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Mission Housing breaks ground at 490 South Van Ness

(From the Office of the Mayor, San Francisco) 

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed and community leaders today celebrated the groundbreaking of 80 new affordable apartments in the Mission District, 20 of which will be set aside for San Francisco families wishing to move to the Mission under the HOPE SF program.

The 100% affordable project at 490 South Van Ness will serve households with incomes between 30% and 60% of Area Median Income (AMI), approximately $35,500 to $71,050 for a family of four. Construction is expected to be completed in Summer 2020.

Located in the heart of the Mission District just two blocks from 16th Street BART, the new apartments are being co-developed by Mission Housing Development Corporation and BRIDGE Housing. Residential amenities will include a community room, laundry rooms, bike parking, a courtyard, a roof garden, and resident services provided by Mission Housing. The ground floor will have a community-centered space available to residents and nonprofit organizations.

“What a massive win for the community that we are able to celebrate affordable housing on this site rather than market-rate units far beyond the reach of Mission District families,” said Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “I worked hard with my predecessor David Campos to ensure this vacant parcel would be used for the kind of housing my constituents really need.”

“The entire Mission Housing Development Corporation family is honored to break ground on our first new affording housing development in almost 15 years,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “It’s been a long, difficult road back but to finally break ground and start building new affordable housing makes all the time, blood, sweat and tears worth it. The affordable housing project that is 490 South Van Ness does not get done without the collaboration of several partners and a dedicated team of Mission Housing staff members. I am grateful for everyone’s tireless work and passion for the people of our community.”

“San Francisco is in a housing crisis that is driving up rents and resulting in displacement of our low and middle-income communities across the City,” said Mayor Breed. “Projects like this one are the direct result of the City stepping up to create the affordable housing that we desperately need.”

“We’re honored to be part of the team that’s bringing affordable family homes and community services to a neighborhood that has seen so much displacement,” said Cynthia A. Parker, President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing.

“This site will go a long way to help working families and low income households afford to call San Francisco ‘home’ thanks to an incredible public-private effort to maintain affordable housing options in this booming economy that risks displacement of our most vulnerable residents,” said Liz Minick, San Francisco – East Bay community executive, Bank of America. “In the heart of the Mission District and just two blocks from public transit, residents at the future 490 South Van Ness can access and be part of the City’s vibrant economy. Bank of America is proud to have provided $56.5 million in financing, including a $32 million construction loan and $24.2 million in a Direct Equity investment to help make this vision a reality for San Franciscans.”

Over $27 million in financing is being provided by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. Additional sources of funding include the San Francisco Housing Authority (Project-Based Section 8 vouchers), Bank of America, Barings, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee and the California Debt Limit Allocation Committee.

Mission Housing’s fortunes rise — as do two affordable projects in the neighborhood

(From, Mission Local Nov 1, 2018) 

By Julian Mark

A seven-story, fully-affordable housing development at 490 South Van Ness broke ground two weeks ago and another at 1950 Mission is on the way. But more than anything, these projects are a groundbreaking moment for Mission Housing Development Corporation, which has not built a single unit for more than a decade.

“Breaking ground on two affordable housing sites is a tangible culmination of the hard work and the in-depth soul-searching that Mission Housing and its current leadership has done to make it into the development corporations it was meant to be,” said Sam Moss, the executive director of Mission Housing, which was founded in the Mission in 1971.

The project at 490 South Van Ness, the former site of a gas station the city purchased for $18.5 million in 2015, will bring to the city’s housing stock 89 units for low- and moderate-income families — 35 of which will be reserved for District 9 residents living within a mile of the site.

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Sam Moss: Remembering Peter Neuendorff

Peter Neuendorff came to Caritas Management Corporation in 1986 to work as a property manager for the Mission Housing Development Corporation portfolio. He worked his way up the ladder to become President of Caritas in 1992, a position he held until 2016, when he moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to enjoy his retirement.

Peter Neuendorff represented all of the best things about the bond between the Mission Housing and Caritas Management families.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Sam Moss

Sam Moss is Executive Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation

We were buoyed by his endless work ethic, his intelligence, and most of all, by his heart and soul. Peter supported our organizations — and our missions — with everything he had, and because of him we’ll be here for another fifty years.

Peter was also a champion for anyone who couldn’t champion for themselves, and he did it in a way that made you want to stand up and be heard. He would become one of my most important mentors, believing in me at a time when no one in the San Francisco Affordable Housing Industry at large would even give me the time of day.

What saddens me, besides losing one of my closest friends and confidants, is that I owe Peter a personal debt that I’ll never be able to repay. Perhaps one day, there will someone I can support and empower, in the same way that Peter made me want to strive for what others said was impossible.

With a heavy heart,

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Sam Moss
Sam Moss, Executive Director
Mission Housing Development Corporation

In Memorium: Peter Neuendorff — President of Caritas Management Corporation, 1986 – 2016

Peter Neuendorff, and his pet, Blankita, a rescue dog, while attending the re-dedication of Betel Apartments in 2016. Photo by Tony Bear!

Peter Neuendorff dedicated most of his life to serving the disadvantaged among us, with a passion that made him a perfect fit for the Mission Housing and Caritas Management families

Peter Neuendorff came to Caritas Management Corporation in 1986 to work as a property manager for the Mission Housing Development Corporation portfolio. He worked his way up the ladder to become President of Caritas in 1992, a position he held until 2016, when he moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to enjoy his retirement. He made routine trips back to his home in Oakland.

Last month, due to an unfortunate incident which caused him irreparable, catastrophic brain damage, Peter’s directive to be removed from life support was fulfilled. He passed away peacefully on June 28th in Oakland, at the age of 62.

Memorial arrangements are pending.

Peter is truly missed by a plethora of co-workers, colleagues and friends influenced by his passion, charm and expertise.

“His focus and dedication to Caritas made Caritas what it is today,” said John Nuño, Chair of the Caritas Management Board of Directors. “May we all continue Peter’s good works at Caritas! Peter lived well and enjoyed the good things in life… a true bon vivant! We will miss him.”

“Peter’s special quality of creating community in the workplace helped Caritas’ staff enjoy a special relationship with him,” said Caritas board Vice Chair Viola Maestas. “Both clients and professional colleagues also fell under his charm! In Peter’s post-Caritas time, he had established permanent residency in Puerto Vallarta, and had plans to set up a community-serving nonprofit. He had a growing circle of friends, from proprietors of his favorite cafes and shops, to locals he would greet on his daily walks. And, of course he made friends with other expats and visitors from around the world.”

“His eccentric personality, combined with his unique choice of attire and occasional sailor mouth is a package that we will all miss,” said Devesh Patel, President of Caritas Management. “Peter once promised me that I would never meet anyone like him, to which I immediately agreed! Throughout the years, Peter touched the lives of many people in our industry and local community.”

“Peter Neuendorff represented all of the best things about the bond between the Mission Housing and Caritas Management families,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “We were buoyed by his endless work ethic, his intelligence, and most of all, by his heart and soul. Peter supported our organizations — and our missions — with everything he had, and because of him we’ll be here for another fifty years.”

“Peter was a very charismatic person with tons of extremely contagious energy! His focus was serving our residents, and caring for his staff, partners and community,” said Márcia Contreras, Deputy Executive Director of Mission Housing. “I will remember him as always having a smile on his face, always being willing to serve others, and always being supportive of our operations and growth.”

“Peter was a true master manager who earned absolute loyalty of all his staff, a deep understanding of his residents, and an appreciation for the many cultures represented in our properties,” said Maryann Dillon, Executive Director of Housing Initiative Partnership, in Hyattsville, MD. Maryann was Executive Director of Mission Housing from 1988 to 1992. “He never lost his cool and he was never at a loss for what to do next. He had exacting standards and he wouldn’t put up with anything less.”

“Peter was my friend, neighbor and colleague. He was the Swede with a heart of a soul brother. I loved his energy and enthusiasm whether he was telling a story of his colorful life, or of his passion for service and for getting things done,” said Sadie Vialpando Williams of Building Alliances Coaching. “His history is embedded in overcoming obstacles: from arriving in SF at an early age and living in the Tenderloin, to tackling housing and community development in San Francisco, to running a major real estate management company. He did it all with class, creativity and a positive ‘can do’ attitude.”

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