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.”

READ MORE: 1950 Mission breaks ground in 2017

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READ MORE: Balboa Park Upper Yard: Site for Outer Mission/Excelsior housing

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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Abel Gonzalez seniors get 1296 Shotwell development info

Dairo Romero (left) of Mission Economic Development Agency describes 1296 Shotwell plans as Marilyn Duran of PODER, and Marcía Contreras of Mission Housing provide translation. Photo: Tony Bear!

Developers from Mission Economic Development Agency share their plans for 1296 Shotwell with the seniors at Abel Gonzalez Apartments

On Thursday, August 4, Mission Housing invited Mission Economic Development Agency to make a presentation at the community room at Abel Gonzalez Apartments. The talk was part of the community outreach surrounding the development of the 1296 Shotwell Senior Affordable Housing complex. The San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development has selected Mission Economic Development Agency and Chinatown Community Development Center as co-developers, owners and managers of the joint-venture. Also on the development team: Herman Coliver Locus Architects, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Precita Eyes Muralists and PODER.

The 1296 Shotwell Senior Affordable Housing complex will serve low-income seniors age 62 and older. 20% of the apartments will be set aside for formerly homeless seniors. Some units at 1296 Shotwell will be affordable to households with incomes ranging from 30% to 60% of area median incomes.

The hour-long talk was led by Dairo Romero of Mission Economic Development Agency. Translations in Chinese and Spanish were provided by Elaine Yee of Mission Economic Development Agency, Marilyn Duran of PODER, and Marcía Contreras of Mission Housing.

Valuable information was disseminated on the design of the building, including features such as pedestrian safety, public art, security for residents and amenities that encourage activities for seniors. The height of the building was also discussed. Some Mission residents have registered objections to the proposed height of the nine-story building. The Mission Economic Development Agency developers pointed out that lowering the height would reduce the number of units available from the 96 currently on the drawing board to as few as 75 units.

A slideshow displayed renderings of the complex from several Mission-area vantage points. Some slides compared the proposed height of 1296 Shotwell to other buildings already in the neighborhood.

The street level appearance, various building decorations, and the mural project spearheaded by Precita Eyes were other elements of the building design that were reviewed.

The seniors also learned details of how to prepare for the application process.

At the end of the presentation, the attendees were asked their opinions about impact of the building height on the number of units that would be available. All of the people in attendance agreed that building the greater amount of units should be the priority. Each signed a letter of support for the development, to be sent to the Planning Commission.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2017, and be completed in 2020.

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Marcía Contreras joins Eastern Neighborhoods Citizen’s Advisory Committee

Marcía Contreras is Director of Operations, and Director of Resident Programs and Services for Mission Housing Development Corporation. She has served in various capacities with Mission Housing since 2009, and is active with several community-based organizations. Photo by Tony Bear!

Mission Housing exec Marcía Contreras will advise mayor, supervisors, inform district residents

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has named Marcía Contreras to represent District 9 on the Eastern Neighborhoods Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

The Citizens Advisory Committee gives input to City of San Francisco agencies and decision makers on implementation of the Eastern Neighborhoods Area Plans. The community advisory body is comprised of people representing the neighborhoods of East SoMa, Mission, Showplace/Potrero, West SoMa, Central Waterfront. Also on the committee: members appointed by supervisors of Districts 6, 8, 9 and 10.

“I look forward to seeing you play a vital leadership role in our local government and in the communities you serve,” Mayor Lee told Contreras in a statement.

The committee helps city government prioritize how public benefits are disbursed. The committee members also keep the residents they represent informed about city policy and legislation, and the status of development proposals.

Contreras is Director of Operations, and Director of Resident Programs and Services for Mission Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit that builds and manages affordable housing in the Mission District and other San Francisco neighborhoods. She has served in various capacities with Mission Housing since 2009, and is active with several local organizations.

“This is a tremendous responsibility,” said Contreras. “I look forward to presenting ideas from the Mission that will help the Mayor and the City prioritize how their plans are implemented.”

Contreras’ term on the committee ends October, 2017.