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MEDA Receives SBA PRIME Grant, Goal to Help Mission Street Businesses

Good news for community efforts to keep family-serving businesses along the Mission Street corridor: MEDA has been awarded a $150K Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME) grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). MEDA is one of 34 community-based organizations receiving such grants, totaling $5 million combined. All recipient agencies provide assistance to underresourced entrepreneurs needing access to capital to establish and expand their small businesses.

The SBA placed special emphasis in this year’s competition on projects that will offer training and technical assistance to strengthen cooperative forms of business, particularly those that service economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs. 

MEDA Business Program Manager Edwin Rodriguez said of the grant, “MEDA is positioned to use this new funding to best help the small businesses along the Mission Street commercial corridor of San Francisco. With rising rents in the neighborhood, these businesses need such support to not just survive, but thrive.”
¡VIVA MEDA 44! Slated for Oct. 19
Lively music. Inspiring speeches. Innovative cuisine. It will be quite the Thursday night event on October 19th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the San Francisco Design Center.

That’s because MEDA's annual gala will be taking place as a way to bring together the community to celebrate the organization’s decades of serving the Latino immigrant community — a community for which it is more important than ever to help succeed. We are excited to announce that the keynote speaker will be CEO Fred Blackwell of The San Francisco Foundation.

With 44 years under its belt, MEDA's gala theme for 2017 is “Generation of Success,” as the nonprofit has been around two generations and also takes a two-generation approach to family economic success. Join us October 19th!
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MEDA Helping Artists Find Housing
The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) has awarded a $115K grant to MEDA to assist artists and nonprofit cultural workers with accessing the City's affordable-housing pipeline. This aligns with MEDA's goal of creative placekeeping as a way to keep San Francisco a hub for the arts.

With this grant, MEDA will provide coaching and counseling over the next year to San Francisco-based artists and cultural workers to support their ability to enter into below-market-rate (BMR) rental and home-purchasing programs.

While MEDA is based in the Mission District, the program is open to artists living throughout San Francisco. Artists currently living outside the city who have been displaced or evicted from San Francisco over the past two years (2015-2017) are also eligible.
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Read more of MEDA's 425 media mentions since 2014 on our press page.
Client Success Story: The Flores Family Finds a New Home after Fire
HOP-Flores_Family-BMR 2Jorge Flores can still see his hair on fire as he bangs on the next-door neighbor's door at 22nd and Mission streets. His family's third-floor apartment of 19 years was in flames, along with the rest of the historic building. It seemed like an apocalypse. After his recovery at a hospital, the family moved into a shelter before being placed by a City agency in a temporary apartment.

MEDA Community Planning Manager Dario Romero helped the Flores family fill out numerous BMR applications. He also joined Lucia on interviews, assisted in the submission of documents and helped appeal an initial denial to obtain a BMR. Most importantly, Romero assisted the family in getting a certificate of preference for being displaced by the fire — the same certificate of preference offered to those who experience a no-fault eviction. That paperwork translated to the Flores family winning four lotteries; they chose Venn at 1844 Market St. near Octavia, a new building near the Mission and loaded with amenities, including a rooftop terrace with panoramic views (photo). The first time one of their sons dropped by after the couple’s move-in date, he uttered one word over and over. That word was, “Wow.”

The Flores family exhibits the resiliency of MEDA's clients, and we wish the family all the best in their safe, secure and quality housing. Read more client stories >>.
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