Residents of the Mission District are welcome to access a number of community services available at select Mission Housing developments.
Computer classes for seniors
Many San Francisco seniors and people with physical challenges are low-income, and many live alone. People from these vulnerable populations are at high risk for the serious health consequences that come from living in isolation. Also, as more government services move online people who depend on such services need access to the web. For many people the Valencia Gardens Computer Learning Center is the internet lifeline they need.
Mission Housing residents and other people who live in the Mission have access to free computer classes conducted at Valencia Gardens in partnership with SF Connected and Community Living Campaign. Providing access to technology helps create the connectedness needed to enrich lives.
In addition to supplying lifeline services, the community Computer Learning Center at Valencia Gardens has received national attention for its model of providing free classes in computer basics and job training. This important instruction enables residents to transition from manual/service jobs to being qualified for office/technology-based work. Much of the training is provided by local technology experts.
Free walk-in access to computers
All residents of the diverse Mission District deserve free and equal access to information, knowledge, and independent learning. The Mission Housing committment to investing in the Mission includes providing access to the internet via personal desktop computers at Valencia Gardens. The PCs at 360 Valencia Street have a variety of software installed, and are configured in multiple languages. Access is available without an appointment during most days.
Counseling and behavioral health clinic
Individuals, couples, and families who want to identify and treat mental health needs can visit Valencia Gardens and access free confidential mental health clinical therapy from The Clinic Without Walls. This is a community mental health program operated by the California Institute of Integral Studies. Qualifying Mission District residents can obtain free psychological services. Therapy is accessible to people who have been denied on the basis of stigma, discrimination, and socioeconomic factors.
Community meeting rooms
The Valencia Gardens complex has a multi-purpose meeting room rated for a occupant load of 85 people or less. The room is equipped with a presentation screen, sound system and kitchen. Tables and chairs are also available. Room rental rates are often reduced or even waived, based on need.
Other Mission Housing apartment complexes have community rooms available on a limited basis.