Residents of the Mission District are welcome to access a number of community services available at select Mission Housing developments.
Access to computer technology
Many San Francisco seniors and people with physical challenges are low-income, and many live alone. People from these vulnerable populations are at high risk for the serious health consequences that come from living in isolation. Also, as more government services move online people who depend on such services need access to the web. Providing access to technology helps create the connectedness needed to enrich lives. For many people the Valencia Gardens Computer Learning Center and Tech Lab is the internet lifeline they need.
Mission Housing residents and other people who live in the Mission have access to free computer use, and to afree training program that teaches technology skills and critical career skills to young people aged 16 to 24, who are residents of Mission District and Mission Bay. The program, “dev/Mission” has quarterly cohorts. Students in the program also provide free tech support to the community.
Free walk-in access to computers
All residents of the diverse Mission District deserve free and equal access to information, knowledge, and independent learning. The Mission Housing committment to investing in the Mission includes providing access to the internet via personal desktop computers at Valencia Gardens. The PCs at 360 Valencia Street have a variety of software installed, and are configured in multiple languages. Access is available without an appointment during most days.
Counseling and behavioral health clinic
Individuals, couples, and families who want to identify and treat mental health needs can visit Valencia Gardens and access free confidential mental health clinical therapy from The Clinic Without Walls. This is a community mental health program operated by the California Institute of Integral Studies. Qualifying Mission District residents can obtain free psychological services. Therapy is accessible to people who have been denied on the basis of stigma, discrimination, and socioeconomic factors.
Community meeting rooms
The Valencia Gardens complex has a multi-purpose meeting room rated for a occupant load of 85 people or less. The room is equipped with a presentation screen, sound system and kitchen. Tables and chairs are also available. Room rental rates are often reduced or even waived, based on need.
Other Mission Housing apartment complexes have community rooms available on a limited basis.