Thursday anniversary gala celebrates 46 years, supports on-site social services, recognizes community vanguards
“The values of Mission Housing Development Corporation… resonate deeply with our own values and culture” — Robert Nibbi. Photo: nibbi.com
The Mission Housing Development Corporation fall fundraising event is already on track to be a major success.
Nibbi Brothers General Contractors has become the Developer level sponsor, contributing $15,000 to the Mission Housing Tenant Health and Wellness Fund.
“The values of Mission Housing Development Corporation – especially their commitment to Community, Integrity and Quality – resonate deeply with our own values and culture.” said Bob Nibbi, President of Nibbi Brothers General Contractors.
“Having worked with together for over 25 years, we are delighted to support Mission Housing’s mission to improve the lives of all San Franciscans through building and maintaining affordable housing.”
Stepping into the Builder level sponsorship with a $10,000 donation to the Mission Housing Tenant Health and Wellness Fund, is Caritas Management Corporation.
“As part of a 35 year relationship with Mission Housing Development Corporation, we are honored to share the same vision of preserving affordable housing, creating stability and enriching lives,” said Devesh Patel, President of Caritas Management Corporation.
“We are very proud of what Mission Housing has provided not only to the Mission District but in the beautiful city of San Francisco as a whole.”
The theme of the event, “46 Years of Building Safe, Empowered, and Resilient Communities” will be the basis for storytelling about Mission Housing residents who’ve recovered from adversity because of the affordable housing and supportive services they received.
Also recognized: Two community leaders who have been empowering voices in the fight to build strong neighborhoods.
- Pete Gallegos, Board Member Emeritus, Mission Housing Development Corporation
- Estela Garcia, Executive Director, Instituto Familiar de la Raza
“This will be an important celebration of our residents, our neighbors, our vanguards and our future,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “We’ve come a long way in 46 years. One of the most important things to remember is that our accomplishments are about more than construction.”
Event admission sales will continue online through Wednesday night, September 13 at missionhousing2017gala.eventbrite.com and at the door on Thursday evening.
“This event is our way of celebrating our successes and honoring those who make them possible,” Moss said.
Creating stable, vibrant and healthy communities
Funds raised from sponsorships and ticket sales will strengthen and sustain important Resident Services provided to occupants of the 100% affordable housing sites operated by Mission Housing.
“Our tenants and our neighborhoods thrive because of the free and voluntary on-site supportive services available from Mission Housing,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services at Mission Housing. “The funds we bring in with this event will help stabilize the lives of many families and individuals.”
Event admission sales will continue online through Wednesday night, September 13, at missionhousing2017gala.eventbrite.com.
Admission sales will also take place at the door on Thursday evening. Credit or debit card payments are highly encouraged.
Photo: YouTube/Arthur Christopher Schaper
Mission Housing will support, at every level, the fight to protect DACA recipients, and all undocumented people
In 1971, Mission Housing Development Corporation was founded on the profound strength of the Mission’s immigrant community. To think that 46 years later, some of those same families would be told their children and grandchildren were no longer welcome, and in fact criminalized, makes me sick to my stomach. The current administration’s cruel decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, flies in the face of America’s values.
Expelling some of our best and brightest youth is more than heartless, it is short-sighted economic policy. Many immigrant children are eager and poised to make great contributions to the fabric of their community and neighborhoods, and to the United States of America.
In times such as these, we should be strengthening younger generations with tools, knowledge, and opportunities. Instead, our government is poised to leave many young people vulnerable, unsafe, and living an uncertain future.
Our community will pull through these troubling times only by coming together. Mission Housing Development Corporation stands with undocumented youth and their families. Mission Housing will support, at every level, the fight to protect DACA recipients, and all undocumented people. And, Mission Housing will, by any means necessary, protect the rights of our residents — and our neighbors – regardless of skin color or point of origin.
If you encounter an issue related to your civil liberties or your safety, feel free to contact us and we will direct you to the resources you need – regardless of whether you reside in a Mission Housing building.
|Sam Moss, Executive Director|
Mission Housing Development Corporation
A ceremony on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Valencia Gardens community room acknowledged the sixteen young people who completed the first dev/Mission cohort. Photos by Tony Bear!
Friday, August 18, 2017, a commencement ceremony was held at the community room of Valencia Gardens. Sixteen students graduated from the inaugural cohort of dev/Mission, a free training program where people ages 16 to 24 learn technology skills and critical career skills.
The graduates are:
- Lorena Benitez
- Leslie Canjura
- Angelica Ceja
- Jessica Colorado
- Anthony Khieu
- Mantasha Lakdawala
- Zefu Li
- Henry Lopez
- Elisa Mendoza
- Julian Morrisette
- Nancy Okun
- Cesar Partida
- Mellany Quiroz
- Noe Roman
- Prisila Simental
- Marcell Urbina
Marcell Urbina, a dev/Mission student and the master of ceremonies, started the event by thanking everyone who participated in the program, and thanking the family members and others who were in attendance at the graduation.
The founder and Executive Director of dev/Mission, Leo Sosa, gave an impassioned talk, where he encouraged the students to seize every moment as they put their newly found knowledge to work.
Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation, congratulated the students, and thanked them for having the drive and initiative to complete the course. Mission Housing is a founding sponsor and partner in dev/Mission.
The evening’s keynote speaker was Jaime Martinez, CEO of TekLeap, a premier Information Technology firm. Martinez shared with the students his humble beginnings as a young native of El Salvador — what he called a “jungle boy” — who came to the United States with his parents, and then was forced to climb the social ladder. He encouraged the students to remember their roots, and reach back to give back.
Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing, expressed her profound pride in the accomplishment of the cohort. She was effusive in her praise for the young women who completed the course, and encouraged them to stay resolute in their climb up the tech world ladder.
Coding instructors Christian Salas and Yaritza Perez showcased websites created by the students.
Several of the instructors, volunteers and partners of the dev/Mission program were acknowledged, and then the student certificates were handed out.
The evening concluded with a buffet of food from San Jalisco Mexican restaurant.
A rendering from the presentation shown at two June 2017 community workshops, where three developer teams presented their proposals. Source: SF Planning website
San Francisco selects team to develop hundreds of units on huge site near City College; fourth development awarded to Mission Housing since 2015
The San Francisco Planning Department today announced the team of developers charged with bringing hundreds of new homes to the Balboa Reservoir, a 17.7-acre site next to City College of San Francisco.
Mission Housing Development Corporation, along with AvalonBay Communities, BRIDGE Housing Corporation, Habitat for Humanity of Greater San Francisco, and Pacific Union Development Company won the competitive process that began in March, 2017, when teams first submitted their qualifications.
Using city land to create housing
The site is currently owned by the City and County of San Francisco via the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC).
The Balboa Reservoir Development is part of the “Public Land for Housing program,” a collaboration among San Francisco officials to address the City’s housing needs by maximizing the use of City-owned land.
The San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) and the Planning Department coordinated the RFP process on behalf of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
After the proposals were submitted last May, each was publicly presented and discussed. The SFPUC accepted the recommendation of the panel which reviewed the proposals — and the public input — submitted.
“The winning proposal does an exceptional job of addressing both San Francisco’s extreme housing need and the community’s vision for the Balboa Reservoir,” said Harlan L. Kelly, Jr., SFPUC General Manager.
According to Ken Rich, SF OEWD Director of Development, the winning team “…brings tremendous experience building quality affordable and mixed-use housing, working thoughtfully with local communities, and successfully tackling large and complex projects.”
Partnerships facilitating affordable housing solutions
Two of the developers chosen have already teamed-up on other San Francisco affordable housing. Mission Housing and BRIDGE Housing expect to break ground on 160 new, 100 percent affordable family units at 1950 Mission Street in a few months.
Several entities on the team have built, or are building, in the Balboa Park area. Mission Housing and partner Related California are making progress on constructing new, 100 percent affordable homes across from the Balboa Park BART station.
Mission Housing will develop and own one or more buildings on the Balboa Reservoir site. Habitat for Humanity will develop affordable for-sale housing.
The co-lead developers of Balboa Reservoir are two of the region’s most prolific developers of apartment communities. AvalonBay and BRIDGE Housing will rely on Mission Housing to take the lead with engaging the community during the next several months. This engagement will refine the proposal for the site.
“Much of what we’re learning during our Balboa Park Upper Yard engagement process was vital in helping us win this new award,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “Our main task over the next several months will be to ensure the people of San Francisco, especially those living in the immediate neighborhood, have a say in how this valuable land will be utilized.”
“Balboa Reservoir will be one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in San Francisco. Our plan encourages a diversity of households and families with a wide range of incomes.”
“We’re proud to see our efforts at bringing new affordable housing to San Francisco pay off,” said Moss. “In our immediate future, Mission Housing will provide quality, 100 percent affordable housing for thousands more people.”
“Our commitment to Balboa Park is for the long term.”
The winning game plan
So far, the winning vision re-purposes the 1,000-space parking lot into a new neighborhood with a 2.2-acre green space at its center. Currently dubbed “Reservoir Park” the green space will have direct links to all the surrounding neighborhoods, to create a welcoming public realm. In total, more than four acres of parks and open spaces are proposed.
The heart of the Balboa Reservoir site is dedicated to walking and biking, with numerous walking routes into and through the site. Pathways will connect to surrounding Ocean Avenue and Westwood Park neighborhoods, and to the City College campus.
Numerous buildings of varied heights will contain townhouses, apartments, and commercial spaces. The developers hope to incorporate as many as 1,100 homes in the plan. A shared 500-slot parking garage — part of more than 12-hundred below grade parking spots included in the proposal — will serve both the City College community and Balboa Reservoir residents.
Other parameters for the development, as stipulated by the Planning Department include:
• an affordable housing target of 50% of units catering to low, moderate, and middle-income households
• collaboration with City College on teacher housing
• inclusion of at least one childcare center
Putting people first
Mission Housing will coordinate the delivery of social services for residents of all income levels throughout the new development, and the entire Balboa Reservoir neighborhood.
“Our extensive experience in cultivating services partnerships will ensure that we can deliver childcare and other benefits that will make this development a great asset to the entire neighborhood,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing. “We will be in the unique position of programming all the human elements: social services, the recreation at the parks, and the community-serving nonprofits.”
“The input we get from our outreach will help us design and mold a perfect mix to enhance the quality-of-life for every one of our community stakeholders.”
Engineered for deep sustainability
The Balboa Reservoir team also includes Van Meter Williams Pollack and Pyatok as the master plan architects, ensuring the neighborhood “fit” of the development, and directing a community-based design approach. The master plan architects will oversee other architecture firms that will design individual buildings on the parcel, ensuring an appropriate diversity of styles and ideas in a harmonious master plan.
All aspects of the development’s design will be guided by the principles of the EcoDistrict model, to enhance livability, and to reduce the environmental footprint of Balboa Reservoir for generations to come.
READ MORE: Proposal submitted
READ MORE: Presentation to community groups