Mission Housing developing 344 new affordable units throughout SF

Aerial views of the dormant corners being developed into affordable housing by Mission Housing – 490 South Van Ness (left) and Balboa Park Upper Yard. Photos: Google.

Mission Housing awarded two new contracts in as many months, to develop new 100% affordable housing throughout San Francisco; three separate multi-family rental complexes set to break ground in 2017 and 2018

November 3rd, 2016, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, also known as MOHCD, selected the team of Mission Housing Development Corporation and BRIDGE Housing to be the developers of 100 percent affordable housing at the corner of 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue.

The development, known as 490 South Van Ness, will deliver upwards of 89 units of new family housing on a Mission District site acquired by the city in 2015. The residents will be low and very low income families, and formerly homeless families. Thanks to recent San Francisco legislation, many of the units will be dedicated to housing District 9 residents, or people living within one mile of the site.

Mission Housing on a roll

Now, with the award of the 490 South Van Ness contract, Mission Housing has three apartment complexes in the planning stages. In October 2016, Mission Housing and Related California won the development rights to erect at least 90 units of housing at the Balboa Park Station Upper Yard, currently two adjacent parking lots owned by the city and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Public space improvements tied to the Upper Yard development are on an adjacent parcel owned by BART.

In 2015, Mission Housing and BRIDGE Housing were given the nod to build 165 apartments at 1950 Mission.

The 344 apartments on the drawing board at Mission Housing will be the most affordable housing units built in the Mission District and its neighbor, the Excelsior District, since 2006. The construction will be financed with a combination of city dollars (i.e.: the housing bond) and federal low-income housing tax credits that are sold to investors.

Community impacts

All of the units in the Mission Housing pipeline will be built using union labor. Once completed, Mission Housing will take the lead in delivering comprehensive supportive services to the residents and the surrounding communities. A variety of partner community agencies will have facilities and/or operations located on site. The goal: To help stabilize vulnerable residents, and propel them toward self-sufficiency.

“We’ve been entrusted with a valuable asset — land,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “We are proud to have been chosen as the builder to activate some long-dormant spaces in San Francisco, providing jobs, housing and services where they are most needed.”

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Grand re-opening celebrates Betel Apartments 40th anniversary

On September 15, 2016, Mission Housing invited the Mission community to celebrate the renovation of Betel Apartments, on its 40th anniversary. Photos by Tony Bear!

The Mission community celebrates Betel Apartments — renovated, modernized and preserved for another generation of affordable family housing

Betel Apartments is an award winning community revitalization effort built by Mission Housing Development Corporation in 1976, our first new construction ever. You can read more about Betel Apartments HERE.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Betel Apartments 40th anniversary

Betel Apartments, completed in 1976, was one of the first two new construction buildings by Mission Housing.

On September 15, 2016, Mission Housing staff invited Betel residents, dignitaries and other members of the Mission community to celebrate the completion of a year-long a renovation of the property, just in time to observe Betel’s 40th anniversary.

The re-dedication of Betel Apartments included food, refreshments, and entertainment. Also on hand were some of the people who and companies that worked on the remodel. On the upper deck of the development, Mission Housing Executive Director Sam Moss, and Board Chairman Pete Gallegos made comments, then the attendees went downstairs for the cutting of a ribbon strung across the entrance of an empty apartment. Guests were allowed to tour the unit to observe the meticulous renovations

“The renovation could have allowed us to convert the development to market-rate units,” said Moss. “Instead, we’ve preserved the affordable housing at Betel for at least another 55 years.”

Over the last year, the residents were relocated long enough for their unit to be remodeled, as the construction proceeded building-by-building. The modernization was designed by Hamilton + Aitken Architects, with construction by Nibbi Brothers General Contractors. The celebration was planned and staffed by MB Wedding Design and Events.

On September 15, 2016, Mission Housing invited the Mission community to celebrate the renovation of Betel Apartments, on its 40th anniversary. Photos by Tony Bear!

1950 Mission St. affordable housing takes next steps

In this concept drawing, David Baker Architects demonstrates the north view of 1950 Mission St. as developed with input from the community. Other drawings are shown in the gallery below.

Community-based planning of affordable housing at 1950 Mission makes for uniquely collaborative effort

September 7, co-developers Mission Housing Development Corporation and BRIDGE Housing submitted a conditional use authorization application for 1950 Mission Street to the San Francisco Planning Commission. The application, which requires no zoning changes, includes design concepts that continue to be fine-tuned through an extensive community engagement process.

1950 Mission will feature 157 affordable apartments, 20% of which will be set aside for formerly homeless families, while the balance of units will serve families earning between 45% and 60% of area median income.

By the people, for the people

“Community-based planning and design are guiding principles of this collaborative effort. This is a uniquely conceived project in that it addresses displacement of Mission District families, neighborhood artists and people who are experiencing homelessness,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing.

PODER is leading the outreach and engagement process. Numerous meetings have already been held, with a Community Workshop and convening of a 1950 Mission Community Advisory Committee. Artist advisors and stakeholder groups including Mission District families, nonprofits, service providers, union members, artists and business owners have been involved in the development.

The 1950 Mission team recognizes the sacrifices community members have made to make this development possible, and plans to include the Mission community throughout the entire process. Additional meetings will be held to provide overall input into the design of the building as the development moves forward.

Amenities, supportive services add to quality-of-life for residents

Among the amenities planned at 1950 Mission are a courtyard, community room and kitchen, rooftop garden, a media lab, affordable studios for artists and an active mural walkway that will honor the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the neighborhood. Mission Housing will lead the delivery of supportive resident services by coordinating with onsite partners PODER, Lutheran Social Services, Mission Neighborhood Centers’ Head Start, Early-Head Start, and Mission Girls mentorship programs. 1950 Mission is being designed by David Baker Architects.

The team aims to deliver the highest quality project to the Mission community and fulfill the ambitious goals set by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development for the city-owned site.

READ MORE: 1950 Mission to Bring Affordable Housing to San Fran

David Baker Architects has developed drawings demonstrating the initial concepts in the design of 1950 Mission St.

Mission Housing leaders, others, support London Breed D.C. visit

District 5 Supervisor London Breed (left) receives a letter of support from Joshua Arce, secretary of the Mission Housing Board of Directors. Looking on are Roberto Hernandez of Our Mission No Eviction (center) and Mission Housing executives Sam Moss and Marcía Contreras. Photo by Tony Bear!

London Breed, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, heads to Washington, D.C. to push for neighborhood preference in housing decisions

August 31, Mission Housing Board Secretary Joshua Arce convened a press conference at 1950 Mission St. in support of District 5 Supervisor London Breed as she meets with federal housing department officials. The purpose of her trip: To push back against a ruling by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD, which invalidates San Francisco efforts to favor local residents in affordable housing lotteries.

The Board of Supervisors approved “neighborhood preference” housing legislation last year. This would set aside 40 percent of the new affordable housing units for qualified applicants living in the district, or within a half-mile radius of where the development is located.

HUD vetoed the San Francisco plan, calling it a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. HUD provides funds and tax incentives to help build affordable housing in San Francisco and around the country, and also offers federal rent subsidies to some tenants.

Hundreds of affordable housing units are coming online in the Mission District over the next few years. As a result of the HUD ruling, none of the new units will be guaranteed for people who already reside in the Mission.

Under the San Francisco plan, Mission District residents would be favored to reside in at least 64 of the 160 units of affordable housing in the 1950 Mission St. development on the drawing board at Mission Housing.

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