Mission Housing Executive Director Awarded AIA San Francisco’s Social Impact Award


November 28, 2018 —

(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.)  The watershed moments at Mission Housing Development Corporation continue with the announcement of AIASF’s 2018 Community Alliance Awards program recipients.

Sam Moss, the Executive Director at Mission Housing will be among those honored with the Social Impact Award by AIASF at the Community Alliance Awards Ceremony on Dec. 7 at Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco.

“It’s always very humbling to be recognized for the work we do at Mission Housing,” Moss said. “And even more so when that recognition comes from an organization like AIASF who shares our vision of improving the quality of life for the communities in the Bay Area. The list of people to thank is long so from the bottom of our collective heart at Mission Housing, a sincere thank you is owed to those who support our mission. I especially want to thank Mission Housing’s staff and Board of Directors, without their support and tireless efforts nothing we accomplish would be possible.”

The AIASF Community Alliance Awards honor the individuals, design firms, and community organizations whose overall efforts contribute to the advancement and enrichment of quality of life in the Bay Area. The Social Impact Award recognizes an individual or organization for extended commitment to community service or significant contribution evidenced by a positive impact on urban, environmental, or neighborhood issues.

“This year’s honorees represent the diversity of focus and commitment that makes our city a model for community-driven impact,” said AIASF Executive Director Jennifer Jones, CAE, IOM. “We’re thrilled to honor the important work taking place in a broad range of fields by these community vanguards.”

Moss joins a trio of winners that includes Cindy Wu of the Chinatown Community Development Center and the Youth Art Exchange.

Nominations were reviewed by a jury consisting of prominent members of the community, including Robin Abad Ocubillo, AIA, Senior Planner and Urban Designer at the SF Planning Department; Henry Siegel, FAIA, Co- founder of Siegel & Strain Architects; Sandra Vivanco, AIA, Founding Principal of A+D, Architecture + Design.

“About 5 years ago under Sam’s executive direction, MHDC orchestrated a historic come back to provide affordable housing and crucial resident support programs to a community that was greatly affected by gentrification and market-rate development forces,” the judges said. “Stronger than ever, MHDC is currently in the process of developing 4 different properties to add to their already robust real estate portfolio. Sam has repeatedly shown his adeptness at staying out of harmful politics and demonstrated his commitment to building community.”

“Mission Housing could not be prouder of the impact we made for our community in 2018,” Moss said, “and what’s most exciting is that 2019 promises to be even bigger with the groundbreaking at 1950 Mission St. and our footprint near the Balboa Park BART Station in District 11 – projects that will bring true affordable housing to San Francisco.”

In recognition of contributions like Moss’ to the advancement and enrichment of the quality of life in the Bay Area, AIASF strives to acknowledge extraordinary individuals and organizations for their service to the Chapter, to the community, and to the profession — their continued efforts engage, educate, collaborate, and advocate elevate the value of design and its impact on the experiences of our daily lives.

For a full list of honorees, visit www.aiasf.org


To recognize an individual or organization for extended commitment to community service or significant contribution evidenced by a positive impact on urban, environmental, or neighborhood issues.

  • Sam Moss, Mission Housing Development Corporation
  • Cindy Wu, Chinatown Community Development Center
  • Youth Art Exchange




Since 1971, Mission Housing Development Corporation has provided affordable housing options to residents of San Francisco. Now, Mission Housing is one of the largest nonprofit housing organizations in San Francisco, owning or managing 38 buildings. Its mission is to create and preserve high-quality affordable housing for residents of low and moderate incomes in the Mission District and San Francisco. The organization currently serves some 3,000 residents in 1,600 units — 1,000 additional 100 percent affordable rental units are being developed. For more information, visit www.missionhousing.org. Follow Mission Housing on Instagram and Twitter: @missionhousing


Serving the Bay Area for over a century, the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF) strives to improve the quality of life in the Bay Area by promoting architecture and design. AIASF represents over 2,200 members practicing architecture, as well as 4,000 allied community professionals in San Francisco and Marin counties. As a resource for our members and the public, AIA San Francisco strives to improve the quality of life in the Bay Area by promoting architecture and design. We further this goal through community involvement, education, advocacy, public outreach, member services, and professional excellence. aiasf.org


Julio Lara, Mission Housing Communications Manager
PH: (650) 678-4957
EMAIL: jlara@missionhousing.org

In the News: Affordable Housing project planned near Balboa Park BART station

(By Allison Nagel, West Coast Editor, Bisnow.com)

A new development that will bring more affordable housing to San Francisco is underway next to the Balboa Park BART station.

The 155K SF transit-oriented development, Balboa Park Upper Yard, will deliver up to 120 units of low- and very-low-income housing in a mixed-use project that will have community-serving space. There will be open space on a connected piece of property owned by BART.

The project from neighborhood nonprofit Mission Housing Development Corp. and developer Related California is in the design phase, and construction could start in late 2019 or early 2020. Mithun is the project architect.

“We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to deliver more high quality, affordable housing to District 11,” Mission Housing Executive Director Sam Moss said in a statement. Mission Housing owns or manages 38 housing properties and is one of the area’s largest nonprofit housing organizations. “The community outreach, planning, design, financing and construction will lead to delivering the excellent affordable housing and community services hub which the people of San Francisco deserve.”

Read the rest of the Bisnow article here

Mission Housing’s fortunes rise — as do two affordable projects in the neighborhood

(From, Mission Local Nov 1, 2018) 

By Julian Mark

A seven-story, fully-affordable housing development at 490 South Van Ness broke ground two weeks ago and another at 1950 Mission is on the way. But more than anything, these projects are a groundbreaking moment for Mission Housing Development Corporation, which has not built a single unit for more than a decade.

“Breaking ground on two affordable housing sites is a tangible culmination of the hard work and the in-depth soul-searching that Mission Housing and its current leadership has done to make it into the development corporations it was meant to be,” said Sam Moss, the executive director of Mission Housing, which was founded in the Mission in 1971.

The project at 490 South Van Ness, the former site of a gas station the city purchased for $18.5 million in 2015, will bring to the city’s housing stock 89 units for low- and moderate-income families — 35 of which will be reserved for District 9 residents living within a mile of the site.


SF Mission Votes on $50 Million in Affordable Housing Funds

Coalition of organizations mobilizes to give community input on how the Mission’s share of Proposition A funds should be spent towards affordable housing

More than 125 people crowded into a second-floor auditorium at 474 Valencia St., San Francisco  to vote on the use of $50 million allocated by the November 2015 election to help ease the affordable housing crisis in the Mission District.

After two hours of presentation and deliberation, those in attendance opted to prioritize a “buy now, build now” strategy that would see those funds go towards acquiring two or three medium-sized plots and building some 200 units of fully affordable housing in the next five to seven years.

Read more on Mission Local.