San Francisco’s Mission District has always been a supportive place for low-income and immigrant Latinos, but it’s now one of the most unaffordable neighborhoods in the country. In fact, 8,000 Latinos have been forced from their homes in the last decade — that’s over 25 percent of this community. MEDA is using our years of experience to keep Latinos and working families in the Mission District and help them thrive.
The development at 1296 Shotwell brings affordable apartment rentals to the Mission for our seniors.
MEDA and Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC) were selected as the joint-venture nonprofit developers by the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) for 1296 Shotwell, which is 100 percent affordable housing for seniors. They designed the building to include pedestrian safety, security for residents, and amenities that encourage activities for seniors.
The 1296 Shotwell property provides much-needed affordable homes for Mission seniors, who will be connected to existing community programs and activities. There will also be opportunities to bring in multi-generational programs for families and seniors. The design of the building incorporates public art, so that the building captures the essence of the diverse culture of the Mission/Bernal Heights.
This is an award-winning building. 1296 Shotwell received a U.S. Resiliency Council Gold Rating — just one of 60 or so buildings worldwide to garner this acclaim. It was the first-ever multifamily, 100% affordable- housing development to be so honored.
For this project Jabari Herbert serve in an advisory role as a member of the Board with Meda, and voting member of the Community Real Estate Committee.