Dev/Mission Announces New Lease Agreement with Mission Housing

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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 leo@devmission.org.

Event details:

When: Monday June 3rd, 2019

Where: Dev/Mission HQ (360 Valencia Street)

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

dev/mission-invite

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.

ABOUT <DEV/MISSION>:

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.

Contact:

Leonardo Sosa, Executive Director

(415) 572.3947

leonardososa@devmission.org

Julio Lara, Communications Manager

(650) 678.4957

jlara@missionhousing.org

Mission Housing celebrates International Women’s Day

By Marcia Contreras

Today, as we celebrate Women’s International Day, I reflect on the work that we do not only as professionals, but as daughters, sisters, and mothers as well. It is an amazing type of work we do to leave behind a legacy for the next generation to come.

Today, I celebrate and recognize my wonderful mother that took a huge risk leaving our country behind 30-plus years ago to offer us a better future! Her courage, her strengths and her values are what make me the person I am today.

Today, is also an important day because we raise our voices together to celebrate our accomplishments, our passion, and demonstrate that we make a difference in this world. We will continue to stand up even when others want us to be silent. We will continue to push the envelope, fight for our rights and defend our future not only for ourselves but for those that will come behind us.

At Mission Housing, I personally have the privilege of working with some amazing women that make a difference on a daily basis with the work they do. I would like to recognize the following team members who support our organization daily effortlessly: Marizza Bautista-Ong, Ana Torres, Diana Walcott, Gail McGuire, Bulbul Goswami, Bhanu Patel, Veronica Green, Shanita Gardner, Erin Reeves, Sully Argueta, Janina Navarro, Ellie Barrios and Kate Ouyang.

– Marcia Contreras is the Deputy Executive Director at Mission Housing Development Corporation

This article was originally posted on March 8, 2019.

Mission Housing makes good on Mayor Breed’s Executive Directive; announces construction of 4 new ADUs

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced that in the six months since she issued an Executive Directive to accelerate the approvals of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as in-law units, the City has cleared its application backlog. As a result of this action, the City permitted more in-law units than it did in the previous three years when the City’s in-law program was first launched.

The Executive Directive Mayor Breed issued at the end of August called for the backlog of 919 units waiting for approval to be cleared and for all new applications to acted on within four months. It also called on City departments to set clear, objective code standards, and work to improve the application process for people looking to build in-law units. Since then, 439 of the backlogged in-law units have been permitted, over 90% of which are subject to rent-control, and the rest of the applications have been reviewed by the relevant departments and are awaiting responses from the applicants.

“We have made good progress to get this housing approved faster, and we will continue to work to encourage applicants to come forward to build new in-law units,” said Mayor London Breed. “This is just a first step. I will not let our bureaucracy stand in the way of building more housing, especially new rent-controlled housing, because we need more places for people to live in San Francisco. Whether it’s streamlining the approval process or eliminating permitting fees, we can and will do more to get more housing built in our neighborhoods.”

Since 2014, the City departments involved in permitting housing did not have clear and consistent standards on what is needed to add new ADU units to existing single family homes and apartment buildings. Instead, departments preferred to handle these complex applications on a case-by-case basis, resulting in unnecessarily long review periods, inconsistencies in direction to project applicants, and a large backlog of permit applications.

Since the Executive Directive was issued, the City has received applications for 206 new units, all of which were reviewed within the four-month timeframe. Of those new applications, 18 units have so far been approved, while the remainder have been reviewed and are awaiting responses from the applicants. Mayor Breed made the announcement today at a Mission Housing Development Corp. property where new in-law units are planned to be created from former garages.

“Mission Housing is excited to lead the charge for the Affordable Housing Community as we increase our affordable housing stock by what could be hundreds of new units converted from our existing Garages,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing. “During times such as these, in the midst of this housing shortage crisis, it’s important that every neighborhood prioritizes new housing, and thanks to Mayor Breed’s leadership we’re one step closer to solving the housing crisis. Mission Housing Development Corp. is in the business of housing San Francisco’s low income community not its cars.”

As part of the Mayor’s acceleration effort, several process improvements were made by the City departments involved in issuing permit approvals. A streamlined “roundtable” review process was introduced where multiple reviewing departments, including the Planning Department, Department of Building Inspection (DBI), Fire Department, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and the Department of Public Works came together concurrently to review applications. This improvement allowed all agencies to issue comments or requests for plan revisions to ADU applicants all at once, instead of the former linear process.

Efforts to clarify and expedite the application process have benefited from the addition of public services and documents now available to applicants, including:

  • Optional meetings before filing with the Planning, Building, and Fire Departments, allowing for early multi-agency collaboration and identification of red flags;
  • Public information sessions on ADUs for design professionals and homeowners;
  • Dedicated department staff to provide informative and consistent advice to applicants;
  • Both new and updated public information documents, including a first-ever multi-agency“ADU Checklist” to outline all requirements and submittal guidelines for each agency;
  • An updated “ADU Handbook” to reflect legislative updates and requirements for permitting.The Mayor recently introduced legislation to eliminate DBI permitting fees for ADUs and 100% affordable housing projects. Permitting fees are a significant part of ADU project costs and fees on 100% affordable housing can range upwards of $100,000-$150,000 per project.”We are happy to see Mayor Breed and Mission Housing continue to find ways to increase affordable housing opportunities,” said Dora Orante on behalf of the tenants at Abel Gonzales. “We’re also grateful for the creative ways housing can be designed to help others live in one of these units.”

    Further information about the City of San Francisco’s Accessory Dwelling Unit program is available online at sfdbi.org/adu.

Mission Housing collaborates with Sunset Youth Services on music program

Mission Housing and Sunset Youth Services hope to hit the right chord to start 2019.

Young people ages 14 to 24 can now sign up for the inaugural Mission Housing Music Program at Valencia Gardens in San Francisco’s Mission District.

“I am excited for Mission Housing Services and our Tenant Empowerment Team to be able to collaborate with Sunset Youth Services,” said Mission Housing’s Deputy Executive Director Marcia Contreras. “Sunset Youth Services is an organization with tremendous history supporting our young adults and most importantly allowing a platform for our youth to succeed.”

The program was initiated by Valencia Gardens resident Patrick Kelley, who saw a need in the community for a safe place where younger residents could learn and make music. During its pilot stage, participants will have access to a sound booth and will be taught the principles of audio production and beat-making. They’ll also have access to music production equipment.

The program culminates with the release of a five song extended play record (EP).

“My vision was to create a space where I could see the kids and young adults where I live have a place to be, to stay out of trouble, to be free, to create,” Kelley said. “It’s important to see young people doing creative things.”

“We wanted to work with Pat and Sunset Youth Services’ Executive Director, Dawn Stueckle, to create this pilot program both to help meet this need and to really prioritize residents’ insights and leadership in how we develop programs here at Valencia Gardens,” said Mission Housing’s Tenant Empowerment Organizer Erin Reeves. “We reached out to Sunset Youth Services to partner with us on this program because of their many years of experience working with youth to produce music, and their trauma-informed approach to youth development through their innovative Attachment Community.”

The program begins on Feb. 12 and runs through March 7 with workshops every Tuesday and Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. Those who are interested can sign up by contacting members of the Mission Housing team. Classes are approximately 2 1/2 hours.

“We want to create a space where young people who live in the neighborhood can come create amazing music together,” Reeves said. “Even though it’s only a month long to start, we hope it provides an opportunity for youth to build music production skills, connect with each other, and start building relationships with folks from Sunset Youth Services and Mission Housing.”

“Together we will be opening opportunities to allow our youth to be creative,” Contreras said. “We want to thank the team at Sunset Youth Services, especially to Dawn Stueckle and her team.”

To learn more about Sunset Youth Services’ programs, visit: sunsetyouthservices.org

To RSVP, contact:

Veronica Green, VGreen@MissionHousing.org

Erin Reeves, EReeves@MissionHousing.org

Edwin Ho, EHo@MissionHousing,org