Community Real Estate Strategy Archives

MEDA’s Four-Pronged Approach to Cultural Placekeeping in a Low-Income Community of Color

Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Senior Project Manager Feliciano Vera Many cities across the nation struggle with gentrification and its subsequent displacement of low-income communities of color, but nowhere is this more evident than in San Francisco’s Mission District. This vibrant neighborhood — long a welcoming hub for immigrants from Mexico,…

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MEDA Leading the Charge in Affordable ADU Completion, Streamlines Replicable Model for Affordable and Accessible Homes for Vulnerable Community Members

In a 49-square-mile city with 50,000 new residents added in the last five years alone, it takes innovative solutions to create more homes within the existing housing fabric. This is especially true for our most-vulnerable community members — seniors, people with disabilities and low-income residents.  One way is via the creation of Accessory-Dwelling Units (ADUs),…

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Q&A: Creating Community-Serving Commercial Spaces

Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Senior Project Manager Feliciano Vera MEDA launched its Community Real Estate program just four years ago, as a proactive, aggressive response to the unprecedented gentrification and subsequent displacement occurring in San Francisco’s Mission District, long a welcoming neighborhood for Latino immigrants and small businesses. We pivoted…

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A Big Change: Small Sites Program Used by MEDA to Convert 4830 Mission St. into Affordable Housing

When MEDA recently closed on its 22nd Small Sites Program building, it signaled a reimagining of how the innovative City initiative could not just preserve affordable housing, but actually create it. All prior MEDA Small Sites Program purchases already featured rent-controlled units: This is a targeted approach to keep tenants, vulnerable to no-fault eviction by…

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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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MEDA Purchases 2093 Mission St., Continuing Strategy of Anchoring Mission Street Corners

Christopher Gil Senior Content Marketing Manager Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 4, 2018 MEDA Purchases 2093 Mission St., Continuing Strategy of Anchoring Mission Street Corners Vital work to keep the Mission Street corridor a place for families to live, work and shop San Francisco, Calif. — The…

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The Key to Strengthening Low-Income Families: Connecting Financial Capability and Affordable-Housing Strategies

Co-authored by: Executive Director Luis Granados Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng At MEDA, we believe that given the existing housing and economic circumstances in the Mission District, San Francisco — and the Bay Area overall — it is imperative that low-income families are concurrently connected to…

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MEDA Community Real Estate Team Earning Trust at Five RAD Public Housing Sites

by Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Contributed to by Project Manager Leslie Palaroan and Project Assistant Dylan Hamilton Back in 2014, MEDA responded to the call by the City of San Francisco to transition ownership and management of public housing, with the aim to have nonprofits engage with residents who had lived for…

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MEDA to San Francisco Business Times: Yes, We Do “Get It.” “It” is called Fair Housing.

Some of the 24 tenants of 3229 20th St., who fought eviction, with MEDA buying their building via the Small Sites Program. Photo by Beatriz Ordonez. The San Francisco Business Times’ recently published story, “The Mission Economic Development Agency Still Doesn’t Get It,” questions our community-based organization’s role in the real estate dynamics of the Mission…

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MEDA’s Creative Strategies for Creative Placekeeping in the Mission

by Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Contributed to by Senior Project Manager Feliciano Vera The Mission has a decades-long history of being a hub for an inclusive community of arts & cultural institutions that reflect the neighborhood’s Latino, LGBTQ and immigrant identities. The Mission has been a home for institutions such as Galeria…

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