Affordable Housing Happy Hour June 30th supports Mission Housing resident and community services
Thursday, June 30, several dozen people celebrated the long weekend at a networking happy hour organized by Mission Housing Development Corporation.
Prior to the open happy hour, Mission Housing staff and board members gathered for a private reception to relax and mingle.
When the happy hour opened to the public, attendees learned how Mission Housing commercial spaces contribute to operating successful affordable housing, community enrichment and quality resident services.
The culinary creations of V-Sixteen Sushi Lounge [MAP] added great flair to the event. V-Sixteen donated 10% of gross revenue to help provide resident and community services in the Mission District.
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
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.
“Building a Future for All: Housing Tour of the Mission” provides details, discussion about future of Mission affordable housing
Twenty-five people from a variety of backgrounds toured a slice of the Mission District on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Most were stakeholders — residents, business owners, and other interested parties — who wanted to learn about the initiatives underway to provide affordable housing in the neighborhood.
“Building a Future for All: Housing Tour of the Mission,” organized by San Francisco Housing Action Coalition and the Emerging Leaders Peer Network, gave a comprehensive look at how several built and planned developments are making more affordable housing stock available. Nonprofit, market-rate and city planning perspectives to address the housing crisis were explored.
First stop: one of the Mission’s newest developments – Vara Apartments, a stylish six-story residential community built in 2013. The building of 202 units features new studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. A percentage of these apartments are designated as Below Market Rate — also known as BMR — units. Jessie Herzog of AGI Avant, the developer, gave a brief presentation on the history of the complex. The tour included a look at the common areas along the entry way, and upstairs around the clubhouse and catering kitchen.
Next stop: the site where 1950 Mission will be built. The tour paused on Wiese Street, behind the Navigation Center which occupies the 1950 Mission site now. Here, Gaylord and Sitabkhan pointed out proposed features of the alley running behind 1950 Mission, and showed where the commercial and other spaces will be located.