Mission Housing seniors enjoy summer luncheon

The meal, catered by San Jalisco, was delivered restaurant-style to each diner. Photos by Tony Bear!

Mission Housing seniors gather at Alcantara Court for a three hour social

On Friday, August 5, the Resident Services Department of Mission Housing Development Corporation hosted several dozen seniors at a Mexican-themed summer luncheon and social.

Residents from Alcantara Court, Apartamentos de la Esperanza, and the Abel Gonzalez Apartments came to the Alcantara Court community room to enjoy each other’s company, and have fun participating in raffles — and even dancing!

The meal, catered by San Jalisco, was delivered restaurant-style to each diner. A lively soundtrack of Mexican music was piped-in to the room during the event. Some of the seniors invited young relatives.

Once lunch was served, Mission Housing and Caritas Management staff conducted a raffle for a wide variety of valuable prizes.

“Every summer we throw a little party as a way of showing our seniors how much we appreciate them,” said Martín Ugarte of Mission Housing. “These luncheons are also a great way for our residents to engage with one another.”

After lunch and dessert was served the music was turned up a little louder. Some of the residents kicked-up their heels and brought some merriment to the gathering.

Abel Gonzalez seniors get 1296 Shotwell development info

Dairo Romero (left) of Mission Economic Development Agency describes 1296 Shotwell plans as Marilyn Duran of PODER, and Marcía Contreras of Mission Housing provide translation. Photo: Tony Bear!

Developers from Mission Economic Development Agency share their plans for 1296 Shotwell with the seniors at Abel Gonzalez Apartments

On Thursday, August 4, Mission Housing invited Mission Economic Development Agency to make a presentation at the community room at Abel Gonzalez Apartments. The talk was part of the community outreach surrounding the development of the 1296 Shotwell Senior Affordable Housing complex. The San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development has selected Mission Economic Development Agency and Chinatown Community Development Center as co-developers, owners and managers of the joint-venture. Also on the development team: Herman Coliver Locus Architects, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Precita Eyes Muralists and PODER.

The 1296 Shotwell Senior Affordable Housing complex will serve low-income seniors age 62 and older. 20% of the apartments will be set aside for formerly homeless seniors. Some units at 1296 Shotwell will be affordable to households with incomes ranging from 30% to 60% of area median incomes.

The hour-long talk was led by Dairo Romero of Mission Economic Development Agency. Translations in Chinese and Spanish were provided by Elaine Yee of Mission Economic Development Agency, Marilyn Duran of PODER, and Marcía Contreras of Mission Housing.

Valuable information was disseminated on the design of the building, including features such as pedestrian safety, public art, security for residents and amenities that encourage activities for seniors. The height of the building was also discussed. Some Mission residents have registered objections to the proposed height of the nine-story building. The Mission Economic Development Agency developers pointed out that lowering the height would reduce the number of units available from the 96 currently on the drawing board to as few as 75 units.

A slideshow displayed renderings of the complex from several Mission-area vantage points. Some slides compared the proposed height of 1296 Shotwell to other buildings already in the neighborhood.

The street level appearance, various building decorations, and the mural project spearheaded by Precita Eyes were other elements of the building design that were reviewed.

The seniors also learned details of how to prepare for the application process.

At the end of the presentation, the attendees were asked their opinions about impact of the building height on the number of units that would be available. All of the people in attendance agreed that building the greater amount of units should be the priority. Each signed a letter of support for the development, to be sent to the Planning Commission.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2017, and be completed in 2020.

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Rich Sorro kids attend Warriors Read to Achieve event

Marcía Contreras (right) of Mission Housing arranged for residents from the Rich Sorro Apartments to be among the dozens of kids at the Warriors Reading Time Out

Warriors Read to Achieve Time Out brings the joy of reading to Mission Bay area children

On Wednesday, August 3, the Mission Bay branch of the San Francisco Public Library was the venue for a Warriors Read to Achieve Reading Time Out, sponsored by Ross Stores. The event supported the Summer Stride SF tipoff. Several Mission Housing residents from the Rich Sorro Apartments were among the dozens of kids who huddled around Warriors alumni player and team Community Ambassador Adonal Foyle to read aloud from his children’s book “Too-Tall Foyle Finds His Game” and other titles.

After the reading, Foyle led the students through the Warrior Read to Achieve pledge, which encourages kids to read every day and learn about new and interesting topics. Every student received a Read to Achieve t-shirt, and Ross Stores provided each a new book to enjoy at home.

The Warriors Read to Achieve Reading Program is a year-round child literacy program designed to help young people develop a life-long love for reading through read rallies and other exciting literacy activities. Elementary schools, public library systems and local youth agencies all partner with the Warriors on the program, which is sponsored by Ross Dress For Less.

Warriors players bring the joy of reading year-round to Bay Area children through monthly Reading Time Outs, Reading & Learning Centers and other exciting literacy activities. The Warriors’ highly acclaimed child literacy program expands each year and now reaches thousands throughout the Bay Area.

San Francisco Public Library plays an important role in the summer when schools are closed by providing safe spaces and learning activities for school-age kids. The library’s Summer Stride: Read. Create. Explore. program has encouraged more than 12,000 students to track their reading time, and to visit the library.