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MEDA’s Karoleen Feng Awarded Certificate of Honor from San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Affordable-Housing Work Praised

As MEDA staff filled the pews at the regular Tuesday San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ meeting today at City Hall, it was anything but a “regular” day for Karoleen Feng, who is usually busy crunching numbers on complex real estate transactions that will reverse displacement. That’s because District 11 Supervisor Asha Safai (photo, back row,…

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Mission Promise Neighborhood is Keeping Families in Affordable and Stable Housing, While Decreasing the Student Mobility Rate

MEDA and Mission Promise Neighborhood are fulfilling our vision by keeping families in San Francisco via connections to viable options for stable and affordable housing. We are solving the affordable-housing crisis through collective solutions. In addition to connecting families to eviction-protection services and the below-market-rate (BMR) apartment lottery, Mission Promise Neighborhood Family Success Coaches connect…

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Time to Scale a Big Idea Called Small Sites, Stem Displacement in Communities of Color

Photo: Some of the residents of 10-unit 3329 20th Street in San Francisco’s Mission. With MEDA’s Small Sites Program purchase, all can now stay in their homes. Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Associate Director of Community Real Estate Johnny Oliver MEDA established its Community Real Estate team in 2014. The goal?…

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Delivering the Promise of the Mission’s 681 Florida Community Benefit

In 2016, the Mission community stood up en masse against the market-rate development given the moniker “Beast on Bryant” due to its paucity of on-site affordable housing and community arts spaces. The outcome was a community benefit being granted by the market-rate developer: The lot was split and a portion given to the City for…

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Hoy es el día: ¡Hable ahora sobre sus inquietudes sobre la vivienda!

(English version follows) Cinco razones para tomar la encuesta en internet de la ciudad de San Francisco La Ciudad de San Francisco tiene una pregunta muy importante para usted: ¿Se están cumpliendo sus necesidades de vivienda? Esta es su oportunidad de hablar y ser contado. Tener vivienda de calidad que sea estable y económica es…

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In Their Own Words: The Simms Family on their New Habitat for Humanity Home

“We want to thank MEDA’s Housing Opportunities team from the bottom of our hearts for helping our family achieve this unforgettable accomplishment of becoming first-time homebuyers. We can’t believe it’s true, and are still in shock that our dreams have become a reality and that we finally have a home to call our own. “Never…

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Ani Rivera in Her Own Words: Organizing to Fight Eviction via Small Sites Program

MEDA just bought its 15th Small Sites Program apartment building, keeping 93 households vulnerable to eviction in place. We have shared in previous Small Sites Progam blogs how these purchases offer a targeted approach to stopping displacement in its  tracks. The strategy is for nonprofits, such as MEDA, to buy four- to 25-unit properties —…

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In Chan Kaajal Park Opens, Will Serve as Parkside Porch for the People at MEDA’s 2060 Folsom Affordable-Housing Development

A mixture of sun, plenty of kids, gleaming playground equipment, a community garden coming in bloom and a blessing from indigenous peoples combined to create a memorable day as the Mission’s first new park in a decade was inaugurated on June 23. Its name: In Chan Kaajal, which translates as “My Little Town” in Mayan….

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Karoleen Feng’s Speech at MEDA 1,000 Homes Saved Celebration

(Watch video of MEDA’s community-development work.) “Good evening. I want to welcome the community. Thank you for joining us this evening. My name is Karoleen Feng, and I am proud to be the director of Community Real Estate for the Mission Economic Development Agency.  “Tonight is our chance to all take a pause to celebrate not…

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HUD Budget Cuts Would Accelerate Re-Segregation of High-Cost Cities, San Francisco at Top of List

The Trump Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget, announced Feb. 27, augments military spending by $54 billion — a 10 percent increase. The administration aims to offset that staggering cost by decimating non-defense cabinet departments’ budgets by the same 10 percent (Figure 1). These non-defense programs have for decades showcased positive impacts in communities of…

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