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Mission Housing new hires bring experience, add capacity

Karla Perez (left) joins the Mission Housing Resident Services team as a Coordinator; Chirag Bhakta as the new Community Engagement Coordinator. The two were added to the staff on September 12, 2016. Photo by Tony Bear!

Community Engagement, Resident Services new hires will help stabilize and empower tenants

Monday, September 12, two new staff members were added to the employee roster of Mission Housing Development Corporation.

Chirag Bhakta is the new Community Engagement Coordinator for Mission Housing. In this role he will organize Mission Housing tenants around the most pressing issues in the Mission District. A San Francisco native, he was previously the Outreach and Campaign Engagement Coordinator for the Mission SRO Collaborative, a program of Dolores Street Community Services.

“I came to work for Mission Housing because of the opportunities it would open up for both myself, for the organization, and for the Mission District,” he said. “I look forward to building up an anti-gentrification, pro-justice grass-roots collaboration between the various communities which make up the neighborhood.”

Karla Perez joined the Mission Housing Resident Services team as a Coordinator, helping residents access community resources and enrichment services, both on- and off-site. Perez will focus on serving residents of four Mission Housing apartment buildings: Plaza del Sol, Maria Alicia, Juan Pifarré Plaza and Dunleavy.

“These new hires will help us focus on important areas that directly impact our residents, and increase our ability to deliver services,” said Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services at Mission Housing. “We look forward to Chiraq and Karla making outstanding contributions to our mission.”

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