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. We can request exemptions for smaller buildings.
  • MEDA is looking in the Mission District and nearby, and can purchase buildings with commercial spaces.

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