Mission Housing leaders, others, support London Breed D.C. visit

District 5 Supervisor London Breed (left) receives a letter of support from Joshua Arce, secretary of the Mission Housing Board of Directors. Looking on are Roberto Hernandez of Our Mission No Eviction (center) and Mission Housing executives Sam Moss and Marcía Contreras. Photo by Tony Bear!

London Breed, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, heads to Washington, D.C. to push for neighborhood preference in housing decisions

August 31, Mission Housing Board Secretary Joshua Arce convened a press conference at 1950 Mission St. in support of District 5 Supervisor London Breed as she meets with federal housing department officials. The purpose of her trip: To push back against a ruling by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD, which invalidates San Francisco efforts to favor local residents in affordable housing lotteries.

The Board of Supervisors approved “neighborhood preference” housing legislation last year. This would set aside 40 percent of the new affordable housing units for qualified applicants living in the district, or within a half-mile radius of where the development is located.

HUD vetoed the San Francisco plan, calling it a violation of the federal Fair Housing Act. HUD provides funds and tax incentives to help build affordable housing in San Francisco and around the country, and also offers federal rent subsidies to some tenants.

Hundreds of affordable housing units are coming online in the Mission District over the next few years. As a result of the HUD ruling, none of the new units will be guaranteed for people who already reside in the Mission.

Under the San Francisco plan, Mission District residents would be favored to reside in at least 64 of the 160 units of affordable housing in the 1950 Mission St. development on the drawing board at Mission Housing.

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Abel Gonzalez seniors get 1296 Shotwell development info

Dairo Romero (left) of Mission Economic Development Agency describes 1296 Shotwell plans as Marilyn Duran of PODER, and Marcía Contreras of Mission Housing provide translation. Photo: Tony Bear!

Developers from Mission Economic Development Agency share their plans for 1296 Shotwell with the seniors at Abel Gonzalez Apartments

On Thursday, August 4, Mission Housing invited Mission Economic Development Agency to make a presentation at the community room at Abel Gonzalez Apartments. The talk was part of the community outreach surrounding the development of the 1296 Shotwell Senior Affordable Housing complex. The San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development has selected Mission Economic Development Agency and Chinatown Community Development Center as co-developers, owners and managers of the joint-venture. Also on the development team: Herman Coliver Locus Architects, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Precita Eyes Muralists and PODER.

The 1296 Shotwell Senior Affordable Housing complex will serve low-income seniors age 62 and older. 20% of the apartments will be set aside for formerly homeless seniors. Some units at 1296 Shotwell will be affordable to households with incomes ranging from 30% to 60% of area median incomes.

The hour-long talk was led by Dairo Romero of Mission Economic Development Agency. Translations in Chinese and Spanish were provided by Elaine Yee of Mission Economic Development Agency, Marilyn Duran of PODER, and Marcía Contreras of Mission Housing.

Valuable information was disseminated on the design of the building, including features such as pedestrian safety, public art, security for residents and amenities that encourage activities for seniors. The height of the building was also discussed. Some Mission residents have registered objections to the proposed height of the nine-story building. The Mission Economic Development Agency developers pointed out that lowering the height would reduce the number of units available from the 96 currently on the drawing board to as few as 75 units.

A slideshow displayed renderings of the complex from several Mission-area vantage points. Some slides compared the proposed height of 1296 Shotwell to other buildings already in the neighborhood.

The street level appearance, various building decorations, and the mural project spearheaded by Precita Eyes were other elements of the building design that were reviewed.

The seniors also learned details of how to prepare for the application process.

At the end of the presentation, the attendees were asked their opinions about impact of the building height on the number of units that would be available. All of the people in attendance agreed that building the greater amount of units should be the priority. Each signed a letter of support for the development, to be sent to the Planning Commission.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2017, and be completed in 2020.

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Marcía Contreras joins Eastern Neighborhoods Citizen’s Advisory Committee

Marcía Contreras is Director of Operations, and Director of Resident Programs and Services for Mission Housing Development Corporation. She has served in various capacities with Mission Housing since 2009, and is active with several community-based organizations. Photo by Tony Bear!

Mission Housing exec Marcía Contreras will advise mayor, supervisors, inform district residents

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has named Marcía Contreras to represent District 9 on the Eastern Neighborhoods Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

The Citizens Advisory Committee gives input to City of San Francisco agencies and decision makers on implementation of the Eastern Neighborhoods Area Plans. The community advisory body is comprised of people representing the neighborhoods of East SoMa, Mission, Showplace/Potrero, West SoMa, Central Waterfront. Also on the committee: members appointed by supervisors of Districts 6, 8, 9 and 10.

“I look forward to seeing you play a vital leadership role in our local government and in the communities you serve,” Mayor Lee told Contreras in a statement.

The committee helps city government prioritize how public benefits are disbursed. The committee members also keep the residents they represent informed about city policy and legislation, and the status of development proposals.

Contreras is Director of Operations, and Director of Resident Programs and Services for Mission Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit that builds and manages affordable housing in the Mission District and other San Francisco neighborhoods. She has served in various capacities with Mission Housing since 2009, and is active with several local organizations.

“This is a tremendous responsibility,” said Contreras. “I look forward to presenting ideas from the Mission that will help the Mayor and the City prioritize how their plans are implemented.”

Contreras’ term on the committee ends October, 2017.