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Mission Housing collaborates with Sunset Youth Services on music program

Mission Housing and Sunset Youth Services hope to hit the right chord to start 2019.

Young people ages 14 to 24 can now sign up for the inaugural Mission Housing Music Program at Valencia Gardens in San Francisco’s Mission District.

“I am excited for Mission Housing Services and our Tenant Empowerment Team to be able to collaborate with Sunset Youth Services,” said Mission Housing’s Deputy Executive Director Marcia Contreras. “Sunset Youth Services is an organization with tremendous history supporting our young adults and most importantly allowing a platform for our youth to succeed.”

The program was initiated by Valencia Gardens resident Patrick Kelley, who saw a need in the community for a safe place where younger residents could learn and make music. During its pilot stage, participants will have access to a sound booth and will be taught the principles of audio production and beat-making. They’ll also have access to music production equipment.

The program culminates with the release of a five song extended play record (EP).

“My vision was to create a space where I could see the kids and young adults where I live have a place to be, to stay out of trouble, to be free, to create,” Kelley said. “It’s important to see young people doing creative things.”

“We wanted to work with Pat and Sunset Youth Services’ Executive Director, Dawn Stueckle, to create this pilot program both to help meet this need and to really prioritize residents’ insights and leadership in how we develop programs here at Valencia Gardens,” said Mission Housing’s Tenant Empowerment Organizer Erin Reeves. “We reached out to Sunset Youth Services to partner with us on this program because of their many years of experience working with youth to produce music, and their trauma-informed approach to youth development through their innovative Attachment Community.”

The program begins on Feb. 12 and runs through March 7 with workshops every Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. Those who are interested can sign up by contacting members of the Mission Housing team. Classes are approximately 2 1/2 hours.

“We want to create a space where young people who live in the neighborhood can come create amazing music together,” Reeves said. “Even though it’s only a month long to start, we hope it provides an opportunity for youth to build music production skills, connect with each other, and start building relationships with folks from Sunset Youth Services and Mission Housing.”

“Together we will be opening opportunities to allow our youth to be creative,” Contreras said. “We want to thank the team at Sunset Youth Services, especially to Dawn Stueckle and her team.”

To learn more about Sunset Youth Services’ programs, visit: sunsetyouthservices.org

To RSVP, contact:

Veronica Green, VGreen@MissionHousing.org

Erin Reeves, EReeves@MissionHousing.org

Edwin Ho, EHo@MissionHousing,org

Valencia Gardens welcomes new Community Technology Associate

Residents of Valencia Gardens looking to take advantage of the computer lab now have a new leader to help with their needs.

Valencia Gardens, in partnership with <dev/Mission>, welcomed Jocelyne Umanzor to the team as the new Community Technology Associate. In her new role, Umanzor will oversees technical support for VG’s computer lab.

“They’ll always be greeted with a smile,” Umanzor said about what residents should expect. “Just being able to be friendly with [the residents] I know it’ll set a comfortable environment for them.”

Umanzor is a child of the Mission who graduated from the <dev/Mission> program as part of the December 2018 cohort. She said that while she had no initial interest of joining the program, which is currently incubated at Mission Housing’s site, an epiphany led her to pursue an undiscovered passion.

“I just realized, maybe I should take advantage of the opportunities that people come all over the east coast or wherever it is, take take opportunities here — maybe I should too,” Umanzor said. “And just take a shot at it. I wasn’t going to have anything to lose. And I did it. And now I work at Valencia Gardens.”

“We are thrilled to see Jocelyne not only graduate from the <dev/Mission> program but to see her collaborate with our onsite services team and provide support to our residents at Valencia Gardens,” said Marcia Contreras, Deputy Executive Director at Mission Housing. “We welcome her to our community.”

Umanzor’s responsibilities will include helping residents with: WiFi connectivity issues, virus protection software, social media account set-up, build their own websites and most tech-related issues.

“It was actually something I always imagined myself doing,” Umanzor said. “The thought of being a part of dev/Mission, it’s what kept me motivated to be in tech — to some way, some how, give back to the community because this is where I grew up, this is my home. And you know, a lot of it is changing and some of it is not good. And just seeing Leo [Sosa, Executive Director of <dev/Mission>] being that small, but very large, organization that helps out the community is something that I wanted to be a part of.”

The 21-year-old is another success story out of the<dev/Mission> camp. Her hours at the office are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“You feel like you belong,” Umanzor said of the program. “(They) have this banner that says “You belong here” and I feel like I really belong somewhere so I want to continue to be a part of it — behind the scenes, giving back to the community. Even if it’s helping a resident to print a paper or use a laptop, I’m still giving back in some sort of way.

“A lot of the times I would come across, that there aren’t a lot of women in tech so I felt proud and blessed that I was able to be in program and be one of the only females and learning about the new stuff that I didn’t know took place behind the scenes in tech. And I got to be a part of it and I got to learn from scratch,” she said.

Mission Housing and partners host construction job fair for opportunities at 1950 Mission

On Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 2 pm to 5 pm, Swinerton, Mission Housing, BRIDGE Housing Development Corporation, and the CityBuild Academy will host a festive event to recruit for upcoming construction job opportunities on the 1950 Mission Street affordable housing project.

The fair will include representatives from Swinerton, project subcontractors, the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Laborer’s and Carpenter’s Union apprenticeship programs, and Mission Hiring Hall. Attendees will enjoy food and drinks from the Mission’s own La Cocina and music from Mighty DJ Delrokz.

Swinerton and project subcontractors will present a timeline for construction job opportunities to the community to promote local participation on the project, and how to prepare and stay connected to those opportunities. Swinerton, subcontractors, CityBuild, Mission Housing, BRIDGE Housing, community organizations and unions have partnered in the effort to maximize job placements for the local community on this project and in the construction industry in general.

The job fair will be held in the Valencia Gardens’ Community Room at 390 Valencia in the Mission District. The program will begin at 2:45 pm.

For more information or to RSVP, click here.

“As one of the first affordable housing projects to break ground in the Mission, Swinerton is proud to be building this project and we’re so excited to provide opportunities for community members to work on the project,” said Miquel Penn, Swinerton’s Community Relations Liaison. “We would love for attendees to leave this event understanding from the top down and across the board that we are partners committed to providing opportunities for San Francisco residents.”

The 1950 Mission Street Housing Project is a 157-unit, below-market-rate mixed-use residential project located in the heart of the Mission District of San Francisco. 1950 Mission will provide rental housing to low- to moderate-income families, including formerly homeless families. Mission Housing and BRIDGE Housing, along with David Baker Architects, were recently selected by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development to develop and design the project. Swinerton is the general contractor. Upon completion, on-site supportive services will be provided to residents by Mission Housing Development Corporation and Lutheran Social Services, and Mission Neighborhood Centers will operate a new Head Start & Early Head Start youth space.

Mission Housing partner “Manny’s” to host United Democratic Club

Who says you can’t have fun and make a difference at the same time?

On Friday, Dec. 7 Manny Yekutiel and Manny’s play host to the United Democratic Club and its annual holiday party. For Yekutiel, it’s another step in line with his establishment’s purpose and mission.

“We’re lucky to be hosting multiple democratic organizations including Indivisible SF, the San Francisco Democratic Party, the Alice B Toklas Democratic Party, and the United Democratic Party all in our first few weeks,” Yekutiel said. “It is extremely difficult to find central and affordable space in San Francisco if you are a civic organization without a large events budget. Manny’s was built with this very purpose in mind and I’m honored to have the United Democratic Club with us on Friday.”

Manny’s opened earlier this Fall on the ground floor of Mission Housing’s Maria Alicia Apartments.

“One thing about the affordable housing industry that gets lost in translation is how important our ground-floor spaces are, and should be, to serving the surrounding community’s needs,” said Mission Housing Executive Director Sam Moss. “We chose to partner with Manny’s because we believe that the spot on 16thand Valencia should be a hub for empowerment so we are thrilled that Manny’s has hit the ground running and remains true to the spirit of our partnership with them.”

“We are living in a time where folks are hungry for real in person interaction, especially as it relates to how we are engaging with our civic life,” Yekutiel said. “Manny’s was built in response to that hunger and aims to create that space in a way that is accessible to folks across the many spectrums in this City.”

This year’s party supports Ignite National, a nonprofit that empowers young women to get involved in politics and serves as a movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders.

“It’s a fabulous organization doing incredible work.” Yekutiel said, “and I actually know some incredible women being supported by their programs who will be there on Friday.”