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A Tale of Two Buildings: MEDA Small Sites Program Purchases Continue Across San Francisco Despite COVID-19 Community Challenges

Thirty-two apartment buildings. A total of 180,000+ square feet in 256 units, with 225 residential and 31 commercial spaces. The numbers say it all when it comes to MEDA’s Small Sites Program purchases in San Francisco over the past five years. While focused in the Mission/Bernal Heights, there have now been seven purchases in other…

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San Francisco’s Community Opportunity to Purchase Act: Reflections On COPA One Year In

by Associate Director of Community Real Estate Johnny Oliver With it being almost one year since the implementation of San Francisco’s pioneering Community Opportunity to Purchase Act, known as COPA for short, we were asked by SPUR to reflect on the successes and challenges of this program that aims to preserve affordable housing. It is…

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Mayor London Breed Announces Acquisition of Housing and the El Rio Bar Through the City’s Small Sites Program

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 9, 2019 Mayor London Breed Announces Acquisition of Housing and the El Rio Bar Through the City’s Small Sites Program Eight residential homes in the Mission-Bernal Heights neighborhood will remain permanently affordable as…

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Mayor London Breed Announces the Acquisition and Preservation of First Small Sites Building in the Sunset

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 27, 2019 Mayor London Breed Announces the Acquisition and Preservation of First Small Sites Building in the Sunset With Small Sites Program acquisition, six multi-generational families will be able to remain in their…

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MEDA Scaling and Sharing: Replicable ¡Viva! Model Around Financial Integration and Affordable Housing will Strengthen Organizations Nationwide

Co-authored by: Chief Strategy Officer Lucy Arellano Baglieri Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Associate Director of Community Real Estate Johnny Oliver When MEDA pivoted its work seven years ago, it was definitely to meet a local need to respond to the hyper-displacement of 8,000 Latinos from San Francisco’s Mission District in the decade…

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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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Community Effort Leads to Small Sites Program Purchase, Saves Longtime 520 Shrader St. Residents from Impending Ellis Act Evictions in the Haight

“While I’ve spent my career protecting wildlife habitats, facing an Ellis Act eviction brought home the fact that my understanding of human habitats paled in comparison,” claims Bay Area native Jude Stalker (photo, right), a resident of 520 Shrader St. This property is a Victorian in a prime location just a stone’s throw away from…

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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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Residents of 3329-3333 20th Street Organize and Fight Eviction, as MEDA Buys Building via City’s Small Sites Program

When the MEDA Community Real Estate team saw a realtor’s prominently placed billboard advertising that 3329-3333 20th Street in the Mission was on the market, they knew of the urgency to reach out to the tenants, who could all be vulnerable to eviction. The feel at 3329-3333 20th Street is that of a community within…

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