In the News: Planning Commission Approves Safe Parking Site at Balboa Upper Yard

The San Francisco Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved plans for a temporary vehicle triage center that would provide a safe parking space for people who live in their vehicles.

According to the plan, the center would be located at 2340 San Jose Ave., the future site of Balboa Upper Yards, a 138-unit affordable housing complex developed by Mission Housing Development Corporation. Construction on the complex won’t start until October 2020, so the space would only serve as a temporary spot.

“We’re proud at Mission Housing to continue our tradition of leading with bold ideas to battle our housing shortage crisis,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director at the nonprofit.

The pilot program would provide space for 33 vehicles, allow people to park long-term and camp in their vehicles overnight, and offer amenities like restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a kitchen and eating areas.

“Connecting families to services and supporting them during difficult times should be our direct response to the needs of our community,” said Mission Housing’s Deputy Executive Director, Marcia Contreras. “It’s a fundamental act of human compassion and kindness. Mission Housing believes strongly in supporting our families in need and connecting them to resources.”

Residents would be allowed to stay for up to 90 days, and after that their stay could be extended at the director’s discretion.

The space would also be equipped with security and office space to provide onsite services for those living in their vehicles.

Read more about it from Bay City News here.

Mission Housing brings home 2019 Livability Award

Mission housing or housing on a mission? How about a little bit of both.

On Sunday at the 2019 Livability Summit, presented by Livable City, Mission Housing Development Corporation was awarded the Community Leader in Action Award for its work on the 18th Street ADU Garage Conversion Project. 

“We’re honored to receive this award,” said Mission Housing Executive Director Sam Moss. “I’ve long said San Francisco needs to focus less on housing cars and more on housing people. We’re working to do just that with projects like the one on 18th Street.”

Moss accepted the award alongside Deputy Executive Director Marcia Contreras. Also named on the award is John Barber, Mission Housing’s Construction Management Consultant. 

Part of Mayor London Breed’s Executive Directive to accelerate the approvals of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as in-law units, Mission Housing’s 18th Street ADU Garage Conversion Project is modeling a way to create new, rent-controlled housing out of dormant garage space that is accessible to seniors, people with disabilities and low-income residents.

Taking place during Sunday Streets Mission at The Chapel on Valencia Street, the 2019 Livability Summit & Awards Brunch was a chance to see Sunday Streets from the inside-out, socialize, savor a cocktail, experience thought-provoking discussions, and enjoy one-plus miles of car-free fun, all in the same day.

Other awardees included: Chan Kaajal Community Garden — a part of the city’s first new park in ten years, bringing green, open space for community-building, recreation and public health to the heart of the Mission in collaboration with local community groups like Poder.

People Protected Bike Lanes fights to keep and create safe, accessible bike lanes free from car traffic. Their work has resulted in the installation of protected bike lanes on upper Market Street, $150k in funding for the Valencia Bicycle safety project, and upcoming projects on Howard and Townsend streets.

Dev/Mission Announces New Lease Agreement with Mission Housing

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(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) — One of the premier Resident Services collaborations in San Francisco is taking another step forward.

On June 3, 2019, two years after agreeing to partner and incubate at one of Mission Housing Development Corporation’s marquee buildings, <dev/Mission> has signed a new lease agreement with the nonprofit developer making Valencia Gardens, located at 360 Valencia St., the official headquarters of the tech nonprofit.

“When we incubated dev/Mission two years ago, we could only dream that Leo and his team would reward our faith the way that they have,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director at Mission Housing. “We’re beyond proud of dev/Mission’s success. They’re further proof that Mission Housing’s commercial tenants thrive when they’re truly community partners, and we’ll continue to support these invaluable assets to our communities because that is the Mission Housing way.”

Mission Housing and dev/Mission are pleased to extend an invitation to the public on June 3, 2019 for the official ribbon cutting ceremony at the official headquarters of dev/Mission — 360 Valencia St. in the heart of the Mission District.

“Dev/Mission is very thankful to our partner Mission Housing Development Corporation for working together with our leadership team to develop this amazing lease that will help us enhance and deliver programming in the Mission District for years to come,” said Leo Sosa, Executive Director of dev/Mission.

“You know your work matters when you support  an amazing organization and partner such as dev/Mission,” said Marcia Contreras, Deputy Executive Director at Mission Housing.

“Mission Housing is thrilled to be able to secure a space for dev/Mission, but most importantly what this space represents to so many young adults. We believed in the vision that Leo Sosa presented to us two years ago. Today, we celebrate a mutual collaboration that has produced opportunities to so many, but most importantly it has empowered our young adults to believe in themselves and become our future leaders in the tech industry. They will now be responsible to open doors to others coming behind them within our own community.”

Launched two years ago, dev/Mission aims to train untapped young adults ages 16 to 24 for careers in tech.

To learn more about <dev/Mission> and to participate in this event please contact Leo Sosa at

Event details:

When: Monday June 3rd, 2019

Where: Dev/Mission HQ (360 Valencia Street)

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm



Mission Housing Development Corporation is a nonprofit, community-based organization creating and preserving high-quality affordable housing, and providing supportive services for residents of low and moderate incomes in the Mission District and throughout San Francisco. For more information on Mission Housing, visit


Our Mission: To train untapped young adults for careers in technology. 

Our Vision: To build wealth and prosperity in our local diverse communities through jobs in technology.

Our Goal: Our goal is to connect the most overlooked population in San Francisco, Bay Area and beyond; and expose them to careers in the tech industry.


Leonardo Sosa, Executive Director

(415) 572.3947

Julio Lara, Communications Manager

(650) 678.4957

Celebrating two years of partnership with dev/Mission

Special to Mission Housing
By Leo Sosa

Saturday, March 30 at  7 p.m. marks the two-year anniversary when I left my job as a Technology Training Coordinator at MEDA in San Francisco to launch my own nonprofit <dev/Mission>.

Mission Housing Development Corporation Executive Director Sam Moss and now Deputy Executive Director Marcia Contreras took me by their wing during that time and I am so appreciative to both of them to help me launch my organization inside Valencia Gardens at 360 Valencia St. where we currently operate today.

When I started we had enough money to last us for two months. Two years later we have received funding from Autodesk, Latino Community Foundation, Microsoft, Uber, Google, ATT, Paypal, OEWD (TechSF) just to name a few. We have also received from personal donors tons of donations like computers from the University of San Francisco, Dropbox, Uber, Ampush, JonesIT, Monkeybrains that are being awarded to the participants graduating from our program and the families we serve.

We hosted our summer 2017 inaugural session with 20 young adults from the Bay Area; 50 percent of them were women. We taught 120 middle schoolers from Jamestown Community Center how to write a line of code that summer as well.

Since then we have launched over eight 12-week cohorts in the Mission District, the Bayview and the Western Addition in partnership with Mission Housing Development Corporation, San Francisco Housing Development Corporation, FRH Consulting and we are in the process of launching our first pilot in the Bayview Hunters Point East and Visitacion Valley Community.

We have also partnered with John O’Connell High School and JVS to launch an Intro to Programming Class for their High School Seniors — to date 16 high school seniors have learned how to code.

As of today here are some stats from our organization:

Total Enrolled: 91
Currently Enrolled: 6
Total Graduated: 74
Graduation Rate: 81.32%

Thirty five graduates are working either in fellowships, internships, apprenticeships or part-time/full-time jobs in the tech industry.

Our participant population is 45 percent girls, 70 percent Latino, 15 percent and African American — 100 percent come from very low income households, and over 35 percent of our students come from outside San Francisco. Forty nine of our enrollments have been High School Students.

Our strategic plan aims to serve 100 untapped young adults from underserved communities this year, offer 15 paid internships to our graduates and hire 4 technology instructors to teach our STEAM curriculum.

Over 100 volunteers have signed up since we started as tech mentors; TA’s; marketing; outreach and other volunteer roles we have created.

We had our 1st Youth Benefit back in September of last year and raised over $225,000 on that night.

We have launched our “Tech Wizard” Mentorship program so every graduate gets paired with a mentor for six months developing and enhancing their career paths into tech.

We just graduated our 1st pilot fellowships cohort building web apps for communities we serve, launched last summer our 1st STEM Hub for K-12 fully funded by Microsoft in the Bayview Hunters Point West Community, along with this program we have also launched our 1st Digital Music Lab Program where youth ages 14-21 can come to compose, arrange, record, edit, mix and master professional quality music sponsored by Adobe in the Bayview Hunters Point West 1030 Community Center.

We have also launched our 1st Pre-Apprenticeship ICT Occupational Skills Training funded by TechSF and we are in the process of launching our 1st Apprenticeship Pilot in partnership with Postmates.

We have refurbished over 150 computers for nonprofit, low income families we serve with our Community Technology Associate Program and provided over 1,000 hours of service learning opportunities with our graduates.

The founder of the next Instagram or the next Web Developer or IT Technician is currently taking classes at our Spring 2019 cohort right now.

I myself have never written a line of code. That hasn’t stopped me from having the audacity and passion to put these skills in the hands of young people to date and more to come.

Most people think I took this job because of a passion for technology, that’s partially true. The real passion I have is to provide hope and opportunity to the youth and young adults in this region that are growing in underserved communities as I did in Visitacion Valley (Twin Towers).

Thank you to everyone that has offered your support, funding, advice, coaching, encouragement, insight, network and resources as I’ve taken this journey with <dev/Mission>.

Have I done mistakes? I am pretty sure I have but I have learned to learn from them and move on.

Lastly, I want to thank that team of technologists; Kurtis, Abraham, Jesse, Deborah, Stephany, Christian, Yariza, Dani, Arya, Zuri, and Melissa that put this organization together two years ago, the group of young people that decided to join this journey as well, our board, partners, supporters, sponsors; but most importantly my family (Zulma, Ismael, and Isaac) who believed in me and everyone else that has inspire me to “create the next generation of tech talent” with this organization.

For all of you, I’m truly grateful.