Mission Housing partners with Sunday Streets; Will host “Play Streets” in front of Valencia Gardens

San Francisco – On March 10, Livable City kicks off a season of open streets with Sunday Streets Mission, transforming the Valencia corridor from 26th Street to Duboce into a car-free temporary park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In partnership with Mission Housing Development Corporation, join Mayor London Breed for a pop-up Play Streets in front of the Valencia Gardens complex, bringing a dedicated block of free activities, games and music for children, residents and neighbors to enjoy and re-envision their streets as accessible, public spaces.

“It’s important for Mission Housing to help create a safe space for residents to enjoy, meet their neighbors, and come together as a community,” said Mission Housing Deputy Executive Director Márcia Contreras. “With our partnership with Sunday Streets and Play Streets, we hope to create awareness that this space is for everyone.”

Inspired by the Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia, Sunday Streets is a series of free, fun events empowering local communities to transform one to four miles of car-congested streets into car-free community spaces for kids to play, seniors to stroll, organizations to connect and neighbors to meet. 

“An essential ingredient to any successful community is the opportunity to connect and fun,” said The Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) Director Daniel Homsey. “A pop-up space in front of a housing development gives residents that opportunity.”

Nonprofit Livable City runs both Sunday Streets and Play Streets, a program empowering neighbors to transform their block into an accessible, car-free open space on a regular basis for children, seniors, and neighbors to enjoy. Both programs are sponsored by the SFMTA and other City agencies, and Sunday Streets would not be possible without crucial services like Muni bus re-routing or traffic control officers for public safety.

Project experts from SFMTA and Vision Zero will be on hand throughout the season, providing neighborhood residents and visitors direct access to transit planners and ambassadors dedicated to sustainable streets.

Small businesses, residents, nonprofits and local groups bring activities, volunteers and performances to the car-free routes, with each contributing a distinctive character and energy to the day. A local hire program employs San Francisco residents for outreach and event-day support.

Transforming miles of car-dominated City streets into open space is possible through the collaboration and hard work of hundreds of volunteers, neighbors, nonprofits and small businesses. Donate, exhibit, volunteer or sponsor Sunday Streets in 2019 to be part of a sustainable, greener and more accessible future. For more information, visit www.SundayStreetsSF.com.

Sunday Streets 2019 Season Schedule

March 10 – Mission 1

March 31 – Excelsior 1

April 14 – Tenderloin 1

May 5 – Bayview/Dogpatch

June 9 – Sunset/GGP

July 14 – Mission 2

August 18 – SoMa

September 8 – Tenderloin 2

September 22 – Western Addition

October 20 – Excelsior 2

The Sunday Streets 2019 season is made possible by the following season sponsors: Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF), Mission Housing Development Corporation, San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFPUC), Genentech, Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Sutter/CPMC, Golden State Warriors, iHeartMedia, Skip, Sutter/CPMC, Xfinity/Comcast and Bi-Rite

About Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets is a program of the nonprofit Livable City, presented in partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Shape Up SF Coalition. Additional City support comes from the Department of Public Works, Recreation & Parks Department, SF Police Department, SF County Transportation Authority, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and her offices and the SF Board of Supervisors.

About Livable City

Livable City is dedicated to increasing affordable housing, improving transportation, land use, open space, and environmental policies, and supporting grassroots initiatives to make San Francisco a safer, healthier, and more accessible city. For more information on Livable City, visit: http://www.livablecity.org. For more information about Sunday Streets, including the Sunday Streets event activity guide, visit: www.SundayStreetsSF.com. For information on Muni routes and vehicle access, call 511 or go to www.sfgov.org/311.

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Leadership Training Series: Cultivating Resident Leadership in a Changing Mission

By Erin Reeves
Tenant Empowerment Organizer

Last month, Mission Housing kicked off our 2019 Leadership Training Series at Valencia Gardens.  This monthly leadership series covers a range of resident-identified leadership and community issues, including topics like financial management, nonviolent communication, tenants’ rights, and parenting skills.

For our first topic of the year, residents discussed changes they’ve seen right here in the neighborhood and the root causes and impacts of gentrification. In talking about residents’ own experiences with gentrification and the hopelessness it creates, the conversation quickly turned to action. What can be done to stop the destabilization of our neighborhoods? How do we instead promote healthy neighborhood change that is led by and benefits existing, lower-income communities? 

One answer is participating in community-led efforts like the historic hearing happening in the Mission this Thursday, February 7. For the first time ever, the San Francisco Planning Commission will host a hearing in the Mission District, specifically to hear community input about the project known widely as the “Monster in the Mission.”  

This market-rate housing development is planned for 1979 Mission, right next to the 16th and Mission BART Plaza. With estimated future rents of $2,500 to $5,000, its construction will exacerbate the already rapid gentrification of Mission Street and encourage further displacement of low-income residents and residents of color.

Mission Housing is a proud member of the Plaza 16 Coalition, a coalition of over 100 community organizations and businesses that have been working to advocate for 100-percent affordable housing at the site and build the power of local residents to engage in the planning process. 

Thursday’s hearing is an opportunity to speak up for the affordable housing we need and help transform the way we plan neighborhoods — to actually include the most impacted community members in decision-making.

 For more information on the hearing, visit the event page — Plaza 16 needs every voice, including yours.

And make sure to join us for the rest of our 2019 Leadership Training series. Translation in Spanish and Cantonese is available. Snacks are also provided.

Below is the rest of the first-trimester schedule. 

February 19, 2019, 6-7pm

Valencia Gardens Community Room

How to Be Heard: Communication Tools for Hard Conversations 

Learn communication tools that can help you reduce conflict, connect with others, and be heard better.

 

March 2019, 6-7pm (date TBA)

Valencia Gardens Community Room

Supporting Children’s Development: Workshop for Parents

What are the different ways children grow and change, and how can parents support children through those changes?

 

April 2019, 6-7pm (date TBA)

Valencia Gardens Community Room

Tenants’ Rights Training

Learn your rights as an affordable housing tenant and what resources exist for tenants in need of support.

Mission Housing and partners host construction job fair for opportunities at 1950 Mission

On Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 2 pm to 5 pm, Swinerton, Mission Housing, BRIDGE Housing Development Corporation, and the CityBuild Academy will host a festive event to recruit for upcoming construction job opportunities on the 1950 Mission Street affordable housing project.

The fair will include representatives from Swinerton, project subcontractors, the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Laborer’s and Carpenter’s Union apprenticeship programs, and Mission Hiring Hall. Attendees will enjoy food and drinks from the Mission’s own La Cocina and music from Mighty DJ Delrokz.

Swinerton and project subcontractors will present a timeline for construction job opportunities to the community to promote local participation on the project, and how to prepare and stay connected to those opportunities. Swinerton, subcontractors, CityBuild, Mission Housing, BRIDGE Housing, community organizations and unions have partnered in the effort to maximize job placements for the local community on this project and in the construction industry in general.

The job fair will be held in the Valencia Gardens’ Community Room at 390 Valencia in the Mission District. The program will begin at 2:45 pm.

For more information or to RSVP, click here.

“As one of the first affordable housing projects to break ground in the Mission, Swinerton is proud to be building this project and we’re so excited to provide opportunities for community members to work on the project,” said Miquel Penn, Swinerton’s Community Relations Liaison. “We would love for attendees to leave this event understanding from the top down and across the board that we are partners committed to providing opportunities for San Francisco residents.”

The 1950 Mission Street Housing Project is a 157-unit, below-market-rate mixed-use residential project located in the heart of the Mission District of San Francisco. 1950 Mission will provide rental housing to low- to moderate-income families, including formerly homeless families. Mission Housing and BRIDGE Housing, along with David Baker Architects, were recently selected by the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development to develop and design the project. Swinerton is the general contractor. Upon completion, on-site supportive services will be provided to residents by Mission Housing Development Corporation and Lutheran Social Services, and Mission Neighborhood Centers will operate a new Head Start & Early Head Start youth space.

Comcast connects Mission seniors

Several dozen Mission Housing residents are now connected to the internet at a reduced rate, thanks to Comcast

A free event held May 6th in the community room of Valencia Gardens was staged to help qualifying seniors sign-up for “Internet Essentials,” the pilot program launched by Comcast in 2015. The program provides seniors with basic access to the World Wide Web for $9.95 a month.

The seniors who qualified were aged 62 or older, receive qualifying federal and/or state public assistance and were without previous connection to Comcast.

“For many of our residents, having access to the internet is how they put their minds to work and keep in touch with the world around them, and with family,” said Marcía Contreras, head of Resident Services for Mission Housing Development Corporation. “This is another way we at Mission Housing work hard to always be improving the quality of life for our residents.”

Employees from other sponsors of the event also provided the manpower needed to interview each resident and help get their applications filled out. Then, Comcast employees volunteered their time to represent the seniors on the phone with the Comcast call center to complete the enrollment.

While the registrations were being completed, the residents enjoyed free catered lunch, Bingo games with prizes, and karaoke.

At the end of the registration event ten laptops were raffled off, as were “Opportunity Cards” — Comcast gift cards that provided free internet service for six months.

The event was co-sponsored by SF Connected, a program of the SF Department of Aging and Adult Services. SF Connected provides free computer training at various sites around San Francisco. Also sponsoring was Community Living Campaign, a program dedicated to reducing isolation other barriers to aging populations and the disabled.