Johnny Oliver Archives

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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MEDA Helps Reshape San Francisco Small Sites Program to Stem Mission District Displacement, Block by Block

by Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Contributed to by Johnny Oliver There’s a difference between being proactive and being reactive. The Small Sites Program is one of our most innovative means to tackle the ongoing displacement of families from the Mission. Because of the dire needs of our families around housing stability, MEDA needed to…

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MEDA Uses San Francisco’s Small Sites Program to Save 13 Vulnerable Tenants of 1500 Cortland Avenue

When MEDA’s Johnny Oliver and Dairo Romero heard that 1500 Cortland Avenue was potentially facing foreclosure, they seized the opportunity to avail the vulnerable residents of their tenants’ rights … and their options. The multi-unit Bernal Heights property was ripe for speculation — a likely target to be flipped by converting rentals into Tenancies in…

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MEDA Free Financial Coaching: The Recipe for the Tillman Family’s Gratitude this Thanksgiving

Today is the perfect time to take a breather from our hectic lives to reflect on things for which to be thankful. De De Tillman (photo, left) and her daughter, Marilyn, won’t have to reflect too long, as they are quick to tell everyone that they are thankful for their newfound financial security, achieved with…

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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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