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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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

Mission Housing offices closed

Please note: Per the recommendation of San Francisco officials, the Mission Housing offices are closed until at least Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Please check back here for more as we get updates.

In the meantime, for more information about the Coronavirus situation, click here.

Download’s Mission Housing’s Shelter in Place Guide Here:

Mission Housing Shelter In Place Resource Guide (Five Languages)

Stay safe, everyone.

If you have an urgent matter and need to contact a Resident Services Coordinator, please call (415) 864-6432 or email us at MHDCResponse@MissionHousing.org

Justice4Amilcar Mural unveiled at Mission Housing site

More than four years after tragedy struck in the Mission, the people of the community can now take another step in their healing process.

The Justice4Amilcar Mural, “Alto al Fuego en La Misón” located at 3250 24th Street was unveiled Sunday morning. The mural is the largest in the Latino Cultural Corridor in a decade.

“It’s been an honor to partner with the community to support something that will hopefully bring us all together to heal,” said Mission Housing executive director Sam Moss. “This incredible work of art was created to celebrate the life and impact of Amilcar and Mission Housing is truly honored to be a part of it all.”

RELATED: Listen to the San Francisco inFlux podcast and their interview with the Justice4Amilcar Mural artists on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or Podbean

The mural is dedicated to Amilcar Perez-Lopez, who was shot and killed by officers from the San Francisco Police Department on February 26th, 2015. For just under five years, Perez-Lopez’s death has elicited widespread protests throughout the city and media attention throughout the world. While charges were not filed against the officers responsible, Perez-Lopez’s family in Guatemala, and the Mission community where he lived and died, refuse to forget him and others lost to police violence.

“We’ve always believed that our buildings are part of the fabric of our community and a canvas in which our community can express their voices,” said Marcia Contreras, Deputy Executive Director at Mission Housing. “As such, it is their voice that matters the most.”

The mural portrays Perez-Lopez, his family demanding justice, and the other community members recently killed by SFPD: Mario Woods, Alex Nieto, Luis Gongora Pat, and Jesus Adolfo Delgado. The mural also depicts immigrants and migrants killed along the United States’ southern border: Roxana Hernandez, Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez, and Oscar and Valeria Martinez.

“This mural not only remembers the tragedy and trauma of these police killings, but also the hope and resilience of the community that refuses to forget them,” said Father Richard Smith, one of the mural’s chief organizers. “It represents the ongoing struggle to purge SFPD of its decades-long racism, brutality, and corruption. Too many young people of color have been needlessly killed, too many moms and dads still remain in tears. May this mural both honor their deceased loved ones and be a prayer not only of lamentation but also for their healing and hope.”

Located on the new offices of the Calle24 Latino Cultural District, the mural is latest in improvements at one of Mission Housing’s scattered sites — work that began in 2017.

“Alto al Fuego en la Mision” supported by Mission Housing Development Corporation, Mission Night Walks, and organized by Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth (HOMEY). The mural was funded by Mission Housing, the San Francisco Foundation Rapid Response Fund, CHALK, and many generous community donations through fiscal sponsors Saint John’s Episcopal Church, HOMEY, and Fr. Richard Smith.

The mural was designed and directed in community and collaboration by Carla Elana Wojczuk with, HOMEY, Justice4Amilcar Coalition, Mission community, Lucía González Ippolito, and assisted by Flavia Elisa Mora; Lead Muralists: Carla Elana Wojczuk, Lucía González Ippolito, Cristian Muńoz, Anna Lisa Escobedo, Adrianna Adams, Flavia Elisa Mora (painting and poetry), Pancho Pescador; lettering: Sonia G Molina.