Rapid Response Hotlines

Community members to call in case of immigration enforcement in your neighborhood

In the beginning of 2017, in response to new enforcement policies at the national level, a group of immigration and civil rights advocates began working together to create a network to respond to immigration enforcement actions in Northern California. The network’s goal is to provide support to every community within the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Immigration Court – from Bakersfield to the Oregon border — to protect individuals’ due process rights and keep families together.

Courtesy Northern California Rapid Immigration Response Network [WEBSITE]

Rapid Response Hotlines

A listing of phone numbers to contact members of the Northern California Regional Rapid Response Network. For more information contact hpanah@sfbar.org. Provided courtesy San Francisco Immigrant Legal Education Network. For more information contact Program Manager Marisela Esparza: marisela@dscs.org
San Francisco415-200-1548
Alameda County510-241-4011
Santa Clara County408-290-1144
Monterey County831-643-5225
Fresno County559-206-0151
Marin County415-991-4545
Sacramento County916-245-6773
Santa Cruz County831-239-4289
Contra Costa CountyTBD
Sonoma and Napa CountyReleased 10/12
Services Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN) Texting Platform for North and Central CA
Community201-468-6088
Allies918-609-4480

2017 fundraising event entertains, exceeds goals

Event photography by Tony Bear! except where indicated

Hundreds attend gala, thousands of dollars raised for tenant supportive services

Thursday, September 14, 2017, Mission Housing Development Corporation transformed the Laborers Local 261 Hall in San Francisco into a fun environment that entertained scores of professionals, community advocates, and friends of the affordable housing movement.

The Mission Housing Gala, Silent Auction and Community Awards fundraising event celebrated the organization’s 46 years of building and managing affordable housing in San Francisco. Funds raised from sponsorships and ticket sales are still being tallied. Net proceeds will add to The Mission Housing Tenant Health, Wellness and Community Fund, which sustains important no-cost, voluntary on-site supportive services provided to occupants of the 100% affordable housing sites operated by Mission Housing.

The party gets started

“Tonight we celebrate our residents, and our neighbors,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing, in comments to open the festivities. “Mission Housing has come a long way in 46 years, and we still have a long way to go as we fight to keep San Francisco affordable for as many people as possible.”

The event opened with a cocktail hour, where attendees socialized while enjoying passed appetizers, wine, and stationed dinners. Fogcutter catered the service.

Recognitions, acknowledgements and awards

Joshua Arce, chair of the Mission Housing Board of Directors, opened the award ceremony by thanking those in attendance, and introducing fellow board members.

“We are very grateful for all the support we’ve received from our sponsors and from everyone here,” said Arce. “Thanks to you, we’ve exceeded our fundraising goal!”

Arce shared recognitions sent from the offices of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and state Board of Equalization Board Member Fiona Ma. Arce also acknowledged a few of the elected officials who attended the gala, including District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who delivered a proclamation from the Board of Supervisors declaring September 14, 2017 as “Mission Housing Development Corporation Day.”

District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy took the podium, and read certificates signed by the Board of Supervisors honoring Mission Housing for 46 years of service to the people of San Francisco. Sheehy also presented Moss with a certificate recognizing his six years of leadership at the organization.

Then, Moss and Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing, introduced the two community leaders recognized at the event.

Dr. Estela Garcia, Executive Director of Instituto Familiar de la Raza (IFR), was unable to attend the ceremony while on medical leave. Accepting the award on her behalf was IFR’s Board President Tyrone Navarro.

Former Mission Housing board member Pete Gallegos, while receiving his award, commented on the beginnings of Mission Housing, and encouraged everyone to continue “…fighting the good fight.” Contreras then brought Mission Housing Office Manager and Operations Assistant Ana Torres to the stage, and surprised her with an award recognizing 30 years of service to Mission Housing.

The fun begins!

After the comments, DJ Ruben Palma Jr. energized the crowd with popular music, and dancing ensued!

One of the most popular features of the gala: A “photo booth,” where party-goers posed with construction-themed props and garb before a green screen. The finished photos showed the portrait subjects super-imposed over scenes from current and future Mission Housing developments. The booth was provided by Giggle and Riot.

Mission Housing Gala from Giggle and Riot on Vimeo.

“This event celebrates our successes and honors those who make them possible,” Moss said.

The gala is the third Mission Housing fundraiser planned and coordinated by Contreras and Mission Housing staff, with the assistance of Michelle Barrionuevo-Mazzini. Her company, MB Wedding Design and Events, is a boutique planning and design company servicing Northern California, Southern California, Hawaii and destinations worldwide.

Event photo gallery sponsored by
Mission Housing Development Corporation | Nibbi

2017 Mission Housing gala panorama

Fundraising event lands major sponsors Nibbi Bros., Caritas Management

Thursday anniversary gala celebrates 46 years, supports on-site social services, recognizes community vanguards

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Robert Nibbi

“The values of Mission Housing Development Corporation… resonate deeply with our own values and culture” — Robert Nibbi. Photo: nibbi.com

The Mission Housing Development Corporation fall fundraising event is already on track to be a major success.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 is when the Mission Housing Gala, Silent Auction and Community Awards will be held at the Laborers Local 261 Hall in San Francisco [MAP].

Nibbi Brothers General Contractors has become the Developer level sponsor, contributing $15,000 to the Mission Housing Tenant Health and Wellness Fund.

“The values of Mission Housing Development Corporation – especially their commitment to Community, Integrity and Quality – resonate deeply with our own values and culture.” said Bob Nibbi, President of Nibbi Brothers General Contractors.

“Having worked with together for over 25 years, we are delighted to support Mission Housing’s mission to improve the lives of all San Franciscans through building and maintaining affordable housing.”

Stepping into the Builder level sponsorship with a $10,000 donation to the Mission Housing Tenant Health and Wellness Fund, is Caritas Management Corporation.

“As part of a 35 year relationship with Mission Housing Development Corporation, we are honored to share the same vision of preserving affordable housing, creating stability and enriching lives,” said Devesh Patel, President of Caritas Management Corporation.

“We are very proud of what Mission Housing has provided not only to the Mission District but in the beautiful city of San Francisco as a whole.”

The theme of the event, “46 Years of Building Safe, Empowered, and Resilient Communities” will be the basis for storytelling about Mission Housing residents who’ve recovered from adversity because of the affordable housing and supportive services they received.

Also recognized: Two community leaders who have been empowering voices in the fight to build strong neighborhoods.

“This will be an important celebration of our residents, our neighbors, our vanguards and our future,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “We’ve come a long way in 46 years. One of the most important things to remember is that our accomplishments are about more than construction.”

Mission Housing on Eventbrite

Event admission sales will continue online through Wednesday night, September 13 at missionhousing2017gala.eventbrite.com and at the door on Thursday evening.

“This event is our way of celebrating our successes and honoring those who make them possible,” Moss said.

Creating stable, vibrant and healthy communities

Funds raised from sponsorships and ticket sales will strengthen and sustain important Resident Services provided to occupants of the 100% affordable housing sites operated by Mission Housing.

“Our tenants and our neighborhoods thrive because of the free and voluntary on-site supportive services available from Mission Housing,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services at Mission Housing. “The funds we bring in with this event will help stabilize the lives of many families and individuals.”

Event admission sales will continue online through Wednesday night, September 13, at missionhousing2017gala.eventbrite.com.

Admission sales will also take place at the door on Thursday evening. Credit or debit card payments are highly encouraged.

Push Yourself from Mission Housing on Vimeo.

dev/Mission graduates first tech student cohort

A ceremony on Friday, ‎August ‎18, ‎2017 at the Valencia Gardens community room acknowledged the sixteen young people who completed the first dev/Mission cohort. Photos by Tony Bear!

Friday, August 18, 2017, a commencement ceremony was held at the community room of Valencia Gardens. Sixteen students graduated from the inaugural cohort of dev/Mission, a free training program where people ages 16 to 24 learn technology skills and critical career skills.

The graduates are:

  • Lorena Benitez
  • Leslie Canjura
  • Angelica Ceja
  • Jessica Colorado
  • Anthony Khieu
  • Mantasha Lakdawala
  • Zefu Li
  • Henry Lopez
  • Elisa Mendoza
  • Julian Morrisette
  • Nancy Okun
  • Cesar Partida
  • Mellany Quiroz
  • Noe Roman
  • Prisila Simental
  • Marcell Urbina

Marcell Urbina, a dev/Mission student and the master of ceremonies, started the event by thanking everyone who participated in the program, and thanking the family members and others who were in attendance at the graduation.

The founder and Executive Director of dev/Mission, Leo Sosa, gave an impassioned talk, where he encouraged the students to seize every moment as they put their newly found knowledge to work.

Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation, congratulated the students, and thanked them for having the drive and initiative to complete the course. Mission Housing is a founding sponsor and partner in dev/Mission.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Jaime Martinez, CEO of TekLeap, a premier Information Technology firm. Martinez shared with the students his humble beginnings as a young native of El Salvador — what he called a “jungle boy” — who came to the United States with his parents, and then was forced to climb the social ladder. He encouraged the students to remember their roots, and reach back to give back.

Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing, expressed her profound pride in the accomplishment of the cohort. She was effusive in her praise for the young women who completed the course, and encouraged them to stay resolute in their climb up the tech world ladder.

Coding instructors Christian Salas and Yaritza Perez showcased websites created by the students.

Several of the instructors, volunteers and partners of the dev/Mission program were acknowledged, and then the student certificates were handed out.

The evening concluded with a buffet of food from San Jalisco Mexican restaurant.