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Rich Sorro kids attend Warriors Read to Achieve event

Marcía Contreras (right) of Mission Housing arranged for residents from the Rich Sorro Apartments to be among the dozens of kids at the Warriors Reading Time Out

Warriors Read to Achieve Time Out brings the joy of reading to Mission Bay area children

On Wednesday, August 3, the Mission Bay branch of the San Francisco Public Library was the venue for a Warriors Read to Achieve Reading Time Out, sponsored by Ross Stores. The event supported the Summer Stride SF tipoff. Several Mission Housing residents from the Rich Sorro Apartments were among the dozens of kids who huddled around Warriors alumni player and team Community Ambassador Adonal Foyle to read aloud from his children’s book “Too-Tall Foyle Finds His Game” and other titles.

After the reading, Foyle led the students through the Warrior Read to Achieve pledge, which encourages kids to read every day and learn about new and interesting topics. Every student received a Read to Achieve t-shirt, and Ross Stores provided each a new book to enjoy at home.

The Warriors Read to Achieve Reading Program is a year-round child literacy program designed to help young people develop a life-long love for reading through read rallies and other exciting literacy activities. Elementary schools, public library systems and local youth agencies all partner with the Warriors on the program, which is sponsored by Ross Dress For Less.

Warriors players bring the joy of reading year-round to Bay Area children through monthly Reading Time Outs, Reading & Learning Centers and other exciting literacy activities. The Warriors’ highly acclaimed child literacy program expands each year and now reaches thousands throughout the Bay Area.

San Francisco Public Library plays an important role in the summer when schools are closed by providing safe spaces and learning activities for school-age kids. The library’s Summer Stride: Read. Create. Explore. program has encouraged more than 12,000 students to track their reading time, and to visit the library.

South Park Improvement Association adds parklet plaza to Jack London Alley

A temporary plaza is now providing some public space for South Park residents and visitors. Photo: Brittany Hopkins/Hoodline

Residents of the Mission Housing South Park properties now have a little bit more public space while the park renovation is underway

Residents of Hotel Madrid and The Park View joined with other residents around South Park and successfully petitioned the City for a special feature to provide a respite from the congestion caused by the park renovation.

The San Francisco Planning Department’s Pavement to Parks program helped green light the conversion of two parking spaces along Jack London Alley into temporary parklets. The spaces will remain until the construction is completed.

Caffe Centro, a Mission Housing commercial tenant, has partnered with the City to help maintain the space. Caffe Centro also loaned the plaza project some tables and chairs until other larger tables can be provided.

Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing, told “…closing [the plaza] to vehicles will reduce traffic around the park and improve pedestrian safety in the area.”

You can read more about the new alley feature in the post by Brittany Hopkins on

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.

Walking tour explores Mission affordable housing

“Building a Future for All: Housing Tour of the Mission” provides details, discussion about future of Mission affordable housing

Twenty-five people from a variety of backgrounds toured a slice of the Mission District on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Most were stakeholders — residents, business owners, and other interested parties — who wanted to learn about the initiatives underway to provide affordable housing in the neighborhood.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Marcía Contreras and Martín Ugarte

Marcía Contreras and Martín Ugarte give an overview on Mission Housing Resident Services. Photos by: Tony Bear!

“Building a Future for All: Housing Tour of the Mission,” organized by San Francisco Housing Action Coalition and the Emerging Leaders Peer Network, gave a comprehensive look at how several built and planned developments are making more affordable housing stock available. Nonprofit, market-rate and city planning perspectives to address the housing crisis were explored.

The walking tour originated at the Valencia Gardens community room, where a continental breakfast sponsored by Cahill Contractors was served. Opening remarks were delivered by Rob Poole of San Francisco Housing Action Coalition. Then, Marcía Contreras and Martín Ugarte of Mission Housing Development Corporation gave an overview on how their residents are stabilized and empowered by Mission Housing services.

1950 Mission on the drawing board

Alicia Gaylord of BRIDGE Housing [update: Gaylord has since moved on to MidPen Housing — editor] presented details about the partnership between BRIDGE Housing and Mission Housing that is building 1950 Mission, a 100-percent affordable housing development.

David Baker Architects — the firm working on 1950 Mission — was represented by Sameena Sitabkhan, AIA. She presented and explained preliminary drawings of the design features. Then the tour took to the streets.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | David Baker Architects

Sameena Sitabkhan, AIA of David Baker Architects presented preliminary drawings of 1950 Mission and explained proposed design features.

Market rate construction with affordable housing

First stop: one of the Mission’s newest developments – Vara Apartments, a stylish six-story residential community built in 2013. The building of 202 units features new studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. A percentage of these apartments are designated as Below Market Rate — also known as BMR — units. Jessie Herzog of AGI Avant, the developer, gave a brief presentation on the history of the complex. The tour included a look at the common areas along the entry way, and upstairs around the clubhouse and catering kitchen.

Next stop: the site where 1950 Mission will be built. The tour paused on Wiese Street, behind the Navigation Center which occupies the 1950 Mission site now. Here, Gaylord and Sitabkhan pointed out proposed features of the alley running behind 1950 Mission, and showed where the commercial and other spaces will be located.

Mission Housing Development Corporation | Alicia Gaylord and Sameena Sitabkhan

Alicia Gaylord and Sameena Sitabkhan pointed out proposed features of the alley running behind 1950 Mission.

2060 Folsom Street – bounded by open space

The tour continued down Shotwell Street and paused behind the site of 2060 Folsom Street, a 100-percent affordable housing complex to be built by Chinatown Community Development Center and Mission Economic Development Agency. Elaine Yee and Karoleen Feng of Mission Economic Development Agency, and Shannon Dodge of Chinatown Community Development Center discussed how the 101 apartments will be augmented by a new street park being built on the parcel bounded by 17th, Folsom and Shotwell Streets.

The tour ended at the ODC Dance Commons conference room, where preliminary drawings of 2060 Folsum were reviewed and progress on the Mission Action Plan 2020 was detailed.