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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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MEDA Holds its First “Bilingual Small-Business Resource Fair”

Plenty was happening back in 1973. President Nixon’s Watergate scandal dominated the headlines. Troops came home from Vietnam. Bell-bottom jeans and long sideburns were in vogue. And in San Francisco, a nonprofit named the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) was formed. The goal: asset-building for the low- and moderate-income Latino community of San Francisco. To…

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Free Tax Preparation at MEDA Provides Asset Building for the Low-Income Community

Free tax preparation is just the start In 2015, MEDA prepared 4,200 clients’ tax returns at no cost, which translated to a staggering $5.2 million returned to the low-income community. These families were also able to eschew costly paid tax preparers, who also may not be as well versed in IRS rules for matters pertaining…

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MEDA Update on Free Asset-Building Programs for 2016

Lucy Arellano gives everyone much-needed information about program enhancements and changes for the upcoming year at MEDA. Lucy Arellano Director of Asset Building Programs   MEDA: First off, will all MEDA programs remain free to low-income clients in 2016? LA: All MEDA programs remain free to clients, with the exception of a couple of items that are part of the…

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JPMorgan Chase Grants MEDA $600K to Replicate Innovative Financial Capability Service-Integration Model

JPMorgan Chase & Co. knows that too many people lack the tools and resources to manage their daily financial lives, whether for unexpected emergencies or to plan for the future. To help improve financial health, the company provides grants to impactful community-based organizations such as MEDA, which was recently awarded $600,000. MEDA and JPMorgan Chase know that…

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MEDA Starts “Welcome Orientation and Financial Capability Workshop”

Interview with: MEDA Director of Asset Building Programs Lucy Arellano Can you tell us the exciting news regarding MEDA’s programs? The new process is that all clients will now have the same entry point at MEDA. That entry point will be a required Welcome Orientation and Financial Capability Workshop. At this Welcome Orientation, clients will enroll…

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MEDA’s New Director of Asset Building Programs, Lucy Arellano, on Her Vision for the Mission Community

For over four decades, MEDA has been providing free asset building services to a low- and moderate-income, primarily Latino clientele in San Francisco’s Mission District. With programs running the gamut from financial capability to housing opportunities and free tax preparation to small-business and workforce development, MEDA was proud to be able to serve over 6,300…

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Immigrant Heritage Month Story: MEDA’s Lucy Arellano

My family and I immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico when I was a one-year-old. I am the sixth of seven children, and give thanks every day for the privileges I have been afforded throughout my life. It is this gratitude that motivates me to work to support other Latino families to achieve stability, security…

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