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Rice University students tour SF affordable housing

Mission Housing Executive Director Sam Moss (far right), Valencia Gardens Community Associate Director Veronica Green (4th from right) and Community Engagement Associate Chirag Bhakta (far left) host a tour of Mission Housing properties for students of Rice University. Photo by Tony Bear!

Houston-based Rice University students use spring break to visit San Francisco for service learning-based program

(San Francisco) — Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Mission Housing Development Corporation hosted a group of students from Rice University in Houston, TX. The students spent two hours touring existing and future affordable housing developments owned and operated by Mission Housing in the Valencia Street corridor of San Francisco’s Mission District.

The tour included discussions about the Mission Housing Resident Services program, and the Mission Housing Know Your Rights initiative.

The trip to San Francisco is part of an Alternative Spring Break trip organized by the students, and sponsored by the Rice University Center for Civic Leadership. The students’ goals in visiting numerous SF nonprofits and communities is to learn about the SF housing crisis — particularly its causes, proposed solutions, and community responses. Topics being introduced to the students during stops with other organizations on the week-long trip include: urban displacement, housing accessibility/affordability, and gentrification.

The Alternative Spring Break trip is a service-learning based program that teaches students to become advocates for specific social issues and, more broadly, agents of change.

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