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The view from Cesar Chavez Street of 1296 Shotwell St. Design by Herman Coliver Locus.

Senior Housing on Shotwell Brings Foes Together

It was a rare moment of accord at City Hall on Thursday, as activists frequently on opposite sides of San Francisco’s housing wars buried their hatchets to jointly support a Mission District affordable housing project contested by its neighbors. The project went before the Planning Commission to seek a height bonus, which would allow it to go to 85 feet in...
Photo by Laura Waxmann

Displaced Tenants Pick Up Checks, But Many Have Nowhere To Go

Community efforts raised $140,000 to help 67 individuals displaced by a five-alarm fire at 29th and Mission streets last month get back on their feet. The Mission Economic Development Agency dispersed some of that money Friday night at the Salvation Army Community Center at 1156 Valencia St near 23rd street. Most of those picking up their checks are still without...
Olga Sanchez shares a single room with her husband and three children. "I have a 14-year-old son, and it is frustrating when he asks me for his own room. I know that he needs his own space. He sometimes tells me, 'I will never let my family live in these kinds of conditions.'"

Latina Mothers Turn Lens on Housing Conditions in the Mission

Through photographs and personal narratives, eight low-income, Latina mothers in the Mission showcased their living conditions, displacement, and housing insecurity for the photo voice exhibit, “An American Dream?” on July 13 at the Mission Neighborhood Centers at 362 Capp St. Low-income families, in particular Mission families, have been deeply affected by the housing crisis. Many live doubled up in rooms, hotels...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

SF Mission Graduates Receive Surprise Scholarship Through Community Fundraiser

Four graduating seniors at John O’Connell High School were surprised to find out during their May 25 graduation ceremony that they had been chosen as the recipients of a scholarship totaling $10,000. The money came from local business and community institutions and was part of a fundraising effort on behalf of the Mission Promise Neighborhood, a citywide community partnership that supports children and...
The 1296 Shotwell St. site as seen from the corner of Shotwell and Cesar Chavez streets. Photo courtesy of the Mission Economic Development Agency and Herman Coliver Locust Architecture.

Neighbors of Mission District Affordable Housing Cry “Too Tall!”

Neighbors of a new affordable housing project were adamant at a community meeting on Saturday morning: They oppose a nine-story senior building coming to Shotwell Street near Cesar Chavez Street because its height will create wind tunnels, block sunlight, and “bring downtown to the Mission.” Bernal Heights residents were particularly vocal about the building, which will be the tallest in...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Neighbors Help Non-Profit Buy Precita Eyes Building

The Mission Economic Development Agency has purchased a building on Precita Avenue, which houses the first location of the Precita Eyes Muralists as well as four rent-controlled tenants. The $1.35 million deal will keep both tenants and muralists in place at affordable rents. Moreover, MEDA staff say they have developed a new funding mechanism – raising money from neighbors –...
Tracy Parent of the Community Land Trust introduces Rene Yañez, one of the tenants whose evictions was halted as a result of the purchase.

SF Nonprofits Seal Deal to Keep Tenants in Place

The San Francisco Community Land Trust and the Mission Economic Development Agency today announced the conclusion of a deal in the works since last summer that will preserve five multi-unit buildings citywide, two of them in the Mission, as perpetually affordable housing. The buildings, one of which houses renowned Mission artist Rene Yañez and his family, were formerly owned by...
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SF Pushes Ahead with Local Priority for Affordable Housing

The three-member Land Use Committee voted unanimously yesterday to recommend neighborhood preference for affordable housing. The policy would ensure that 40 percent of new affordable housing in a supervisorial district be reserved for former residents of that district. “This is incredibly bold and important legislation for the residents of San Francisco,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen, calling particular attention to the decade-long...
The polling station at Bella Salon. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Mission Polling Stations Say Voter Turnout Is High

Despite historically low voter turnouts for off-year elections, volunteers at Mission voting stations say they’ve seen a higher showing than in past elections. “It’s been busy,” said a volunteer at the Hua Sang Si Buddhist temple at 3126 22nd Street between Capp and South Van Ness. This is her third year as an election volunteer, and she said she was...
Mission Techies interns assist community members with their technological challenges at "Get Connected" event on October 24. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Families “Get Connected” to Tech

In a room labeled Mission Techies Lab, a group of technology interns had their hands full.  They were trying to resolve some technical issues that Mission District community members visiting for the day had with their phones.  At a table near the front of the room, a Mission Techie intern patiently walked a visibly frustrated woman through the steps of accessing her smartphone’s voicemail. “Information...
Supervisor David Campos at the unveiling of the plan for the Mission moratorium. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

SF Officials Unveil Plan for Mission Moratorium

After much speculation on how exactly Proposition I, the 18-month pause on market-rate development in the Mission District, would help combat the city’s housing crisis, proponents of the measure presented their framework for affordable housing during a press conference yesterday. “The way that the city and county of San Francisco is doing planning today doesn’t really make sense,” said Supervisor...
La inquilina Bailey Nakano retoca un llamado, en gis, en la puerta de su departamento.

Temen Desalojo Quienes han Contribuido al Aburguesamiento

El tercer piso del edificio de tres unidades que está a dos cuadras de la estación BART de la Calle 24 puede ser un lugar donde hallar tranquilidad en un día caluroso. Pero, cuando un agente de bienes raíces preguntó a los inquilinos al respecto, su repuesta fue sarcásticamente negativa. “Ay no, es horrible. Es lo peor”, recordó haberle dicho...
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SF Residents Opine on the Mission Moratorium

Early voting starts today, and of all the housing measures on the November ballot, perhaps none is more contentious than Prop. I, the Mission moratorium. The measure, which requires a simple majority to pass, would pause all market-rate housing for 18 months and prevent the conversion of light industrial space, known as production, distribution, and retail (PDR), in the Mission District....
Rick Holman and Steve Vettel address the Planning Commission.

Redlick Building Uses Approved In Heated Hearing

After a long and highly emotional hearing, the Planning Commission voted to approve conditional use permits legitimizing office, trade shop, and commercial uses at the Redlick Building, the former home of the artist group Studio 17. The allotment for office use in the building, one that artists and activists opposed, was reduced slightly after the artists angrily appealed to the Commission. ...
The site of the proposed park and affordable housing development. Photo by Alan Sanchez.

101 New Affordable Units Approved for SF’s Mission

Just five weeks after 1950 Mission Street was approved for 165 units of affordable housing, 101 new affordable units will be coming to the former parking lot at 2070 Folsom St. They will be built via a joint partnership between the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and the Chinatown Community Development Center (CDC). This brings the number of affordable housing units approved for the...