Tag Archives: Mission Economic Development Agency

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...
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...
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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....
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...
A woman marching for housing rights stops on Mission Street to listen to speakers talk about the luxury condos being constructed where the Giant Value store once stood. Photo by Molly Oleson

Mission Moratorium will go on November Ballot

The Mission District Housing Moratorium, which calls for an 18-month-long pause on the development of luxury housing in the Mission, received enough signatures to be put on the ballot in November, the San Francisco Department of Elections confirmed on Tuesday. The petition, which received 15,006 signatures by the July 6 filing deadline after weeks of canvasing, was written by tenant’s...
Tenants chat in front of Mission Dolores Senior Apartments on 15th Street.

Changing Management Gives Public Housing Tenants New Hope

Public housing in the city as we know it is coming to an end — that is, it will become largely nonprofit owned and operated within the next two years as part of a national rehabilitation effort. Tenants at the Mission Dolores Senior Apartments are tentatively optimistic about the change. “Anybody would be better than the housing authority,” said Walker...
The empty storefront at the corner of 19th and Valencia. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Enter the Void: New Buildings, Vacant Storefronts

In the Mission this past year, at least four large mixed-use developments have opened their glittering modern doors for amenity-rich housing to those who can afford it (and, in the case of about 50 out of 270 households, those who got lucky in an affordable housing lottery). In almost every case, before a building has even finished construction, the market-rate...
Photo by Mimi Chakarova.

To Halt Evictions, City May Become Landlord

When a landlord sells their rent-controlled building it can strike fear into the hearts of longtime tenants with low rents—eviction notices, buyouts, or worse may not be far off depending on whoever the buyer is. But landlords looking to sell should take note, there’s a new buyer in town: the Mayor’s Office of Housing. Announced late last week, the Mayor...
Supervisor David Campos talks about MEDA's new initiative to end childhood lead poisoning. Photo by Erica Hellerstein.

MEDA Launches New Program to End Childhood Lead Poisoning

Have you had your home inspected for lead recently? If you’re anything like most San Franciscans, the answer is probably no. But consider this: 94 percent of the city’s houses were built before 1978, when the federal government banned lead-based paint. This puts urban dwellers — especially kids — at high risk for contracting lead poisoning. To reduce lead poisoning...
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Back-to-School Special: Backpack Giveaway This Saturday

Help your child start the school year in style…for free! The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), Target and other partners will give away 2,150 backpacks full of school supplies to children this Saturday. The event includes a family barbecue, entertainment, yoga classes, sports activities and a resource fair with nonprofit organizations that provide services...
Zenaida Merlin and her business partner speak at the opening ceremony of the SparkPoint Center on Mission and 19th streets.

Non-Profit Center to Fight Against Poverty Opens on Mission Street

The fight against poverty in the Mission gained strength this morning with the opening of San Francisco’s first SparkPoint Center at Plaza Adelante on 19th and Mission streets, community organizers said. “With one in five Bay Area families struggling to make ends meet, expanding SparkPoint is an important part of United Way’s efforts to cut poverty in half in the...