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Mission Housing partners with Sunday Streets; Will host “Play Streets” in front of Valencia Gardens

San Francisco – On March 10, Livable City kicks off a season of open streets with Sunday Streets Mission, transforming the Valencia corridor from 26th Street to Duboce into a car-free temporary park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In partnership with Mission Housing Development Corporation, join Mayor London Breed for a pop-up Play Streets in front of the Valencia Gardens complex, bringing a dedicated block of free activities, games and music for children, residents and neighbors to enjoy and re-envision their streets as accessible, public spaces.

“It’s important for Mission Housing to help create a safe space for residents to enjoy, meet their neighbors, and come together as a community,” said Mission Housing Deputy Executive Director Márcia Contreras. “With our partnership with Sunday Streets and Play Streets, we hope to create awareness that this space is for everyone.”

Inspired by the Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia, Sunday Streets is a series of free, fun events empowering local communities to transform one to four miles of car-congested streets into car-free community spaces for kids to play, seniors to stroll, organizations to connect and neighbors to meet. 

“An essential ingredient to any successful community is the opportunity to connect and fun,” said The Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) Director Daniel Homsey. “A pop-up space in front of a housing development gives residents that opportunity.”

Nonprofit Livable City runs both Sunday Streets and Play Streets, a program empowering neighbors to transform their block into an accessible, car-free open space on a regular basis for children, seniors, and neighbors to enjoy. Both programs are sponsored by the SFMTA and other City agencies, and Sunday Streets would not be possible without crucial services like Muni bus re-routing or traffic control officers for public safety.

Project experts from SFMTA and Vision Zero will be on hand throughout the season, providing neighborhood residents and visitors direct access to transit planners and ambassadors dedicated to sustainable streets.

Small businesses, residents, nonprofits and local groups bring activities, volunteers and performances to the car-free routes, with each contributing a distinctive character and energy to the day. A local hire program employs San Francisco residents for outreach and event-day support.

Transforming miles of car-dominated City streets into open space is possible through the collaboration and hard work of hundreds of volunteers, neighbors, nonprofits and small businesses. Donate, exhibit, volunteer or sponsor Sunday Streets in 2019 to be part of a sustainable, greener and more accessible future. For more information, visit www.SundayStreetsSF.com.

Sunday Streets 2019 Season Schedule

March 10 – Mission 1

March 31 – Excelsior 1

April 14 – Tenderloin 1

May 5 – Bayview/Dogpatch

June 9 – Sunset/GGP

July 14 – Mission 2

August 18 – SoMa

September 8 – Tenderloin 2

September 22 – Western Addition

October 20 – Excelsior 2

The Sunday Streets 2019 season is made possible by the following season sponsors: Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF), Mission Housing Development Corporation, San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFPUC), Genentech, Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Sutter/CPMC, Golden State Warriors, iHeartMedia, Skip, Sutter/CPMC, Xfinity/Comcast and Bi-Rite

About Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets is a program of the nonprofit Livable City, presented in partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Shape Up SF Coalition. Additional City support comes from the Department of Public Works, Recreation & Parks Department, SF Police Department, SF County Transportation Authority, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and her offices and the SF Board of Supervisors.

About Livable City

Livable City is dedicated to increasing affordable housing, improving transportation, land use, open space, and environmental policies, and supporting grassroots initiatives to make San Francisco a safer, healthier, and more accessible city. For more information on Livable City, visit: http://www.livablecity.org. For more information about Sunday Streets, including the Sunday Streets event activity guide, visit: www.SundayStreetsSF.com. For information on Muni routes and vehicle access, call 511 or go to www.sfgov.org/311.

RSVP for the event on Facebook, here

Leadership Training Series: Cultivating Resident Leadership in a Changing Mission

By Erin Reeves
Tenant Empowerment Organizer

Last month, Mission Housing kicked off our 2019 Leadership Training Series at Valencia Gardens.  This monthly leadership series covers a range of resident-identified leadership and community issues, including topics like financial management, nonviolent communication, tenants’ rights, and parenting skills.

For our first topic of the year, residents discussed changes they’ve seen right here in the neighborhood and the root causes and impacts of gentrification. In talking about residents’ own experiences with gentrification and the hopelessness it creates, the conversation quickly turned to action. What can be done to stop the destabilization of our neighborhoods? How do we instead promote healthy neighborhood change that is led by and benefits existing, lower-income communities? 

One answer is participating in community-led efforts like the historic hearing happening in the Mission this Thursday, February 7. For the first time ever, the San Francisco Planning Commission will host a hearing in the Mission District, specifically to hear community input about the project known widely as the “Monster in the Mission.”  

This market-rate housing development is planned for 1979 Mission, right next to the 16th and Mission BART Plaza. With estimated future rents of $2,500 to $5,000, its construction will exacerbate the already rapid gentrification of Mission Street and encourage further displacement of low-income residents and residents of color.

Mission Housing is a proud member of the Plaza 16 Coalition, a coalition of over 100 community organizations and businesses that have been working to advocate for 100-percent affordable housing at the site and build the power of local residents to engage in the planning process. 

Thursday’s hearing is an opportunity to speak up for the affordable housing we need and help transform the way we plan neighborhoods — to actually include the most impacted community members in decision-making.

 For more information on the hearing, visit the event page — Plaza 16 needs every voice, including yours.

And make sure to join us for the rest of our 2019 Leadership Training series. Translation in Spanish and Cantonese is available. Snacks are also provided.

Below is the rest of the first-trimester schedule. 

February 19, 2019, 6-7pm

Valencia Gardens Community Room

How to Be Heard: Communication Tools for Hard Conversations 

Learn communication tools that can help you reduce conflict, connect with others, and be heard better.

 

March 2019, 6-7pm (date TBA)

Valencia Gardens Community Room

Supporting Children’s Development: Workshop for Parents

What are the different ways children grow and change, and how can parents support children through those changes?

 

April 2019, 6-7pm (date TBA)

Valencia Gardens Community Room

Tenants’ Rights Training

Learn your rights as an affordable housing tenant and what resources exist for tenants in need of support.

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