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MEDA Reaches 1,000 Homes Saved in Just Three Years, Sets New 2020 Goal
A few years ago, MEDA staff consistently started hearing a dire story: Our families were experiencing no-fault evictions or being priced out of the Mission as an influx of newcomers earning six figures moved in. Sadly, the lack of affordable-housing options — with a decade of zero such units being constructed in the Mission — translated to an eviction notice seemingly being one’s passport out of San Francisco. Fear was pervasive in our low-income and immigrant Mission community.

After four decades of successfully providing long-term asset-building services to low-income families, it was time to leverage the community’s trust, and the relationships built over the years, as a means to creating stable and affordable housing in the Mission.

The result? There have already been 1,000 affordable homes preserved or produced by MEDA just since 2014!

Having found the innovative strategies that create success, we are ready to scale our work. Our new goal? Another 1,000 units by 2020!
 
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FY17-18 Budget Increase for Latinos
The San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition, a group of 25 community-based organizations, has worked for a year to document the most-pressing needs facing Latino families in five neighborhoods. The findings from the work of the Coalition were included in a detailed report and submitted to the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. 

On June 1, Mayor Lee released his proposed budget for FY2017-18, which included an extra $700,000 to address the specific needs of the Latino community. A community win!
 
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MEDA in Front-Page Chronicle Story
Yes, that was MEDA's Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng featured in a front-page story in the April 3 edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The story was called, "Mission District Nonprofit Developers Build Housing Hope," with MEDA highlighted for its four new construction projects.
That includes 1990 Folsom (photo, with Feng joined by Senior Project Manager Feliciano Vera), which will have 143 affordable units, 20 percent for formerly homeless families; there will also be over 10,000 square feet of commercial arts space.
 
Chronicle Story
 
 
In the News, So You're in the Know
Huffington Post
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Next City
San Francisco Now Has a One-Stop Shop to Invest in Fighting Displacement >>

San Francisco Business Times (op-ed)
MEDA to San Francisco Business Times: "Yes, We Do Get 'It.' 'It' is Called Fair Housing" >>

San Francisco Chronicle
Scarce Land in SF Forces City to Seek Creative Housing Solutions >>

Read more of MEDA's 350+ media mentions since 2014 on our press page.
 
Client Success Story: Bank Tellers Program's Alexis Hill, In Her Own Words 
MEDA617-WFD-Alexis-Hill“Upon attending MEDA's free Bank Tellers program, we learned about the bank field and different vocabulary, regulations and customer service techniques to help us excel in the banking industry. In addition, we learned skills that impacted our interviewing process, polished our resumes and constructed our cover letters. We were also pushed to attend job fairs, which is where I was offered my first job, for Bank of America.

“As we continued to apply to the banks using the knowledge we acquired from the program, I also received interviews and job offers from Chase and Wells Fargo. I decided to accept the offer from Bank of America because they were the closest to my house and also willing to work with my schedule.

"I believe this program contributed greatly to my newfound success because I was able to apply what I learned in the program to my new position. Ultimately, this program gave me the head start toward what I am studying in school and now I am on the path to reaching my goal of becoming a financial advisor at one of the top five banks nationwide.”
 
Alexis Hill, April 2017 Bank Tellers Graduate
 
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