Government & Non Profits

Government & Non Profits


Witnesses’ lives transformed after SF police shooting

Stephanie Grant was getting comfortable living on the streets of the Mission. It was Spring 2016, and she had recently fallen in love with a man she would see in her tent encampment on Folsom Street. “He had this swag about him,” she recalled. “I called him Casanova.” They moved around the streets of the Mission together, and in April...

Developments in Development: By decree

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. This week in housing and development news: Wham! A legislative ton of bricks. Both state and local legislators seem to have decided now is the time to throw themselves wholly into the housing fray, issuing significant directives. Hoodline has a pretty succinct and solid...

Painting, preserving, educating: Precita Eyes celebrates 40 years

Even if you don’t live in the Mission or consider yourself artistic, Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center has most likely touched your life. What started as a free mural-painting class has become the group of artists behind hundreds of iconic murals throughout the city and world, a steward for maintaining and educating the public about mural arts and a hub...

DACA renewal fund reaches $3 million, thousands can still get help with renewal

A DACA renewal fund set up earlier this month by the Mission Asset Fund has gathered $3 million to help pay the fees of DACA recipients who are renewing their permits. That’s enough to pay for $6,000 application fees, and 4,000 people have already taken advantage of the fund. Two thousand opportunities (scholarships, as Mission Asset Fund is calling them)...

‘Chop shop’ legislation heads to Board of Supervisors for vote

A law that would make bike “chop shops” illegal will move to the Board of Supervisors for a vote after winning over two former opponents, who changed their minds now that police won’t be enforcing the law.  District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin and representatives of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, who previously opposed the proposal, voiced their support at a...

Nonprofit launches program to help artists find affordable housing

Disclosure: Mission Local rents its office space from MEDA. While affordable studio space has long been a concern in the local arts scene, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Mission Economic Development Agency have now launched a program focusing on another factor in stabilizing the artistic community: Housing. The program, apparently the first of its kind in the city,...

Neighborhood Notes: HOMEY returns, activist bus ads, Brava sneak peek

HOMEY is returning to the Mission! After spending years tucked away in the upstairs space of a building in SoMa, the originally Mission-based nonprofit Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth is set to move into a Mission Street storefront. “Were coming back home,” said Executive Director Roberto Elegio Alfaro. He said the group, known as HOMEY, was told it...

City to assist with and pay for DACA renewals this weekend

When federal officials announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA, they did leave room for some limited renewals for eligible recipients. This Saturday, the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs will host a renewal workshop at Mission High School, and is even offering to pay applicants’ $495 renewal fees....

No-brainer SF housing project delayed; welcome to SF housing

A laundromat and parking lot one block away from a major transit hub probably seems, to many, like an absolute no-brainer location for building a big chunk of housing. Nothing is ever so simple. “I know that the folks in the Mission want to say, ‘we’re special, you gotta reject this project because we’re special.’ But the truth is, this...

Sub-acute patients can stay in San Francisco, administrators say

In a sharp turnaround, California Pacific Medical Center said it will keep 28 patients currently at St. Luke’s Hospital who had been told earlier that they would have to leave the hospital by Oct. 31. Now, the St. Luke’s facility will stay open until June 30, 2018, according to a memo from hospital staff to patients. Moreover, once it closes,...

Sub-acute patients at St. Luke’s find no place to go

Halfway to the closure date of the sub-acute unit at St. Luke’s Hospital, many of its patients still don’t know where they’ll be going. Families told representatives from California Pacific Medical Foundation on Thursday that the list of Bay Area facilities they had been given by hospital staff to choose from failed to offer real alternatives nearby. “You’re supposed to...

Overnight center opens at SF General for patients with psychiatric, addiction problems

For a homeless or marginally housed person experiencing a psychiatric episode or struggling with substance abuse, there is now an intermediate place of care between the street and a hospital’s psychiatric emergency center. Hummingbird Place, a new shelter inside San Francisco General Hospital, offers counseling, hot meals, showers and overnight accommodations for people needing to regroup after a crisis. The...

Business social for new development met with protest

Business owners who arrived at the Mission Language and Vocational School Thursday evening to attend a social event organized by the developer of 1979 Mission St. were met by a group of about 30 chanting protesters who reiterated demands that the site be dedicated to affordable housing. “No more monster in the Mission,” sang the protesters from the Plaza 16...

Affordable housing on Florida Street keenly anticipated

For the crowd of around 100 people who filled the auditorium of the Mission Language and Vocational School Wednesday night to hear the plans for an 130-unit affordable housing building, it couldn’t arrive fast enough. This kind of community input meeting, where developers pitch their proposed building, usually draws small groups of immediate neighbors who critique the height of the...

Families, doctors plead to keep S.F.’s only sub-acute facility open

Nurses, advocates and family members of patients at the St. Luke’s Hospital skilled nursing and sub-acute units delivered hours of testimony to the Health Commission Tuesday, prompting the commission to ask the hospital’s operator to try harder to keep patients in San Francisco. “If my son has to leave St. Luke’s, he’s not going to live too long,” said one woman,...