Mission Economic Development Agency

A nonprofit organization

#JuntosAdelante Equitable Mission Recovery

Strengthening Entrepreneurs, Affordable Housing and the Health of Our Mission District Community

DONATE one time or on a recurring basis. MATCH the joy of donating through your employer. IN-KIND education supplies such as computers and books are always appreciated.

— 2020 —

At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, MEDA pivoted its approach to focus on areas hit hardest by the pandemic such as Income, Business and Housing. MEDA provided aid in wage loss, prevented clients’ businesses from closing and kept families sheltered. 

— 2022 — 

Three priority areas of equitable recovery:

1. Small Business Success

This past year MEDA delivered rapid-response outreach, including the launching of a series of funds with our partners that will have a direct and indirect positive impact on small businesses such as the Right to Recover Fund, the San Francisco Family Relief Fund and the San Francisco Hardship Emergency Loan Program (SF HELP). 

2021 By the numbers:

  • 65 applications submitted for $10M in federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants.
  • All food businesses along Mission Street — the main commercial corridor of the Mission District — were visited at least twice by the Small Business Action Team. Overall, ~1,000 businesses were offered support, being contacted either in person or via phone. 
  • 82% of small businesses contacted were minority-owned ventures.

Listen to this success story from MEDA client, Fredy Gamez:

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2. Affordable Housing

MEDA’s Housing Action, Community Real Estate, and Mission Promise Neighborhood teams continue to provide free and essential housing services such as bilingual counseling on below-market-rate (BMR) rental applications, first-time homebuyers workshops, increasing the stock of affordable rental housing and preserving affordable rental opportunities. 

2021 By the numbers:

  • 45 families placed in affordable housing.
  • 1,500 applications for the City of San Francisco lottery for below-market-rate (BMR) apartments.
  • 11 new homeowners, with 158 future first-time homeowners served.
  • 270 units forthcoming at two new constructions in the Mission, a block apart at 2060 and 1990 Folsom Street.

Listen to this success story from MEDA/Mission Promise Neighborhood clients, Arold and Samuel Hernández:

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3. Vaccination Awareness

To mitigate and prevent COVID-19 among the uniquely vulnerable Latino immigrant community in San Francisco, MEDA is partnering with local health agencies to design, coordinate and implement a marketing & communications outreach campaign, "Las Tres Tías," to raise awareness of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Latino and immigrant community. MEDA's Promotoras team, or bilingual community outreach workers, will help educate communities that have been the hardest to reach.

Compelling reasons for the launch of this campaign:

  • In April 2020, a UCSF study showed that in one 16-block census tract of the Mission District, the overwhelming majority — 95% — of those who tested positive were Latino, even though Latinos represented just 44% of those screened. 
  • In the UCSF study, almost all who tested positive were defined as “essential” workers unable to telecommute and/or made under $50,000 annual household income.
  • In spring/summer of 2020, the San Francisco Department of Public Health estimated that Latinos accounted for half of positive COVID-19 cases, yet represent just 15% of the city’s population.

Here are three ways you can help MEDA realize 

#JuntosAdelante Equitable Mission Recovery

1. Donation: Even if you have never been in direct contact with MEDA’s services, chances are good you've benefited from our presence: our clients contribute to the vibrant cuisine and visual culture in the Mission District. Hit the 'donate' button to make a one-time or recurring donation.

2. Matching: We make it easy to double the impact of your gift! Just select this link and you'll be guided through the quick steps. Unsure if your employer has a gift-matching program? We've made that easy too with our search engine of participating employers.

3. In-Kind: MEDA is always planning for the educational future of its clients. Accordingly, education supplies such as computers and books are always appreciated. Please contact Cassandra Cisneros for more information on how to make an In-Kind gift at sflores@medasf.org.


In order to fulfill our mission, MEDA relies on financial support from various sources as well as partnerships with entities from a range of sectors. However, acceptance of support or collaboration does not necessarily represent alignment with all of the opinions, positions, views, or investments of our partners, sponsors, or public and private funders/donors. We maintain independence and adherence to our core values at all times. We are also involved in ongoing efforts to share our perspectives and positions on actions and policies that promote equity for the communities we serve.

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Mission Economic Development Agency

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Education Community Economic Development




(415) 282-3334