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SF mayor names Mission Housing exec to Treasure Island policy board

Sam Moss is Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation. He has served in various capacities with Mission Housing since 2008, and is active with several community-based organizations. Photo by Tony Bear!

Sam Moss joins Treasure Island Development Authority Board of Directors

Mayor Ed Lee has appointed Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation, to the Treasure Island Development Authority Board of Directors.

The Treasure Island Development Authority is a nonprofit organization formed to oversee the economic development of the San Francisco neighborhood at the northernmost area of District 6. The seven-member Board of Directors, appointed by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, is the de facto governing body of Treasure Island.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Mayor Ed Lee, Sam Moss

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (right) with Mission Housing exec Sam Moss after the ceremony where Moss was sworn-in as a member of the Treasure Island Development Authority Board of Directors. Photo by Tony Bear!

Stewardship of a regional treasure

A nonprofit organization, the Treasure Island Development Authority was created to act as both the development agency and the trustee of the Tideland Trust for Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands. Charged with ensuring the island is used in an environmentally and economically viable way, the Treasure Island Development Authority Board of Directors create and manage the master development plan and make policy decisions critical to the future of the former naval station.

Board members also approve large contracts, and the authority’s annual budget. The full board meets on the second Wednesday of each month at San Francisco City Hall. The meetings are also carried on SFGov-TV.

“I’m honored to serve San Francisco, and look forward to providing an Affordable Housing- and Community Development-focused mindset to Treasure Island,” said Moss. “This is an amazing opportunity to ensure significant amounts of affordable housing are included not only physically but equitably as well.”

Naval Station Treasure Island

The artificial island in San Francisco Bay was used by the U.S. Government as a base of operations for the U. S. Navy from 1942 until being decommissioned in 1996. Navy operations ended there in 1997, although several federal agencies still maintain a presence on the island.

The City of San Francisco paid $108 million to acquire the property in 2007. Treasure Island is now open to the public and is home to more than 2,000 residents, commercial tenants, schools, athletic organizations and community organizations.

In 2011, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a redevelopment project on Treasure Island and parts of Yerba Buena Island, with a goal of creating a new San Francisco neighborhood.

The Treasure Island Project

Construction has begun on the Treasure Island Development, a 405-acre redevelopment project that is a joint venture between Lennar Corporation and Kenwood Investments. The partnership is now developing as many as 8,000 homes, some offered at below-market rates. Also part of the master plan: extensive open spaces, three hotels, and 240,000 square feet of restaurants, retail, entertainment venues and office space.

The Treasure Island Development Authority is overseeing the project, which could take fifteen years to complete.

Information from Wikipedia and sftreasureisland.org contributed to this post

Mission Housing adds more affordable housing professionals

Aditi Mahmud (left) has joined the Housing Development team at Mission Housing. Veronica Green re-joins the Mission Housing Resident Services team, this time as Community Associate Director at Valencia Gardens. Photos by Tony Bear!

Experienced Housing Development, Resident Services new hires important to new affordable housing construction, tenant case management

A new year brings more staff members to the Mission Housing Development Corporation employee roster.

Aditi Mahmud has joined the Housing Development team. As Project Manager, Mahmud will help locate and evaluate suitable sites for development. She will also be involved in getting government approvals and drumming up public support for new housing.

Additionally, Mahmud will manage project design, work on financing, and coordinate with attorneys, architects, general contractors and others.

A graduate of the UCLA Department of Urban Planning Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program, Mahmud was previously a project manager in Seattle, WA for Vitus Group, an affordable housing developer.

“The mission and vision of Mission Housing is a perfect fit with my passion for creating affordable housing,” said Mahmud. “Knowing that I can literally open doors for others makes this work very fulfilling.”

Full-time resident services, case management for Valencia Gardens tenants

Veronica Green rejoins the Mission Housing Resident Services team, this time as Community Associate Director. Green will oversee programs, interns and service providers at Valencia Gardens. She will also provide case management, and help residents access community resources and enrichment services.

Green returns to Mission Housing after working as a case manager and an activities director for Mercy Housing. Prior to that, she was at Mission Housing for four years, working at the senior housing sites as a Resident Services Coordinator, and then Resident Services Program Manager.

“I look forward to working with residents, staff and Mission District stakeholders to create a supportive community at Valencia Gardens,” said Green. “My focus will be on bringing programs that will enrich the lives of our residents.”

“These new hires will add to our capacity for building more affordable housing, and delivering more services to our residents,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services at Mission Housing. “We look forward to Aditi and Veronica making outstanding contributions to our mission.”

Residents find holiday cheer thanks to Mission Housing staff

Martín Ugarte, Associate Director of Resident Services for Mission Housing, and Veronica Green, Valencia Gardens Community Associate Director, inspect the wrapping on toys to be distributed later. Photo by Tony Bear!

Hundreds of Mission Housing tenants enjoy holiday festivities thanks to Resident Services team

Eighteen holiday celebrations spread among fifteen buildings. Hundreds of toys distributed. One thousand pounds of food served. Lots of smiling faces seen.

Every year, the Resident Services team of Mission Housing Development Corporation makes sure tenants get a little dose of holiday cheer. November through December, the sights and sounds of the season brighten the community rooms of several Mission Housing apartment buildings.

“Our goal is to make sure we keep our tenants engaged during the holidays,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing. “The end-of-year festivities help to bring our residents together, and make certain everyone has something to celebrate, no matter their circumstances. We hope these celebrations and gatherings create an environment that will take away some of the stress and isolation that can come with this time of year.”

Contreras supervises Mission Housing Resident Services Coordinators as they take charge of every facet of the group celebrations. Coordinators manage the residents who enjoy keeping busy by volunteering to decorate rooms and prepare meals. The undertaking is a collaboration with the on-site management staffs of Caritas Management Corporation and The John Stewart Company.

Holiday festivities mean food

Residents in Mission Housing senior buildings, and occupants of the Mission Housing single room hotels, enjoy holiday luncheons. At the Mission Housing family buildings, residents gather around tables for a festive sit-down dinner.

Some of the meals are prepared and served by staff, others are cooked and served by resident volunteers. In most cases, the food and refreshments are provided by Mission Housing. Tenants in the SRO buildings dedicate proceeds from vending machine sales towards buying food for their group holiday meals.

Holiday Wish Drive gift program fulfills wishes

At the family building celebrations, Mission Housing kids aged 12 and younger receive toys from The Family Giving Tree, as part of their Holiday Wish Drive. The Holiday Wish Drive receives personalized gift wishes, and raises money to bulk-purchase gifts. Various donors also buy and drop off actual toys.

Mission Housing staffers make several trips to The Family Giving Tree warehouse to pick up contributed toys. Resident volunteers help staff with gift-wrapping. The gifts are put into age-appropriate collections. The Family Giving Tree includes toothbrushes with the gifts, as a way to remind and encourage children to engage in proper dental hygiene practices.

“For our families who struggle to make ends meet, these might be the only gifts the children will receive during the holidays,” said Martín Ugarte, Associate Director of Resident Services for Mission Housing. “This is why our team enjoys putting so much effort into our holiday gift distributions.”

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

READ MORE: 490 South Van Ness: Transit-oriented design to activate dormant corner

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

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