-income families in place.

What we would love to make the Small Sites Program truly work?

  • Tenants who know their housing rights.
  • Tenants who want to stay in the building.
  • Tenants who advocate with MEDA for more funds from City to purchase other buildings where tenants are at risk of eviction.

If you are a vulnerable tenant interested in having MEDA possibly buy your apartment’s property, please contact Johnny Oliver: 
(415) 282-3334 ext. 123; joliver@medasf.org.