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Self-sufficiency focus drives new charity fund

The Resident Services team at Mission Housing provides a number of social and community services that help tenants stabilize their lives and eventually prosper. Photo montage by Tony Bear!

Donations to new fund earmarked for quality-of-life services provided to Mission Housing tenants at no cost

All of the people living in the buildings of Mission Housing Development Corporation are defined as low- to moderate-income, and many face significant challenges and difficult circumstances.

Every day, the team of Resident Services Coordinators at Mission Housing works to provide one-on-one case management, and make quality-of-life enhancements available to more than 3,000 people residing in Mission Housing buildings. Resident and community services help tenants stabilize their lives and eventually prosper.

Services provided by Mission Housing are born through community input and tailored to address the needs of each individual resident, each housing development, and the unique neighborhoods surrounding each complex.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Sam Moss
“Putting a roof over someone’s head is merely the beginning of the journey” — Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing.

Many of the voluntary social services provided on-site are the result of partnerships created with local service providers. These tenant-centered resident services stabilize and empower hundreds of Mission Housing inhabitants every year.

“Some of the vulnerable San Franciscans who come to live at Mission Housing arrive with only the clothes on their back,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “Putting a roof over someone’s head is merely the beginning of the journey. The real work begins once an individual or family is housed. Our goal is to help residents achieve and maintain independent living as soon as possible.”

“Mission Housing does whatever it takes to create a stabilizing environment.”

“Stabilizing” often means providing personal items like toiletries, bedding, clothing or other items to residents transitioning from homelessness, or, helping a low-income family access services such as child care, before and after school care, and food pantries. Resident Services Coordinators also refer tenants to health and dental screenings, and other wellness services that contribute to the overall well-being of each family member.

Once residents have been stabilized, the focus of the Resident Services team turns to quality-of-life issues. Computer labs & technology training, arts & crafts classes, health & wellness classes, life skills classes, community social hours and more are provided. Community organizing programs help empower residents to have a stake in their neighborhoods. Social gatherings help residents engage with their neighbors, preventing loneliness and depression.

Revenue from housing development rent is designated to address building capital improvements, repairs, general operations issues and mortgage payments. Since the extra mile of care provided by Mission Housing Resident Services comes from discretionary funds, applying the services consistently can be a challenge.

Now, the Mission Housing Board of Directors has authorized the creation of a special pool of money earmarked exclusively for Resident Services.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Marcía Contreras
“This fund is a way to channel what we receive from charitable people who want to support the well-being of our residents”– Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing.

The Mission Housing Tenant Health, Wellness and Community Fund will receive financial donations that will support creating stable, vibrant and healthy communities.

“An important part of our mission is promoting the self-sufficiency of low and moderate income families, seniors, and persons with considerable life challenges,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing. “Donations to the Mission Housing Tenant Health and Wellness Fund will help us continue to provide accessible, much needed services to our residents, at no cost to them.”

“This fund is a way to channel what we receive from charitable people who want to support the well-being of our residents.”

The fund will receive donations throughout the year. Tax deductible donations can be made electronically via PayPal, or via check sent to:

Mission Housing Tenant Health and Wellness Fund
474 Valencia St., #280, San Francisco, CA 94103

Sponsorships and ticket sales for the Mission Housing 2017 Gala, Silent Auction and Community Awards on September 14, 2017, will also raise money for the Tenant Health and Wellness Fund. Find out more about the gala HERE.

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