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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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MEDA Expanding Viva Integrated Financial Coaching Model Across California to Increase Access and Equity for Latinos, Supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co. Grant

For 45 years, MEDA has worked to break down and overcome the systemic barriers faced by the low-income, immigrant Latino community endeavoring to build generational assets. This is especially important in this time of federal political vitriol being an affront to our community, other low-income communities and other communities of color. There is an urgent…

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MEDA Sharing its Financial Coaching Model in California’s Central Valley

One of the many highlights of a recent MEDA Financial Capability training was lunch at a neighborhood eatery. This “shop within a shop” featured only one item on its menu: Mexican mole prepared daily by the owner herself, just like she used to do in her home state of Oaxaca. This is the way many…

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“Co-Creating in Community, With Community” Presentation Delves Into Human-Centered Design Approaches

MEDA’s initial foray into the world of human-centered design was when a grant was won in 2016 to work with IDEO.org, a global design and innovation company. The project was the revamping of MEDA’s financial-coaching package used at the community-based organization’s weekly Welcome Orientations for new clients. Watching IDEO.org’s process definitely offered a fresh perspective….

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The Key to Strengthening Low-Income Families: Connecting Financial Capability and Affordable-Housing Strategies

Co-authored by: Executive Director Luis Granados Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng At MEDA, we believe that given the existing housing and economic circumstances in the Mission District, San Francisco — and the Bay Area overall — it is imperative that low-income families are concurrently connected to…

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Two Mission Fundraisers Planned, Goal to Support Urgently Needed Monies for Oct. 5 DACA Renewals

In a continued affront to the Latino immigrant community, President Trump recently announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would be rescinded in six months. Many Mission community members have been asking how they can help our young adults affected by this change in federal policy. That’s why MEDA has partnered with beloved neighborhood…

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MEDA Partners with San Francisco Arts Commission, Goal to Help Artists Access Affordable Housing

Christopher Gil Senior Content Marketing Manager Mission Economic Development Agency (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org Kate Patterson Director of Communications San Francisco Arts Commission (415) 252-2229 Kate.Patterson@sfgov.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept. 5, 2017 MEDA Partners with San Francisco Arts Commission Goal to help artists access affordable housing San Francisco, Calif. — The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC)…

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2017 Updates for MEDA’s Free Programs in San Francisco’s Mission

MEDA is investing in people lives. Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano gives the community much-needed information about program enhancements and changes for the upcoming year. MEDA: First off, will all MEDA programs remain free to low-income clients in 2017? LA: All MEDA programs continue to be free with the exception of the First…

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The Resurrection Project Visits MEDA to Share the Model

The city’s tourism website offers the following description of its Latino hub: Culture thrives in the community and invites you to explore the treasures that wait around every corner. Here bold murals have blossomed in the most unexpected places. The artful vibe continues within storefront galleries. Thanks to diversity, you’ll find offbeat vintage shops, independent…

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Financial Capability: Essential for All MEDA Clients

The first line of the recently released report, “Financial Coaching Census 2015: Insights from the Financial Coaching Field,” reads: Financial coaching has gained recognition as a strategy that can improve financial capability and security. This first-of-its-kind report was put out by the Center for Financial Security and Asset Funders Network, with support from the Annie…

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