In the News: Balboa Reservoir development wins S.F. Planning Commission approval

From the San Francisco Business Times
By Laura Waxmann

More than five years of community planning to redevelop a 17.6-acre swath of land west of the City College of San Francisco’s Ocean campus came to a head on Thursday when a proposal for a 1,100 unit residential project on a portion of the Balboa Reservoir received its first significant approval.

With an unanimous vote, the San Francisco Planning Commission certified a final environmental impact report for the project and green-lit a development agreement with master developers Reservoir Community Partners, LLC.  The plan is to break ground in late 2021 or early 2022.

“I’m really persuaded by the unique opportunity of the site,” said Commissioner Sue Diamond. “It is rare to have this sized piece of land on the west side of the city that allows for the amount of master planning that has gone into creating an entire neighborhood.”

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Mission Housing collaborates with the Latino Task Force

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Contact: Rodrigo E. Durán, Marketing@Calle24sf.org

SAN FRANCISCO LATINO TASK FORCE LAUNCHES MULTILINGUAL COVID-19 WEBSITE

San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Latino Task Force (LTF) launches a one-stop multilingual website to help the Latino community navigate the various COVID-19 resources online: www.LTFrespuestalatina.com .

The website provides information and resources in English, Spanish, and Maya languages. Resources on the website include: health, food, education, small businesses, housing, employment, artists, and more.

“This website is a testament to our community’s ability to come together, collaborate and
overcome any challenge brought by COVID-19,” noted Julio Lara, Latino Task Force member, lead website designer and Senior Communications Manager at Mission Housing. “Our goal from the beginning was to create a site that is culturally-accessible, relevant and welcoming to Latinos who call San Francisco home,” he said.

The San Francisco Latino Task Force on COVID-19 is a group of Latino leaders and community based organizations that are working to meet the needs of our community members city wide.

Collectively, they are helping minimize the barriers between Latino families and the resources available by the city of San Francisco, the state of California, and nationwide.

“Data shows how deeply Latinos are impacted by COVID. What it doesn’t show is the overwhelming community response in addressing the multiple needs of the community,” said Valerie Tulier-Laiwa, Coordinator of the Latino Task Force. “This comprehensive user-friendly website is a tri-lingual tool that offers numerous resources to our community city-wide and beyond. This is an example of the demonstrated community-led and community implemented spirit and approach that we practice.”

PARA PUBLICACIÓN INMEDIATA:
Mártes, 19 de mayo, 2020
Contacto: Rodrigo E. Durán, Marketing@Calle24sf.org

EL LATINO TASK FORCE DE SAN FRANCISCO LANZA SU SITIO WEB MULTILINGÜE CON RECURSOS PARA EL COVID-19

San Francisco, CA – El Latino Task Force (LTF) de San Francisco lanza su sitio web multilingüe para ayudar a la  comunidad latina a navegar por los diversos recursos de COVID-19 en línea: www.LTFrespuestaLatina.com . El sitio web proporciona información y recursos en inglés, español y maya. Los recursos en el sitio web incluyen: salud, alimentación, educación, pequeños negocios, vivienda, empleo, las artes y más.

“Este sitio web es un testimonio de la capacidad de nuestra comunidad para unirse, colaborar y superar cualquier desafío presentado por el COVID-19”, señaló Julio Lara, miembro del Latino Task Force y diseñador principal del sitio web. “Nuestro objetivo desde el principio fue crear un sitio que sea culturalmente accesible, relevante y acogedor para los latinos que llaman a la ciudad de San Francisco su hogar”, dice Julio.

El Latino Task Force de San Francisco es un grupo de líderes latina/os y organizaciones comunitarias que trabajan para satisfacer las necesidades de los miembros de nuestra comunidad en toda la ciudad.

Colectivamente, están ayudando a minimizar las barreras entre las familias latinas y los recursos hechos disponibles por la ciudad de San Francisco, el estado de California y al nivel nacional.

“Los datos muestran que tan profundamente los latinos se ven afectados por el COVID-19. Lo que nos muestra es la abrumadora respuesta de la comunidad al abordar las múltiples necesidades de la comunidad “, dijo ValerieTulier-Laiwa, Coordinadora del Latino Task Force.

“Este sitio web completo y fácil de usar es una herramienta trilingüe que ofrece numerosos recursos a nuestra comunidad en toda la ciudad y más allá. Este es un ejemplo del espíritu, enfoque, y unión de nuestra comunidad”.

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Avanza 490 now accepting applications

Avanza 490 is one step closer to having dozens of families call it “home.”

Some 18 months after breaking ground at 490 South Van Ness, the 100-percent affordable housing development is accepting applications from May 11 to June 8, 2020 for 60 affordable studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units — marking another huge milestone for partners Mission Housing and BRIDGE Housing.

“With the chaos going on in the world right now it’s important to remember the hard work the community has put in to get us to this point,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director at Mission Housing. “81 units of 100% affordable family housing ensuring that hundreds of people will have a safe, high-quality home at a time like this is what’s most important.”

Applications must be submitted online at housing.sfgov.org using San Francisco DAHLIA Portal. For assistance, applicants are encouraged to contact one of the housing counseling agencies listed at housing.sfgov.org/housing-counselors. All applicants are encouraged to apply. Income and other restrictions apply. Subsidies and vouchers are welcome.

[Visit AVANZA490.ORG for Income Requirements]

“We understand the need for affordable housing in San Francisco,” said Mission Housing Deputy Executive Director Marcia Contreras. “I am personally honored and thrilled to be able to present 81 units of affordable housing opportunities to our community in D-9 and throughout San Francisco that will include vital onsite services to all of our residents. We hope this brings hope to many of the families needing housing during these difficult times but most importantly, make sure you apply.”

Along with its 81 units, Avanza 490 will feature a community room with kitchen, a second floor courtyard, rooftop terrace, bike parking, on-site laundry, and professional on-site management.

Mission Housing will lead a consortium of community partners, in order to provide on-site supportive services. Another partner, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, will provide health and wellness programs and services for children, youth, adults, and families. People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights, otherwise known as PODER, will organize Avanza 490 residents around social issues, and provide leadership training.

The deadline to submit an application is June 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. The lottery for Avanza 490 will take place June 22, 2020.

For more information about Avanza 490, please visit Avanza490.org.

Units are monitored through the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development and are subject to monitoring and other restrictions. Preferences will be given in the following order:

1. Households in which one member holds a Certificate of Preference (COP) from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency will be given the highest preference in the lottery ranking process.

2. Households in which one member holds a Displaced Tenant Housing Preference (DTHP) Certificate will be given the second highest preference in the lottery ranking process. DTHP applies up to 12 units.

3. Households applying with the Neighborhood Resident Housing Preference (NRHP) Program will be given the third highest preference in the lottery ranking process. NRHP applies up to 24 units at initial lease up.

4. Households that submit acceptable documentation that at least one member lives or works in San Francisco will be given the fourth highest preference in the lottery ranking process.

For further information or confirmation of preferences, please call Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development Certificate Hotline: 415.701.5613. Applicants in each preference category must meet program requirements in order to enter into a lease agreement.

Even in these tough times, our mission continues

UPDATE ON THE COVID-19 SITUATION:

In these critical times, Mission Housing feels the need to inform our communities and partners that even though our physical offices are currently closed, our operations — and more importantly our mission — continue.

We responded to the “Shelter-in-Place” order and requested our team to work remotely to ensure the safety of their health, but most importantly, the ability to support our operations. We are blessed to have a team that cares deeply for the work we do and loves the communities we all serve. For the past two weeks, we have been busy ensuring the safety of our residents by working very closely with our Property Management teams.

Our Resident Services responded by distributing our “Wash your Hands” campaign in multiple languages to educate our communities of the importance to take critical  measures to avoid getting sick.

Following that, we created a page on MissionHousing.org with multiple tools that our residents and the community-at-large can benefit from. This page is updated frequently to ensure our residents have the most up-to-date information. You can access the page by visiting http://bit.ly/MHDC-Response.

We continued to work on the “Shelter-in-Place” Resources Guide to distribute to all of our residents for easy access to critical information that is important for them to have in multiple languages.

In the coming weeks, the Services team will engage residents in a telephone campaign to stay connected and provide them with up-to-date information and clarify any questions they have in regards to the current Shelter-in-Place order.

More importantly, Mission Housing wants residents to feel supported and know that we are just an e-mail or phone call away. With that in mind, we created an e-mail that our residents can use to contact us. Residents should reach to out to MHDCResponse@MissionHousing.org or contact property management on site. Our main office number is still active! We are committed to responding to all messages left there.

We have implemented protocols to secure the well-being of our residents through our Asset Management team. They have reached out to every single commercial tenant to express our support and to assure them that we are all in this together.

Our Housing Development Department continues pushing forward with our housing projects, and rehabs — working closely with the Services Team and our residents to secure everyone’s well being.

COVID-19 is a challenge we are all dealing with, however we believe that this is the time to stay calm, focused and be resilient.

¡Unidos podremos salir adelante!

 

Sam Moss & Marcia Contreras

Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director
Mission Housing Development Corporation