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Nonprofit Worker Shannon Noonan Finds a Home in San Francisco

When Shannon Noonan was a curious 7-year-old, a trip to San Francisco turned into more than a family vacation. It defined her life. That’s because Shannon sensed a freedom that led to her later becoming a teenager preoccuupied with all things related to San Francisco history, from reading about the Summer of Love to jamming…

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Mission Family Averts Eviction and Finds a New Home in a BMR Rental

Julio Alvarado chose San Francisco’s Mission as his adopted home when he emigrated from Guatemala back in 2000. He felt immediately welcomed in his new community, so much so that when he married and had two kids, the family planted roots in the neighborhood. That comforting sense of place became tenuous when Alvarado and his…

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MEDA Offers a Ray of Light as Luz Bourne-Ruiz Avoids Eviction and Wins Housing Lottery

Luz Bourne-Ruiz is an energetic, single mother of 7-year-old Nathan, who attends Alvarado Elementary School in San Francisco. The immigrant from Mexico operates her own business, the New Alternatives Cafe, a cozy, neighborhood eatery serving breakfast and lunch on Guerrero near 28th. Featuring a convivial environment, there’s even a piano, guitar and congas for musically…

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Apply at MEDA for a Below-Market-Rate (BMR) Rental at Five 88 in Mission Bay

You’ve most likely seen plenty of cranes flying high over San Francisco’s Mission Bay …  and we don’t mean birds, we mean construction cranes. Actually, there are also plenty of seabirds in this bayfront area, with most circling AT&T Park for some snacks after the game is over. San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood is hot,…

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1400 Mission Now Home to Twice-Displaced MEDA Clients

Fidgeting. Hair twirling. Foot tapping. Yes, there was an air of nervous anticipation in the air yesterday afternoon at the LGBT Community Center in San Francisco, as the lottery was conducted for below-market-rate (BMR) units at 1400 Mission, a 100 percent affordable-housing development. There were 167 residences for 355 hopeful lottery entrants for these brand-new…

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A Win for Affordable Housing: 1400 Mission’s 190 Units Coming on Market

Mid-Market wasn’t first on most must-live wish lists a few years back. With the recent renaissance in the area—as tech giants, such as Twitter, have been feathering their nests in the neighborhood–the commuter-friendly locale is now in high demand. That’s why it‘s good news that a site at Mission and 10th streets is prepping to…

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