GALLERY: Mission Housing breaks ground at 490 South Van Ness

By now the world is aware that Mission Housing and its partners broke ground at 490 South Van Ness in San Francisco with a block party attended by hundreds of their closest friends. 

Below is an album of some of the day’s festivities. Make sure to check out the entire album across our social media channels — you can access it by clicking hereand share with you friends!

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Mission Housing Executive Director Awarded AIA San Francisco’s Social Impact Award


November 28, 2018 —

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.)  The watershed moments at Mission Housing Development Corporation continue with the announcement of AIASF’s 2018 Community Alliance Awards program recipients.

Sam Moss, the Executive Director at Mission Housing will be among those honored with the Social Impact Award by AIASF at the Community Alliance Awards Ceremony on Dec. 7 at Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco.

“It’s always very humbling to be recognized for the work we do at Mission Housing,” Moss said. “And even more so when that recognition comes from an organization like AIASF who shares our vision of improving the quality of life for the communities in the Bay Area. The list of people to thank is long so from the bottom of our collective heart at Mission Housing, a sincere thank you is owed to those who support our mission. I especially want to thank Mission Housing’s staff and Board of Directors, without their support and tireless efforts nothing we accomplish would be possible.”

The AIASF Community Alliance Awards honor the individuals, design firms, and community organizations whose overall efforts contribute to the advancement and enrichment of quality of life in the Bay Area. The Social Impact Award recognizes an individual or organization for extended commitment to community service or significant contribution evidenced by a positive impact on urban, environmental, or neighborhood issues.

“This year’s honorees represent the diversity of focus and commitment that makes our city a model for community-driven impact,” said AIASF Executive Director Jennifer Jones, CAE, IOM. “We’re thrilled to honor the important work taking place in a broad range of fields by these community vanguards.”

Moss joins a trio of winners that includes Cindy Wu of the Chinatown Community Development Center and the Youth Art Exchange.

Nominations were reviewed by a jury consisting of prominent members of the community, including Robin Abad Ocubillo, AIA, Senior Planner and Urban Designer at the SF Planning Department; Henry Siegel, FAIA, Co- founder of Siegel & Strain Architects; Sandra Vivanco, AIA, Founding Principal of A+D, Architecture + Design.

“About 5 years ago under Sam’s executive direction, MHDC orchestrated a historic come back to provide affordable housing and crucial resident support programs to a community that was greatly affected by gentrification and market-rate development forces,” the judges said. “Stronger than ever, MHDC is currently in the process of developing 4 different properties to add to their already robust real estate portfolio. Sam has repeatedly shown his adeptness at staying out of harmful politics and demonstrated his commitment to building community.”

“Mission Housing could not be prouder of the impact we made for our community in 2018,” Moss said, “and what’s most exciting is that 2019 promises to be even bigger with the groundbreaking at 1950 Mission St. and our footprint near the Balboa Park BART Station in District 11 – projects that will bring true affordable housing to San Francisco.”

In recognition of contributions like Moss’ to the advancement and enrichment of the quality of life in the Bay Area, AIASF strives to acknowledge extraordinary individuals and organizations for their service to the Chapter, to the community, and to the profession — their continued efforts engage, educate, collaborate, and advocate elevate the value of design and its impact on the experiences of our daily lives.

For a full list of honorees, visit


To recognize an individual or organization for extended commitment to community service or significant contribution evidenced by a positive impact on urban, environmental, or neighborhood issues.

  • Sam Moss, Mission Housing Development Corporation
  • Cindy Wu, Chinatown Community Development Center
  • Youth Art Exchange




Since 1971, Mission Housing Development Corporation has provided affordable housing options to residents of San Francisco. Now, Mission Housing is one of the largest nonprofit housing organizations in San Francisco, owning or managing 38 buildings. Its mission is to create and preserve high-quality affordable housing for residents of low and moderate incomes in the Mission District and San Francisco. The organization currently serves some 3,000 residents in 1,600 units — 1,000 additional 100 percent affordable rental units are being developed. For more information, visit Follow Mission Housing on Instagram and Twitter: @missionhousing


Serving the Bay Area for over a century, the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF) strives to improve the quality of life in the Bay Area by promoting architecture and design. AIASF represents over 2,200 members practicing architecture, as well as 4,000 allied community professionals in San Francisco and Marin counties. As a resource for our members and the public, AIA San Francisco strives to improve the quality of life in the Bay Area by promoting architecture and design. We further this goal through community involvement, education, advocacy, public outreach, member services, and professional excellence.


Julio Lara, Mission Housing Communications Manager
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In the News: Affordable Housing project planned near Balboa Park BART station

(By Allison Nagel, West Coast Editor,

A new development that will bring more affordable housing to San Francisco is underway next to the Balboa Park BART station.

The 155K SF transit-oriented development, Balboa Park Upper Yard, will deliver up to 120 units of low- and very-low-income housing in a mixed-use project that will have community-serving space. There will be open space on a connected piece of property owned by BART.

The project from neighborhood nonprofit Mission Housing Development Corp. and developer Related California is in the design phase, and construction could start in late 2019 or early 2020. Mithun is the project architect.

“We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to deliver more high quality, affordable housing to District 11,” Mission Housing Executive Director Sam Moss said in a statement. Mission Housing owns or manages 38 housing properties and is one of the area’s largest nonprofit housing organizations. “The community outreach, planning, design, financing and construction will lead to delivering the excellent affordable housing and community services hub which the people of San Francisco deserve.”

Read the rest of the Bisnow article here

Mission Housing breaks ground at 490 South Van Ness

(From the Office of the Mayor, San Francisco) 

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed and community leaders today celebrated the groundbreaking of 80 new affordable apartments in the Mission District, 20 of which will be set aside for San Francisco families wishing to move to the Mission under the HOPE SF program.

The 100% affordable project at 490 South Van Ness will serve households with incomes between 30% and 60% of Area Median Income (AMI), approximately $35,500 to $71,050 for a family of four. Construction is expected to be completed in Summer 2020.

Located in the heart of the Mission District just two blocks from 16th Street BART, the new apartments are being co-developed by Mission Housing Development Corporation and BRIDGE Housing. Residential amenities will include a community room, laundry rooms, bike parking, a courtyard, a roof garden, and resident services provided by Mission Housing. The ground floor will have a community-centered space available to residents and nonprofit organizations.

“What a massive win for the community that we are able to celebrate affordable housing on this site rather than market-rate units far beyond the reach of Mission District families,” said Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “I worked hard with my predecessor David Campos to ensure this vacant parcel would be used for the kind of housing my constituents really need.”

“The entire Mission Housing Development Corporation family is honored to break ground on our first new affording housing development in almost 15 years,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “It’s been a long, difficult road back but to finally break ground and start building new affordable housing makes all the time, blood, sweat and tears worth it. The affordable housing project that is 490 South Van Ness does not get done without the collaboration of several partners and a dedicated team of Mission Housing staff members. I am grateful for everyone’s tireless work and passion for the people of our community.”

“San Francisco is in a housing crisis that is driving up rents and resulting in displacement of our low and middle-income communities across the City,” said Mayor Breed. “Projects like this one are the direct result of the City stepping up to create the affordable housing that we desperately need.”

“We’re honored to be part of the team that’s bringing affordable family homes and community services to a neighborhood that has seen so much displacement,” said Cynthia A. Parker, President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing.

“This site will go a long way to help working families and low income households afford to call San Francisco ‘home’ thanks to an incredible public-private effort to maintain affordable housing options in this booming economy that risks displacement of our most vulnerable residents,” said Liz Minick, San Francisco – East Bay community executive, Bank of America. “In the heart of the Mission District and just two blocks from public transit, residents at the future 490 South Van Ness can access and be part of the City’s vibrant economy. Bank of America is proud to have provided $56.5 million in financing, including a $32 million construction loan and $24.2 million in a Direct Equity investment to help make this vision a reality for San Franciscans.”

Over $27 million in financing is being provided by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. Additional sources of funding include the San Francisco Housing Authority (Project-Based Section 8 vouchers), Bank of America, Barings, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee and the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee.