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.
The San Francisco Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved plans for a temporary vehicle triage center that would provide a safe parking space for people who live in their vehicles.
According to the plan, the center would be located at 2340 San Jose Ave., the future site of Balboa Upper Yards, a 138-unit affordable housing complex developed by Mission Housing Development Corporation. Construction on the complex won’t start until October 2020, so the space would only serve as a temporary spot.
“We’re proud at Mission Housing to continue our tradition of leading with bold ideas to battle our housing shortage crisis,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director at the nonprofit.
The pilot program would provide space for 33 vehicles, allow people to park long-term and camp in their vehicles overnight, and offer amenities like restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a kitchen and eating areas.
“Connecting families to services and supporting them during difficult times should be our direct response to the needs of our community,” said Mission Housing’s Deputy Executive Director, Marcia Contreras. “It’s a fundamental act of human compassion and kindness. Mission Housing believes strongly in supporting our families in need and connecting them to resources.”
Residents would be allowed to stay for up to 90 days, and after that their stay could be extended at the director’s discretion.
The space would also be equipped with security and office space to provide onsite services for those living in their vehicles.
Mission housing or housing on a mission? How about a little bit of both.
On Sunday at the 2019 Livability Summit, presented by Livable City, Mission Housing Development Corporation was awarded the Community Leader in Action Award for its work on the 18th Street ADU Garage Conversion Project.
“We’re honored to receive this award,” said Mission Housing Executive Director Sam Moss. “I’ve long said San Francisco needs to focus less on housing cars and more on housing people. We’re working to do just that with projects like the one on 18th Street.”
Moss accepted the award alongside Deputy Executive Director Marcia Contreras. Also named on the award is John Barber, Mission Housing’s Construction Management Consultant.
Part of Mayor London Breed’s Executive Directive to accelerate the approvals of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as in-law units, Mission Housing’s 18th Street ADU Garage Conversion Project is modeling a way to create new, rent-controlled housing out of dormant garage space that is accessible to seniors, people with disabilities and low-income residents.
Taking place during Sunday Streets Mission at The Chapel on Valencia Street, the 2019 Livability Summit & Awards Brunch was a chance to see Sunday Streets from the inside-out, socialize, savor a cocktail, experience thought-provoking discussions, and enjoy one-plus miles of car-free fun, all in the same day.
Other awardees included: Chan Kaajal Community Garden — a part of the city’s first new park in ten years, bringing green, open space for community-building, recreation and public health to the heart of the Mission in collaboration with local community groups like Poder.
People Protected Bike Lanes fights to keep and create safe, accessible bike lanes free from car traffic. Their work has resulted in the installation of protected bike lanes on upper Market Street, $150k in funding for the Valencia Bicycle safety project, and upcoming projects on Howard and Townsend streets.
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(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) — One of the premier Resident Services collaborations in San Francisco is taking another step forward.
On June 3, 2019, two years after agreeing to partner and incubate at one of Mission Housing Development Corporation’s marquee buildings, <dev/Mission> has signed a new lease agreement with the nonprofit developer making Valencia Gardens, located at 360 Valencia St., the official headquarters of the tech nonprofit.
“When we incubated dev/Mission two years ago, we could only dream that Leo and his team would reward our faith the way that they have,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director at Mission Housing. “We’re beyond proud of dev/Mission’s success. They’re further proof that Mission Housing’s commercial tenants thrive when they’re truly community partners, and we’ll continue to support these invaluable assets to our communities because that is the Mission Housing way.”
Mission Housing and dev/Mission are pleased to extend an invitation to the public on June 3, 2019 for the official ribbon cutting ceremony at the official headquarters of dev/Mission — 360 Valencia St. in the heart of the Mission District.
“Dev/Mission is very thankful to our partner Mission Housing Development Corporation for working together with our leadership team to develop this amazing lease that will help us enhance and deliver programming in the Mission District for years to come,” said Leo Sosa, Executive Director of dev/Mission.
“You know your work matters when you support an amazing organization and partner such as dev/Mission,” said Marcia Contreras, Deputy Executive Director at Mission Housing.
“Mission Housing is thrilled to be able to secure a space for dev/Mission, but most importantly what this space represents to so many young adults. We believed in the vision that Leo Sosa presented to us two years ago. Today, we celebrate a mutual collaboration that has produced opportunities to so many, but most importantly it has empowered our young adults to believe in themselves and become our future leaders in the tech industry. They will now be responsible to open doors to others coming behind them within our own community.”
Launched two years ago, dev/Mission aims to train untapped young adults ages 16 to 24 for careers in tech.
To learn more about <dev/Mission> and to participate in this event please contact Leo Sosa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Monday June 3rd, 2019
Where: Dev/Mission HQ (360 Valencia Street)
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
ABOUT MISSION HOUSING:
Mission Housing Development Corporation is a nonprofit, community-based organization creating and preserving high-quality affordable housing, and providing supportive services for residents of low and moderate incomes in the Mission District and throughout San Francisco. For more information on Mission Housing, visit MissionHousing.org.
Our Mission: To train untapped young adults for careers in technology.
Our Vision: To build wealth and prosperity in our local diverse communities through jobs in technology.
Our Goal: Our goal is to connect the most overlooked population in San Francisco, Bay Area and beyond; and expose them to careers in the tech industry.
Leonardo Sosa, Executive Director
Julio Lara, Communications Manager