Dairo Romero Archives

Después de Ser Desalojada Sin Justificación Bianca Ruíz no se Rinde y Encuentra un Nuevo Hogar en San Francisco

(English follows Spanish) por Alejandro Bautista Nativa a San Francisco, Bianca Ruiz, es hija de padres inmigrantes que llegaron por separado a los Estados Unidos en 1990 desde México. El padre de Bianca es de Michoacán mientras que su madre es de Sinaloa. Ambos emigraron por separado en busca de una vida mejor y más…

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A Story of Pride: MEDA Client Patricia Narciso is One Smart Cookie, Now Scaling Alfajores Narciso

“I take inspiration to come up with new recipes wherever I go. One of my popular creations, as a proud LGBT member, is my ‘Rainbow Alfajor,’ which was inspired by San Francisco itself,” says Patricia Narciso, who emigrated from Peru 18 years ago in search of opportunity. Patricia’s love of alfajores began as a child….

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La Determinación de la Familia Rodríguez los Lleva a un Nuevo Hogar de Bajo Costo

(English follows Spanish) por Alejandro Bautista En el 2001, Claudia Rodríguez, de 25 años, y su esposo Roberto, de 27 años, emigraron de su natal México a San Francisco. Roberto ya había pasado algún tiempo en una ciudad cerca de la Bahía, por lo que le pidió a Claudia que se dirigiera al norte con…

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Victoria Para Victoria Nieto: Aseguró Vivienda Económica en San Francisco

(English follows Spanish) No es una tarea fácil llegar con $4,000 para pagar la renta cada mes especialmente cuando una mamá soltera tiene que cuidar a su hija de 5 años. Eso era lo que la familia de  Victoria Nieto, una inmigrante de El Salvador estaba tratando de hacer para mantener su vivienda. La familia…

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Affordable-Housing Promotoras Honored by San Francisco Board of Supervisors

“These promotoras are the most effective and committed to helping others apply for affordable housing in San Francisco.” So said MEDA Community Organizer Dairo Romero at an August 3 celebration of 642 below-market-rate (BMR) apartment applications being put in by the Latino community, with the assistance of these 12 community outreach workers. Romero’s statement is…

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Couple Does Themselves Proud After a No-Fault Eviction, Moves into New BMR Apartment this SF Pride

While grateful to be living with an empathetic friend since January, couple Margarita Contreras (photo, right) and Ana Luisa Murga (photo, left) missed having their privacy. This arrangement followed an expensive month in a hotel after an owner move-in displaced the Excelsior residents from their in-law unit. Margarita and Ana Luisa hail from the same…

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Skating Artist Reggie Dickerson on a Roll this Thanksgiving at His New BMR Apartment in The Duboce

“It was heaven on earth.” That’s how Reggie Dickerson (photo, left) describes growing up in San Francisco’s tight-knit Fillmore community. “Everyone lived in big Victorians. I used to roller skate in my bedroom,” remembers Reggie. Having always been an artist at heart, Reggie turned avocation into vocation by becoming a street entertainer — on roller…

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Three Resilient Families Win City’s Affordable-Housing Lottery, Now Living at The Duboce

The Duboce, at 181 Sanchez Street in San Francisco’s popular Duboce Triangle neighborhood, offers a brand-new development loaded with amenities. Ten of the units were on-site affordable housing, per the City of San Francisco’s mandate. At $1,133 for a one-bedroom and $1,264 for a two-bedroom, these below-market-rate (BMR) apartments rented for a fraction of the…

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Affordable Housing Now a Reality for Five Moscone Elementary School Families

While the Mission Promise Neighborhood education initiative focuses on four schools — Bryant and Chavez elementary, Everett Middle and O’Connell High — the fact is all schools within the Mission footprint are deemed part of MPN. That why families at Moscone Elementary School, located on Harrison between 21st and 22nd streets, receive connections to free…

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MEDA and MNHC Help Siblings’ Families Fight Eviction and Find Affordable Housing in San Francisco

“For all families, health starts with food on the table and a roof over our heads. It warms our hearts to see the smiles on the faces of these families in their new and secure homes,” says Executive Director Brenda Storey of Mission Neighborhood Health Center (MNHC). She was speaking in general about Mission families,…

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