How the Mission District Took Equitable Development Into Its Own Hands

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Since the 1940s, San Francisco’s Mission District has been known as a port of entry for multiple waves of immigrants, especially from Latin America. But, since 2000, the Mission has seen thousands of Latino families forced out of the Mission due to rising rents.

Unlike other buyers of other buildings with low-income tenants or businesses that serve low-income, largely Latino populations, Mission Economic Development Agency intends to keep every existing tenant it can, residential or commercial. Together with LIIF, MEDA and others purchased a long-vacant building at 18th and Mission streets which will include a Head Start program, 40 units of affordable housing and space for a local dance company.

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