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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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Mayor Breed Announces Preservation of Affordable Housing in the Richmond District

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 12, 2019 Preservation of Apartment Building in the Richmond District Prevents Eviction Twelve residential homes will remain permanently affordable thanks to the City’s Small Sites Program San Francisco — Mayor London N. Breed…

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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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MEDA’s Celina Castro-Saelao and Lucia Obregon Chosen for NALCAB Colegio Fellowships

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 15, 2019 MEDA’s Celina Castro-Saelao and Lucia Obregon Chosen for NALCAB Colegio Fellowships Program fosters next generation of Latino leaders San Francisco — The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) just…

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The Ecosystem to Cultivate Latino Generational Wealth and Power Building

Co-authored by: Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Integrated Services Manager Ernesto Martinez Business Development Program Manager Edwin Rodriguez Associate Director of Community Real Estate Johnny Oliver Community Real Estate Project Assistant Juan Diego Castro With hundreds traveling from across the country to convene in San Antonio for the National Association of Latino Community…

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Una Familia Determinada a Sobresalir

por Adriana Jones Lima (English follows Spanish) La familia Arriola Hernández vino a los Estados Unidos en los noventas y es originalmente de la Ciudad de México. Refugio llegó primero a los EEUU a continuar sus estudios y luego mandó por su esposa, Elvira.  A poco tiempo Refugio aprendió que la vida estadounidense cuesta mucho…

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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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Apply at MEDA by Oct. 16 for 113 BMR Apartments: The Martin, Natalie Gubb Commons and 570 Jessie

(Español sigue inglés.)  Everyone knows that market-rate rents in San Francisco are still out of reach for far too many. Zumper, the popular real estate site, just found that despite rents dropping by 0.9 percent in the last quarter, the median for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is still a staggering average of $3,390…

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Despite Ellis Act Eviction, Mission Family Remains Determined and Returns to San Francisco

Photo (left to right): Laura Guadron, Hilda Saname, Lorena Moz and Arminda Peraza. Last December turned out to be no holiday for Hilda Saname and three of her family members. That’s because any joy of the season was overshadowed by an Ellis Act eviction at their Mission District Alabama Street home of 27 years. New…

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Family Wins Lottery and Moves into BMR Apartment at Five 88 in San Francisco

“Our bathroom is larger than the one room my two children and I used to share,” says a thankful Juana Martinez of her two-bedroom apartment at brand-new FIVE 88 in San Francisco’s burgeoning Mission Bay. Juana (photo, right, showing winning lottery ticket) is the devoted mother of sons Eduardo, a seventh-grader at Everett Middle School,…

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