Avanza 490 is one step closer to having dozens of families call it “home.”
Some 18 months after breaking ground at 490 South Van Ness, the 100-percent affordable housing development is accepting applications from May 11 to June 8, 2020 for 60 affordable studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units — marking another huge milestone for partners Mission Housing and BRIDGE Housing.
“With the chaos going on in the world right now it’s important to remember the hard work the community has put in to get us to this point,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director at Mission Housing. “81 units of 100% affordable family housing ensuring that hundreds of people will have a safe, high-quality home at a time like this is what’s most important.”
Applications must be submitted online at housing.sfgov.org using San Francisco DAHLIA Portal. For assistance, applicants are encouraged to contact one of the housing counseling agencies listed at housing.sfgov.org/housing-counselors. All applicants are encouraged to apply. Income and other restrictions apply. Subsidies and vouchers are welcome.
“We understand the need for affordable housing in San Francisco,” said Mission Housing Deputy Executive Director Marcia Contreras. “I am personally honored and thrilled to be able to present 81 units of affordable housing opportunities to our community in D-9 and throughout San Francisco that will include vital onsite services to all of our residents. We hope this brings hope to many of the families needing housing during these difficult times but most importantly, make sure you apply.”
Along with its 81 units, Avanza 490 will feature a community room with kitchen, a second floor courtyard, rooftop terrace, bike parking, on-site laundry, and professional on-site management.
Mission Housing will lead a consortium of community partners, in order to provide on-site supportive services. Another partner, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, will provide health and wellness programs and services for children, youth, adults, and families. People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights, otherwise known as PODER, will organize Avanza 490 residents around social issues, and provide leadership training.
The deadline to submit an application is June 8, 2020 at 5 p.m. The lottery for Avanza 490 will take place June 22, 2020.
For more information about Avanza 490, please visit Avanza490.org.
Units are monitored through the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development and are subject to monitoring and other restrictions. Preferences will be given in the following order:
1. Households in which one member holds a Certificate of Preference (COP) from the former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency will be given the highest preference in the lottery ranking process.
2. Households in which one member holds a Displaced Tenant Housing Preference (DTHP) Certificate will be given the second highest preference in the lottery ranking process. DTHP applies up to 12 units.
3. Households applying with the Neighborhood Resident Housing Preference (NRHP) Program will be given the third highest preference in the lottery ranking process. NRHP applies up to 24 units at initial lease up.
4. Households that submit acceptable documentation that at least one member lives or works in San Francisco will be given the fourth highest preference in the lottery ranking process.
For further information or confirmation of preferences, please call Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development Certificate Hotline: 415.701.5613. Applicants in each preference category must meet program requirements in order to enter into a lease agreement.
UPDATE ON THE COVID-19 SITUATION:
In these critical times, Mission Housing feels the need to inform our communities and partners that even though our physical offices are currently closed, our operations — and more importantly our mission — continue.
We responded to the “Shelter-in-Place” order and requested our team to work remotely to ensure the safety of their health, but most importantly, the ability to support our operations. We are blessed to have a team that cares deeply for the work we do and loves the communities we all serve. For the past two weeks, we have been busy ensuring the safety of our residents by working very closely with our Property Management teams.
Our Resident Services responded by distributing our “Wash your Hands” campaign in multiple languages to educate our communities of the importance to take critical measures to avoid getting sick.
Following that, we created a page on MissionHousing.org with multiple tools that our residents and the community-at-large can benefit from. This page is updated frequently to ensure our residents have the most up-to-date information. You can access the page by visiting http://bit.ly/MHDC-Response.
We continued to work on the “Shelter-in-Place” Resources Guide to distribute to all of our residents for easy access to critical information that is important for them to have in multiple languages.
In the coming weeks, the Services team will engage residents in a telephone campaign to stay connected and provide them with up-to-date information and clarify any questions they have in regards to the current Shelter-in-Place order.
More importantly, Mission Housing wants residents to feel supported and know that we are just an e-mail or phone call away. With that in mind, we created an e-mail that our residents can use to contact us. Residents should reach to out to MHDCResponse@MissionHousing.org or contact property management on site. Our main office number is still active! We are committed to responding to all messages left there.
We have implemented protocols to secure the well-being of our residents through our Asset Management team. They have reached out to every single commercial tenant to express our support and to assure them that we are all in this together.
Our Housing Development Department continues pushing forward with our housing projects, and rehabs — working closely with the Services Team and our residents to secure everyone’s well being.
COVID-19 is a challenge we are all dealing with, however we believe that this is the time to stay calm, focused and be resilient.
¡Unidos podremos salir adelante!
Sam Moss & Marcia Contreras
Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director
Mission Housing Development Corporation
Please note: Per the recommendation of San Francisco officials, the Mission Housing offices are closed until at least Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Please check back here for more as we get updates.
In the meantime, for more information about the Coronavirus situation, click here.Mission Housing Shelter In Place Resource Guide (Five Languages)
Stay safe, everyone.
If you have an urgent matter and need to contact a Resident Services Coordinator, please call (415) 864-6432 or email us at MHDCResponse@MissionHousing.org
More than four years after tragedy struck in the Mission, the people of the community can now take another step in their healing process.
The Justice4Amilcar Mural, “Alto al Fuego en La Misón” located at 3250 24th Street was unveiled Sunday morning. The mural is the largest in the Latino Cultural Corridor in a decade.
“It’s been an honor to partner with the community to support something that will hopefully bring us all together to heal,” said Mission Housing executive director Sam Moss. “This incredible work of art was created to celebrate the life and impact of Amilcar and Mission Housing is truly honored to be a part of it all.”
The mural is dedicated to Amilcar Perez-Lopez, who was shot and killed by officers from the San Francisco Police Department on February 26th, 2015. For just under five years, Perez-Lopez’s death has elicited widespread protests throughout the city and media attention throughout the world. While charges were not filed against the officers responsible, Perez-Lopez’s family in Guatemala, and the Mission community where he lived and died, refuse to forget him and others lost to police violence.
“We’ve always believed that our buildings are part of the fabric of our community and a canvas in which our community can express their voices,” said Marcia Contreras, Deputy Executive Director at Mission Housing. “As such, it is their voice that matters the most.”
The mural portrays Perez-Lopez, his family demanding justice, and the other community members recently killed by SFPD: Mario Woods, Alex Nieto, Luis Gongora Pat, and Jesus Adolfo Delgado. The mural also depicts immigrants and migrants killed along the United States’ southern border: Roxana Hernandez, Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez, and Oscar and Valeria Martinez.
“This mural not only remembers the tragedy and trauma of these police killings, but also the hope and resilience of the community that refuses to forget them,” said Father Richard Smith, one of the mural’s chief organizers. “It represents the ongoing struggle to purge SFPD of its decades-long racism, brutality, and corruption. Too many young people of color have been needlessly killed, too many moms and dads still remain in tears. May this mural both honor their deceased loved ones and be a prayer not only of lamentation but also for their healing and hope.”
Located on the new offices of the Calle24 Latino Cultural District, the mural is latest in improvements at one of Mission Housing’s scattered sites — work that began in 2017.
“Alto al Fuego en la Mision” supported by Mission Housing Development Corporation, Mission Night Walks, and organized by Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth (HOMEY). The mural was funded by Mission Housing, the San Francisco Foundation Rapid Response Fund, CHALK, and many generous community donations through fiscal sponsors Saint John’s Episcopal Church, HOMEY, and Fr. Richard Smith.
The mural was designed and directed in community and collaboration by Carla Elana Wojczuk with, HOMEY, Justice4Amilcar Coalition, Mission community, Lucía González Ippolito, and assisted by Flavia Elisa Mora; Lead Muralists: Carla Elana Wojczuk, Lucía González Ippolito, Cristian Muńoz, Anna Lisa Escobedo, Adrianna Adams, Flavia Elisa Mora (painting and poetry), Pancho Pescador; lettering: Sonia G Molina.